Stage 9 – Princetown to 12 Apostles

Great Ocean Walk - Walk Victoria's Icons

Great Ocean Walk

Princetown to 12 Apostles

7kms – 1.5 to 2hrs


The last 7km’s of the Great Ocean Walk starts next to the tranquil Gellibrand River next to the small town of Princetown. The Princetown recreation reserve provides a very affordable option for groups wanting to camp close to the 12 Apostles and it also has the additional luxury of hot showers and enclosed BBQ facilities which none of the official GOW hike-in campsites have. From a trail perspective the last 7km’s of the Great Ocean Walk is quite easy with no major challenges, though I’d encourage all those even with weary legs to make it down to the Gibson Steps which I believe is a better experience than the crowded boardwalks at the 12 Apostles.

Great Ocean Walk Map
Map showing the last section of the trail from Gellibrand River Picnic area to the 12 Apostles
Great Ocean Walk - Princetown to 12 Apostles
The Good Times Tours vehicle parked next to a small drop-off area for walkers looking to complete the last 7km’s of the Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk near 12 Apostles
Walking in paradise
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This lookout was built specifically for hikers who have finished the Great Ocean Walk. Approx. 500m up the trail is Gibson Steps and another 700m beyond walkers will arrive at the 12 Apostles Visitor Info Centre which is the official finish line. The best part about this view is that walkers will often have it all to themselves whilst the 12 Apostles will be jam packed with tourists.
Google Earth image of the landscape showing the Secret Apostles Lookout (image above) and Gibson Steps along with the official Twelve Apostles Visitor Info Centre.
Great Ocean Walk - The Finish
Edging closer and closer to the finish line
Great Ocean Walk - 12 Apostles
The Apostles coming into view
Great Ocean Walk - 12 Apostles
Almost at the Gibson Steps
Great Ocean Walk - Gibson Steps
 Walking to the base of the Gibson Steps is a must do for all hikers!

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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Jono Ingram – 0410 341 228 or @jonoingram

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