Stage 3 – Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

Great Ocean Walk Tours - Parker Inlet Hike

Great Ocean Walk

Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation



This section of trail is where I start my 2/3 day Great Ocean Walk tours from as it’s all dedicated purpose built hiking trail from Blanket Bay to Johanna Beach 35km’s later. The initial trail from Blanket Bay heads through coastal forest before descending down into the stunning Parker Inlet. At Parker Inlet hikers may have to take their shoes off and walk through a shallow tidal creek that’s usually only 2-3 metres wide. You’ll also have an opportunity to walk the coastal route along exposed rock shelves and beaches to Point Franklin or you can take the inland route which features a long staircase climb out of Parker Inlet up towards where the official GOW campground is at Parker Hill.

Whether hikers take the inland or ocean route, this section of the trail is really exposed to the elements with no shade on offer so it’s important you take regular breaks and keep your fluids up. In terms of difficulty it’s all pretty easy really and a highlight of this section is walking along the coastal route from Seal Point to Crayfish Bay with Cape Otway Lightstation in the distance. If you have time, I highly recommend taking a rest or enjoying a swim at Crayfish Bay as it has to be one of the most gorgeous beaches in Victoria. Once you arrive at Cape Otway Lightstation you can enter the grounds however it’s currently an $18 entrance fee for adults.

Great Ocean Walk Map
Great Ocean Walk Map showing the trail from Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation

Imagery from Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

Blanket Bay - Great Ocean Walk
About to depart on our tour from Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
The coastal forest section from Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet is a real highlight of the walk.
Trying to avoid getting the runners wet at Parker Inlet.
Parker Inlet
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Still smiling after a tough short staircase climb from Parker Inlet up to Parker Hill where their is road access and the official GOW campsite.
The Google Earth image above shows the exposed rock shelves from Parker Inlet around to Point Franklin for hikers that want to take the coastal route.
Parker Inlet - Great Ocean Walk
Taking the coastal route from Parker Inlet.
Blanket Bay Coastal Walk to Point Franklin - Great Ocean Walk
The coastal route does have its challenges though as seen above. Walkers need to be careful over the wet rocks.
Parker Inlet coastal route to Cape Otway Lightstation
Once you get around the corner from Parker Inlet, the coastal trail gets progressively easier and I’d definitely recommend it over the inland route.
On a hot day its pretty hard to resist going for a quick dip! Especially when you have the coastline to yourself
Great Ocean Walk Coastal Views
Taking the inland route to Cape Otway Lightstation
Great Ocean Walk in Spring
Wildflowers on display
Waves on the Great Ocean Walk
Epic coastal views are in abundance along this section of trail.
Great Ocean Walk Tour
Looking back towards Point Franklin. Approx. 4km from Cape Otway.
Seal Point with Cape Otway Lightstation in the distance - Great Ocean Walk
Taking the coastal route with Cape Otway Lighthouse just in picture.
Coastal route along the Great Ocean Walk from Parker Inlet to Cape Otway Lightstation
Seal Point - Great Ocean Walk
135mm Sony Mirrorless zoom lens in action.
Crayfish Bay - Great Ocean Walk
One of the best beaches in Victoria!
Crayfish Bay - Great Ocean Walk
Crayfish Bay is one of the few swimming friendly beaches along the entire Great Ocean Walk and it’s absolutely stunning!
Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation
The iconic Cape Otway Lightstation.

Explore more of the Great Ocean Walk

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 Princetown 

Stage 9 – Princetown to 12 Apostles

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Jono Ingram – Owner & Guide – Good Times Tours


  • 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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