Great Ocean Road Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Great Ocean Road Walking Tour

Great Ocean Road Walking Tour

The ultimate way for active couples or groups from interstate or overseas looking to experience the best of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk without the crowds.

Tour Overview – 

Good Times Tours is a small owner/operated independent tour business run by Jono Ingram and based in Melbourne. We love providing all inclusive tours for small groups looking to experience the best of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and specifically the Great Ocean Walk.

The proposed itinerary below is our favourite for those guests looking to experience sightseeing along the Great Ocean Road combined with an overnight 35km walk from Blanket Bay to Johanna Beach which is the best section along the Great Ocean Walk which is one of Australia’s best coastal hiking trails.

Tour Dates

Please enquire by calling Jono Ingram on 0410341228 or email bookings@goodtimestours.com.au

Tour Departs 

Public tours depart from Russell Street Extension directly behind Federation Square at 8:30am. For private tours pickups can be arranged for anywhere in Metropolitan Melbourne (Airport Included) and Geelong.

Tour Returns 

Melbourne @ 7pm to 8pm in the evening (drop-off address is the same as pickup).

Minimum Group Size – 2

Maximum Group Size – 11

Camping Equipment – 

Tents, Thermarest sleeping mats, Kathmandu down sleeping bags & inflatable pillows along with camp chairs are provided. We camp at Aire River West campground which is one of the most beautiful spots in Victoria and allows fires as well!

Please note for groups that want to camp with more luxury and hot showers, undercover dining area etc. we can organise sleeping pods or cabin accommodation at nearby Bimbi Park

Food – 

All tours include a BBQ dinner and cereals/fruit for breakfast. Fruit will also be provided along with muesli bars for your daypacks whilst walking. For lunch we will stop at Apollo Bay on the way to Blanket Bay. For lunch on day 2 there is a cafe at Lavers Hill (approx 15min drive from where you finish the hike at Johanna Beach). Also the van does have a fridge on board so feel free to bring any extra snacks.

The Vehicle – Good Times Tours has a comfortable 12 seater Toyota Hiace Van with a fridge/freezer on board, plus an ipad with spotify for tunes. There is also a fully equipped first aid kit and a trailer will be used for all luggage.

Price – $900 total for groups up to 3 in size. For groups 4 to 11 in size it’s $240 per person, however I’m happy to negotiate a discount for groups over 8 in size.

Enquiries – Call Jono Ingram on 0410 341 228 or email jonoingram@gmail.com

What to bring – 

  • Day pack for walking
  • Overnight bag with clothes for 2 days
  • Water bottle (water is provided over both days)
  • Toiletries & baby wipes (no showers)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Headtorch (if you have one)
  • Good walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sense of adventure

The Route

Day 1 – Depart Melbourne and spend the first half of the day exploring the sights of the Great Ocean Road before starting the Great Ocean Walk around 1pm.

Day 2 – Finish the Great Ocean Walk at approx. 1pm then go explore Melba Gully, Gibson Steps and the 12 Apostles before departing back to Melbourne.

GREAT OCEAN WALK ITINERARY

Day 1 – Blanket Bay to Aire River – 21km’s

– After exploring the Great Ocean Road in the morning we’ll aim to have you on the trail at approx. 1pm

– 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 lunch and chances are you’ll have the entire inlet to yourself.

– 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 will be there. We’ll rest here for approx. 20 minutes before tackling the last section of the hike.

– 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. If you choose the camping option, your tent and camp chair will be waiting for you along with a camp fire and a cold drink. If you choose the accommodation option the van will be waiting for your arrival.

Day 2 – Aire River to Johanna Beach – 14km’s

– You’ll depart Aire River campground at approx. 8:30am and 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 here and is a great place to take a short rest and have a quick bite to eat.

– From Castle Cove we depart on the final 7km’s of the walk with the trail winding it’s way along the coast which provides an amazing view looking back at Castle Cove & Aire River before heading inland through more dense forest.

– After a short while, the trail opens up to provide views of Johanna Beach 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 1pm at the Johanna Beach car park.

– After a short rest, we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the temperate rainforest at Melba Gully and then continue along the Great Ocean Road to the Gibson Steps and the 12 Apostles before we depart Port Campbell at approx. 5pm. The return trip to Melbourne is approx. 2.5 hours.

What You’ll Experience

Please note the below photos are all taken in order of what you’ll experience on this trip.

Bells Beach - Great Ocean Road
Watching the surfers in action at Bells Beach is the best way to start any Great Ocean Road journey.
Split Point Lighthouse
Split Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1891 and is a great introduction to the rich maritime history of the Shipwreck Coast.
Kennett River - Great Ocean Road
Trying to find Koalas in the trees whilst you’ve got King Parrots all over you is one of the main highlights along the Great Ocean Road. Whilst it’s very popular with tourists it’s really quite a quick stop and it won’t be long before we’ll have the Great Ocean Walk all to ourselves.
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Mother Koala and her Joey at Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road.
Blanket Bay - Great Ocean Walk
Blanket Bay is a stunning location to start your Great Ocean Walk experience from.
Great Ocean Walk Tour - Day 1
The section from Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet takes you through stunning coastal forest.
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
The gorgeous Parker Inlet makes a great 1st stop for walkers. There is a small shallow creek here which means you might need to take your shoes off.
The sandy track to Parker Hill Campground.
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Guests at the top of Parker Hill with Parker Inlet in the background. Self-Guided walkers will take approx. 90 minutes to get here from Blanket Bay so it’s the perfect place for me to meet them to ensure they have everything they need.
Wallaby on the Great Ocean Walk
A Swamp Wallaby next to the trail.
The stunning Point Franklin as seen from the trail.
Cape Otway Lightstation - Great Ocean Walk Tour
Cape Otway Lightstation
Crayfish Bay is one of the few swim friendly beaches along the entire length of the Great Ocean Walk and it’s in my top 5 most stunning beaches in Victoria.
Koala at Aire River West Campground
The local Koalas at Aire River West Campground are a real treat for hikers after their 21km hike from Blanket Bay.
Aire River Campground on the Great Ocean Walk
A moody Aire River.
Toasting marshmallows and enjoying some red wine around the fire at Aire River West Campground.
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Exposed rocks shelves near Castle Cove.
Castle Cove lookout on the Great Ocean Walk
Watching local surfers in action and waiting for my guests to arrive along the trail at Castle Cove lookout.
Castle Cove - Great Ocean Walk Tours
Castle Cove is the only spot along the entire Great Ocean Walk that the Great Ocean Road meets the trail. It’s also the halfway point along day 2 of the walk from Aire River West Campground to Johanna Beach so it’s the perfect place for me to wait for guests so that if they need a coffee, sunscreen etc. I can help them out.
Johanna Beach - Great Ocean Walk Tours
I always encourage my guests to walk the final 1.5km stretch along Johanna Beach with their shoes off and to really soak up this wild coastline.
Melba Gully Rainforest Walk - Great Ocean Road Tour
Once guests have finished the Great Ocean Walk it’s only a 25 minute drive to Melba Gully where you’ll enjoy a completely different environment that is the temperate rainforest of the Otways. The loop walk here only takes 35 minutes.
The Twelve Apostles.
Great Ocean Walk and Grampians Tour
Family portrait at the Twelve Apostles.

Camping Equipment

Good Times Tours provides all the high quality camping equipment we need for a very comfortable camping experience. We have Marmot tents, Thermarest inflatable sleeping mats, Kathmandu down sleeping bags, cotton sleeping bag liners and inflatable pillows to ensure you are nice and warm inside your tent.

We also carry a heavy duty 3m x 6m marquee (see below) that provides protection from the wind and rain if the conditions are not great. We also have a camp kitchen, fridge on board the van along with head torches etc. so everything really is provided.

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.
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Good Times Tours operates a 12 seat Toyota Hiace with trailer for all Great Ocean Walk Tours

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