Great Ocean Rd + Grampians – 3 Day Hiking Adventure

Great Ocean Walk Tour

Great Ocean Rd + Great Ocean Walk + Grampians Adventure

An epic 3 day sightseeing, hiking & wildlife adventure

Good Times Tours offers this epic 3 day adventure that’s perfect for active groups or families who are looking to combine a road trip down the iconic Great Ocean Road with one of Australia’s best coastal hikes, the Great Ocean Walk and also experience the ancient mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. If you like road trips, hiking, camping, drinking wine by the fire and Australian wildlife, then this is the itinerary for you.

Tour Availability

This itinerary is for private groups only so please enquire by calling Jono Ingram on 0410341228 or email bookings@goodtimestours.com.au

Tour Departs 

Hotel/Airport pickup and drop-off can be arranged.

Tour Returns 

Returns to Melbourne at approx. 6:30pm on the 3rd day, however this can be tailored to the individual needs of the group.

Maximum Group Size – 11 for private groups

Cost – For a group of 4 it’s $475pp, however this cost will be reduced per person the larger the group is.

Accommodation –

Tent camping at Aire River West campground on the Great Ocean Walk (toilets but no showers) and the second evening will be at Halls Gap Caravan Park next to the Grampians National Park (campground has hot showers, toilets and is located 200m from a general store, cafes, craft brewery etc. Please note both campgrounds allow fires!

Camping equipment provided includes tent, thermarest sleeping mat, goose down sleeping bag, inflatable pillow & camp chairs.

Food – Tour price includes 2 x cooked BBQ dinner and breakfast. For both days whilst hiking guests will be provided with fruit, muesli bars, water etc.

What to bring –  Your day pack with water bottle, towel, hat, jacket, sunglasses, toiletries & two changes of clothes. Please also bring a good pair of runners or hiking shoes.

Wildlife – Guests will have a great chance to see Koalas, Echidnas, Wallabies, Kookaburras, Cockatoos and Kangaroos.

Tour Runs – October to April

THE ROUTE

  • Day 1 – Melbourne to Blanket Bay – 4 hours driving time
  • Day 2 – Johanna Beach to Grampians – 3 hours driving time
  • Day 3 – Grampians to Melbourne – 4 hours driving time
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour Route

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

BELLS BEACH

SPLIT POINT LIGHTHOUSE

LORNE BEACH

SEE KOALAS AT KENNETT RIVER

HIKE 35KM’s OF THE GREAT OCEAN WALK

CAMP AT AIRE RIVER WEST CAMPGROUND

MELBA GULLY

12 APOSTLES

PINNACLES WALK

SUNSET AT REEDS LOOKOUT

CAMP NEXT TO THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

SUNRISE AT BOROKA LOOKOUT

BRAMBRUK CULTURAL CENTRE

WINE TASTING AT A GRAMPIANS WINERY

 For a more comprehensive tour details and to enquire see details below

WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE

Bells Beach Victoria
Split Point Lighthouse - Great Ocean Road
Koala at Aire River West Campground
Kennett River - Great Ocean Road
Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk - Parker Inlet
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Seal Point - Great Ocean Walk
Aire River - Great Ocean Walk
Aire River West Campground - Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk near Castle Cove
Great Ocean Walk Tour
Melba Gully - Great Ocean Road Tour
12 Apostles
12 Apostles Sunset Views
Grampians Sunrise
Sunset in the Grampians National Park
The Pinnacle Lookout - Grampians National Park
Brambruk Cultural Centre - Grampians Tour
Wine tasting at Seppelt Great Western

Our Adventure In Detail

Day 1 – Great Ocean Road Sightseeing & Blanket Bay to Aire River Hike – 21km’s

– We’ll depart Melbourne at approx. 8am and drive 90 minutes to the coast where we’ll stop at the iconic Bells Beach to watch local surfers in action.

– Now that we are on the Great Ocean Road, we’ll enjoy sights along the way including the Split Point Lighthouse, Memorial Arch, Lorne Beach and we’ll stop at Kennett River to say hello to the local Koalas.

– The next stop is Blanket Bay which we’ll aim to get to at 1pm so that guests have several hours to walk the 21km’s to Aire River West campground. On this private tour, guests will do the walk self-guided so a reasonable level of fitness is required however the trail is very easy to navigate and clearly marked.

– From Blanket Bay it’s a relatively easy walk through dense gum forest that opens up to provide spectacular views of the ocean before descending to the serene Parker Inlet which makes the perfect place for a rest.

– Depending on the tide and how adventurous you are feeling, there’s an opportunity to either walk the waters edge following rock shelves around Point Franklin or take the short steep climb out of the inlet. Once up on the cliff line it’s a slow descent down to Crayfish Bay where there’s a new section of trail that hugs the coastline to Cape Otway Lightstation.

– Upon arrival at Cape Otway Lightstation, guests will have a chance to refill their water bottles and access their bags as the van is parked here. This is also the stop where you can call it a day and be driven 15mins to Aire River West campground. However if the group is feeling strong it’s 10km’s from Cape Otway to the campground.

– The trail from Cape Otway takes you through dense scrub before opening up to awesome cliff top views of the Southern Ocean and eventually you’ll find yourself in awe of the stunning Station Beach. Depending on how you are going for time you have the option of walking along the beach or taking the inland route which runs parallel to the beach.

– Not long after Station beach you’ll find yourself seeing the raw natural beauty of Glenaire Beach from the Escarpment Lookout. From here it’s a 1.5km descent down a sandy trail to the Aire River campsite where your tent will be setup, camp chairs out and a cold beer and wine will be waiting for you.

– With daylight savings ensuring it doesn’t get dark until 8 or 9pm, there is plenty of time to relax around camp whilst a BBQ dinner is cooked for you. There is usually a few local Koalas in the trees which make for great entertainment until it’s time to sit next to the fire and enjoy a glass of red wine. After a big day, everyone usually crawls into their tents at around 10pm.

Day 2 – Aire River to Johanna Beach – 14km’s and visit the 12 Apostles and drive to the Grampians National Park

– In the morning I’ll get the fire going again and make you breakfast and most importantly some hot coffee. The usual game plan is to have guests hitting the trail by 8:30am. From camp you’ll walk slowly uphill, taking time to stop and enjoy the views over Aire River. The trail then follows the cliff tops with numerous vantage points to take in the spectacular views over the southern ocean.

– At 10:30am we’ll arrive at our halfway point for the day which is Castle Cove. The trail runs parallel to the Great Ocean Road and it’s here where the van will be parked so that you can grab an extra drink or bite to eat or take a layer off etc.

– From Castle Cove you depart on the final 7km’s of the walk with the trail winding it’s way along the coast which provides an amazing coastal views.

– After a short while, the trail opens up to provide views of Johanna Beach which is your final destination. From here, the trail slowly descends down to the beach.

– The last 2km of the hike is along Johanna Beach with an arrival time of approx. 1pm. I’ll be waiting with the van and you’ll have a good chance to rest as we drive 15mins to the general store at Laver’s Hill which sells coffee and cakes.

– After our rest, we’ll drive a short distance to Melba Gully which provides guests a great opportunity to be fully immersed in the temperate rainforest of the Otways. The short loop walk takes approx. 45mins and is completely different to the environment you’ve seen to date.

– Next we’ll put on some classic road trip tunes and drive 45mins to the iconic 12 Apostles but whilst 99% of guests have just driven to take a photo, you’ll have walked some of this magnificent coastline and will have a much better appreciation of it’s beauty.

– From the 12 Apostles we’ll drive a short distance to the cute coastal village of Port Campbell to grab a coffee, before settling in for a 2 hour drive up to the Grampians National Park. It’s at this point my guests usually get some sleep whilst we drive the quiet rural backroads inland.

– Upon arrival at Halls Gap Caravan Park, guests are pretty excited to take a hot shower and make friends with the local kangaroos whilst I setup camp, get the fire going and make dinner. If it looks like the sunset is going to be epic, we’ll drive 20mins to Reed’s lookout and it’s also a pretty great spot for a glass of local Grampians Shiraz.

Day 3 – Pinnacles Hike, Brambruk Cultural Centre and local wineries

Today is all about exploring the Wonderland mountain range that imposes itself over Halls Gap. Depending on the fitness of the group we can either depart from the Wonderland carpark or Sundial carpark. Both walks are approx. 2.1km each way to the Pinnacles lookout butt one is easier than the other.

– Once we’ve completed the Pinnacles walk we’ll head into town for lunch before heading to the Brambruk Cultural Centre which has been developed to showcase the rich aboriginal heritage of the Grampians (Gariwerd) region. We’ll have an opportunity to watch a presentation on Aboriginal culture, listen to a didgeridoo performance and learn about the six seasons that occur in the Geriward and how the lives of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes were linked to this cycle.

– After an epic fun filled adventure it’s now time to sample what else the region is famous for and that’s wine! We’ll stop at Best’s Winery and Seppelt Great Western which are two fantastic local wineries. Once we’ve finished at the wineries we’ll depart for Melbourne with an approx. arrival time of 6:30pm.

Jono Ingram - Good Times Tours
Owner & Guide – Jono Ingram

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us on any of the platforms below.

bookings@goodtimestours.com.au 

facebook.com/goodtimestoursvictoria

@goodtimestours

Jono Ingram – 0410 341 228 or @jonoingram

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