Great Ocean Walk Info

Great Ocean Walk Tours

Great Ocean Walk Tours & Trail Information

Great Ocean Walk Private Tour Options

Since 2015 I’ve taken guests from Australian and overseas visitors to experience the best of this hiking trail along with sightseeing the Great Ocean Road and beyond. Please see our tour options below which are all pack-free hiking and I offer both camping and accommodation options. Each tour can be completely tailored to fitness levels and any accommodation / dietary requirements.

2 Day Great Ocean Walk Tour

2 Day Great Ocean Road / Great Ocean Walk Tour

3 Day Great Ocean Walk Tour

3 Day Great Ocean Road / Great Ocean Walk & Grampians National Park Tour

4 Day Great Ocean Walk Tour

Stage Details and Walk Information

The stages of the Great Ocean Walk were developed by Parks Victoria and really represent where the campgrounds are along the trail. Parks Victoria tend to have a conservative estimate of approx. 13km between campgrounds which has resulted in their recommendation of taking approx 7-9 days to complete the trail, however I feel due to many people’s time commitments these days, most groups tend to try and do the walk in 4-5 days. For more information on all 9 stages of the hike, please click on the individual links below.

Great Ocean Walk Track Notes & Stages

The Great Ocean Walk is 100km’s in length and is divided into 9 stages. The links below will provide more information on each section of trail.

Stage 1 – Apollo Bay to Elliot Ridge

Stage 2 – Elliot Ridge to Blanket Bay

Stage 3 – Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

Stage 4 – Cape Otway to Aire River

Stage 5 – Aire River to Johanna Beach

Stage 6 – Johanna Beach to Ryans Den 

Stage 7 – Ryans Den to Devils Kitchen 

Stage 8 – Devils Kitchen to 12 Princetown

Stage 9 – Princetown to 12 Apostles

Best time of year to do the Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk is a 100km long trail from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles near Port Campbell and is one of the longest coastal hiking trails in the country. After completing the hike numerous times and running approx. 25 tours over the past 4 years, I’ve found the best time of year to do the hike is in October/November and March/April. These shoulder seasons are generally a bit cooler and with the added bonus of daylight savings so you can enjoy camp in the evening or if you are late on the trail, you’ll still have plenty of time to make it to camp. The trail does have some wooded sections where you are protected from the sun, but for the majority of the hike you are exposed to the elements. Obviously the coast is always nearby if you are inclined to go for a swim to cool down.

Great Ocean Walk Shuttles & Transport

Great Ocean Walk - Official Trail Map

Given the length of the trail and the nature of a point to point walk, the logistics side of things for the Great Ocean Walk is definitely the main obstacle that tends to stop more people from enjoying this epic trail. If you are driving or getting the Vline bus to Apollo Bay to start the walk, then there are a few local operators who can help bring you back to your vehicle.

Walk 91 – Established tour operator that is based in Apollo Bay and has 12 seat Toyota Hiace Commuters that can shuttle up to 11 guests. (03) 5237 1189

Great Ocean Walk Shuttle Service – Peter Fillmore is a local who can shuttle 4 guests in his Nissan Navara and can be reached on 0428 091 694.

Ride with us Shuttle Service – Operate shuttles for walkers can be reached on – 0438 407 777

Great Ocean Walk Accommodation Options

Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk is a 104km coastal trail that starts from the popular coastal village of Apollo Bay and finishes at the 12 Apostles. Along the trail there is 7 dedicated hike-in campgrounds however there is also some fantastic accommodation options for those couples or groups looking to stay in accommodation along the way.

The list of accommodation below is in order of the trail.

CAPE OTWAY

Bimbi Park – Has multiple accommodation options to suit couples all the way up to large groups looking to enjoy the Great Ocean Walk.

Panorama Cottage

Cape Otway Lightstation

AIRE RIVER VALLEY

Otway Aire – Eco Cottage set on 2 acres

The Dunes Homestead

MoonLight Cottage at Cape Otway Cottages

Moonrise Cottage at Cape Otway Cottages

CASTLE COVE

Great Ocean Walk Retreat

Chi Medicinal Farm

JUST BEYOND CASTLE COVE

Tophouse2

Seagarden Retreat

Moonlight View Retreat

JOHANNA BEACH

The Boomerangs at Johanna

Johanna Beach Ocean Views

Johanna Manor

Johanna Seaside Cottages

WATTLE HILL (CLOSE TO THE GABLES & WRECK BEACH)

Alkina Lodge – 12 Apostles Luxury Lodge

By Moonlight

PRINCETOWN

Otway Coastal Villas

The Great Escape Princetown

Pebble Point – Glamping

Great Ocean Walk Image Gallery

The below photos have been taken from numerous personal and guided tours of the Great Ocean Walk since 2015. The images are in order of the trail from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. For more information on hiking the Great Ocean Walk feel free to call Jono Ingram on 0410 341 228, email jonoingram@gmail.com or lookup @greatoceanwalktours on Instagram.

Blanket Bay - Great Ocean Walk
The view from Blanket Bay.
Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
The trail on the way to Parker Inlet.
Great Ocean Walk - Parker Inlet
Looking down on Parker Inlet and the low tide route to Cape Otway Lightstation.
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Parker River - Great Ocean Walk Tour
Parker Inlet with a full Parker River (please note its normally only ankle deep)
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Taking the inland route near Parker Hill campground.
Cape Otway Lightstation from Seal Point on the Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation in the distance.
Crayfish Bay - Great Ocean Walk Tour
Crayfish Bay – One of the most stunning beaches on the whole coastline.
Station Beach - Great Ocean Walk
Walking the inland route along Station Beach.
great ocean walk tour - station beach
Near Aire River.
Aire River West Campground - Great Ocean Walk
Crossing the bridge over to Aire River West campground.
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On the trail near Castle Cove lookout
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Johanna Beach
Great Ocean Walk - Ryans Den
Great Ocean Walk - Wreck Beach
Wreck Beach.
Great Ocean Walk - Wreck Beach 2
Wreck Beach.
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Near Princetown (Almost there!)
Great Ocean Walk - The Finish
Apostles in sight!
Great Ocean Walk - Walk Victoria's Icons
Made it!
Jono Ingram – Owner & Guide – Good Times Tours

CHOOSE GOOD TIMES TOURS FOR YOUR GREAT OCEAN WALK EXPERIENCE

  • Jono Ingram from Good Times Tours is Melbourne based so can provide return transport for public & private groups.
  • I setup camp and cook for you. You simply walk with your day pack.
  • We provide high quality tents, thermarest sleeping pads, pillows, down sleeping bags, camp chairs and a 6x3m waterproof marquee as camping equipment for all of our guests.
  • I offer an an affordable option for groups up to 11 in size, looking for a no-fuss and flexible experience.
  • I can cater for groups looking to spend anywhere between 2-4 days on the Great Ocean Walk.
Good Times Tours operates a 12 seat Toyota Hiace with trailer for all Great Ocean Walk Tours

Read Our Reviews

Kate Moxhay
Kate Moxhay
2024-03-18
Jono was an exceptional driver and host for our group's tour around the Heathcote wine region yesterday. Would highly recommend Jono to anyone looking for a reliable, friendly and fun host!
Jessica Cowin
Jessica Cowin
2024-03-09
Jono was the most amazing tour guide. He elevated our Yarra Valley wine tour experience. Great fun and well managed tour, he got us everywhere on time and took us to some great wineries. Would definitely roll with him again!
Nobu Kurihara
Nobu Kurihara
2022-11-19
Jono took our Japanese group to Heathcoat wineries. Excellent private tour. Our guide Jono was incredibly knowledgable, cheerful and gave us a fantastic day! We learnt about history, culture, features and much more. He was well traveled and have flexibility, high standards, and we were very happy with Jono's tour - he had great memory and experience in Japan and all over the world, we also enjoyed chatting with him!
Dale Manson
Dale Manson
2022-07-10
Jono was fantastic. From prior to the booking right through to the day, Jono was accommodating and a great communicator. Jono looked after us superbly throughout our wine tour in the Macedon Ranges. If you’re looking for a reliable and quality tour, hit up Jono!
Anna Bevington
Anna Bevington
2021-02-07
We loved our 1 day winery tour in Heathcote. Jono had picked some great independent venues where you got to meet the owners and everything was well organised from start to finish. The bus was comfy and clean, price was very good value and Jono was a great host. Would definitely recommend!
Lauren Howe
Lauren Howe
2021-02-07
Jono took a group of us on a wine tour around the Heathcote wine region. It was such a great day out and amazing to go to the small independent wineries where the whole experience felt very personal - highly recommend
Robert Street
Robert Street
2020-03-13
My wife and I took a 2-day Great Ocean Walk with Jono. We started at Blanket Bay and finished at Johanna Beach. Then he took us to see the 12 Apostles. It couldn't have been more fun. Jono is a very engaging guide and host. He took care of every detail. He is extremely well-traveled, and it was fun to hear about his adventures. The walks each day were broken into 1 1/2 to 2 hour sections with Jono greeting us at the ends with snacks and cold drinks. His camping equipment made the chilly evening manageable. We highly recommend Jono and Good Times.
Justin Flannery
Justin Flannery
2020-02-27
We called on Jono to organise a private wine tour of the Yarra Valley and had a great day out! He organised our tastings and booked lunch for us and then gave us the flexibility on the day to add in other venues. The group all appreciated his local knowledge and relaxed personality.

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