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Great Ocean Walk

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,715

The Twelve Apostles Walk is a stunning, lodge accommodated, guided walk that covers 55kms over 4 days including moderate to challenging terrain with views of the iconic Twelve Apostles.


Discover the sights of the rugged Victorian coast up close on this 4 day walking tour.

A combination of beach-side paths and inland trails, your route brings you to many major sights, including The Twelve Apostles, Dinosaur Cove and Otway National Park. Explorer Matthew Flinders observed he had ‘seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline’. Though inhospitable to ships, this stretch of coast can be a haven for wildlife watchers, with the chance to spot seals, dolphins and the occasional whale just off shore. Your guide will be on hand with safety equipment, and each day ends at comfortable lodge accommodation with all meals included.  


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,715

Itinerary

Day 1

Castle Cove to Johanna Beach

Walking time: 4 hours Distance: 7.5km (10.5km) Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 214m (269m) Descent: 236m (270m)

On arrival at bothfeet walking lodge, enjoy morning tea. There will be a walk briefing from your guide, a gear fit out and check and an opportunity to change for those not already in their walking gear. Pack your scrumptious hiker lunch and then it's a 5 minute transfer to Castle Cove to start your walk. Leaving the Great Ocean Road behind you, the afternoon begins amongst tea-tree with regular cliff top ocean vistas before entering an enchanting grass tree forest. Soon after, drop down onto Johanna Beach for two kilometres of soft sand walking with the ocean only metres from your feet. A great opportunity to take off your boots and enjoy barefoot, just don't turn your back to the unpredictable waves! Cross Johanna River (may need to take boots off) and make your way to the end of the beach. The choice is yours from here - it's an easy 3km stroll back to the lodge or your guide will call for road support to come and get you!

Endurance option (3km): Walk into to lodge.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Bothfeet Walking Lodge

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    Bothfeet Walking Lodge



    Bothfeet walking lodge at Johanna is at the midpoint of the Great Ocean Walk trail and the start of the Twelve Apostles Walk. Sustainably designed and built during 2008, the lodge is the home base for our hikers alone. Bothfeet walking lodge is an environmentally ...

    Bothfeet walking lodge at Johanna is at the midpoint of the Great Ocean Walk trail and the start of the Twelve Apostles Walk. Sustainably designed and built during 2008, the lodge is the home base for our hikers alone. Bothfeet walking lodge is an environmentally sustainable award winning lodge located 30 minutes from the nearest town and 3 hours from Melbourne. It is a modern architecturally designed eco-development that incorporates many best practices.

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Day 2

Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head (Endurance option: Johanna Beach start)

Walking time: 8 hours Distance: 12.5km (20.5km) Rating: Hard
Ascent: 711m (1052m) Descent: 714m (898m)

The most challenging day on the trail, you will be rewarded with the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Walk - 'the wild side'. Take a winding path that leads from Milanesia Gate down through the forest to beautiful Milanesia Beach. After a gentle beach stroll, turn upwards for a short, but steep climb that sets the tone for the trail ahead. The trail is dissected by gullies before a gradual climb, which delivers fabulous views back over Milanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalypts dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. The trail continues in a westerly direction until a steady climb leads us out of the forest and into Ryans Den campsite. Be rewarded with superb views of the coast to both Cape Volney and Cape Otway; an ideal place to reflect on your journey so far. The walk from here rises and falls many times as it parallels the coastline before cutting along the ridge behind Cape Volney, providing breathtaking views, this time to the west. A final seated look out provides a magnificent vantage point, only 100 metres from today's endpoint.

Endurance option (8km): Start early at Johanna Beach and traverse the rolling green hills of the Johanna valley, past some very happy cows and 'roos. Stretch out on a country lane as it rises to the highest point of the Great Ocean Walk.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Gables to Princetown (Endurance option: Moonlight Head start)

Walking time: 7 hours Distance: 13km (17.5km) Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 267m (377m) Descent: 388m (537m)

It's a 30 minute transfer to The Gables lookout, one of mainland Australia's highest cliff top lookouts. Tide dependent, you will drop onto Wreck Beach and continue through to a lovely lunch spot past Devil's Kitchen overlooking the Apostles in the distance. Wilder days will give an insight into the cauldron-like ocean at this part of the coast. A high tide option combines coastal scrub with forest and walks through Devil's Kitchen campsite.

Stunning coastal views to the west this afternoon provide the incentive to keep moving forward. The topography and geology change from sandstone to limestone and it's associated coastal flora. This afternoon is gentle walking that finishes at the Gellibrand River, nearby the sleepy hamlet of Princetown, a chance for a swim if weather permits. Your driver will meet you at the river and transfer you back to bothfeet walking lodge for a well-deserved dinner and a relaxing final evening.

Endurance option (4.5km): The first four and half kilometres gently meander through native stringybark forest providing a contrast to the coast, concluding with a rise into the Gables.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Princetown to 12 Apostles

Walking time: 3 hours Distance: 8km Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 218m Descent: 164m

Enjoy your final morning at bothfeet walking lodge. After another scrumptious breakfast, there's a final pack up, check out and lodge farewell as you again head west to Princetown. If self-driving, you will receive help relocating your car to the 12 Apostles car park before returning to Princetown to complete your last walk to these fabulous natural wonders. The Apostles emerge on slow reveal as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. There is a viewing lookout exclusively for walkers before the final stretch of trail into the 12 Apostles Visitors Centre. You've made it! Now take to the skies with a stunning ten minute 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of this amazing coast. Then move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch before returning to Melbourne.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017 : Frequent departures from 1 Jan. until 28 May & 1 Sep. until 30 Dec.
2018: Frequent departures from 1 Sep ' 18 until 29 May '19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily guided walks
  • Vehicle support
  • Walk transfers
  • Transfers to/from Melbourne
  • Meals as indicated.

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • Airport taxes
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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