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Great Ocean Walk

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,585

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$ 1,585

Itinerary

Day 1

Castle Cove to Johanna Beach

Walking time: 3 hours Distance: 7km Rating: Easy
Ascent: 214m (269m) Descent: 236m (270m)

If you're joining our Melbourne transfer, be ready to depart Travelodge, Southbank (9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000) at 7.45am. Here, your guide will introduce you to fellow walkers before departing for a direct three-hour trip to our lodge at Johanna via the inland Colac route. Be dressed and ready to walk. If self-driving, arrive at Bothfeet Walking Lodge at 10.30am. Please try to arrive no earlier, as staff may still be busily preparing for your arrival.

On arrival, our lodge managers will greet you and we'll enjoy morning tea together. After checking into your room, we'll gather for the walk briefing and fit out of gear. Your scrumptious hiker lunch will be at the ready and it's then a 10 minute transfer to Castle Cove to start your walk. Leaving the Great Ocean Road behind us, 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. This is a prime opportunity to kick those boots off and enjoy barefoot - just don't turn your back on those rolling waves! We'll cross Johanna River (maybe with boots off) and continue to the beach's end where a cool drink is waiting.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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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

Walking time: 6.5 hours Distance: 14.5km Rating: Moderate/Hard
Ascent: 711m (1052m) Descent: 714m (898m)

We'll drive 30 minutes this morning to the most challenging day no the trail. It comes with great reward - the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Walk - known as 'the wild side'. Take a winding path that leads from Milanesia Track down through the forest to beautiful Milanesia Beach.

After a gentle beach stroll, we 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.

From here, coastal views stretch 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 to the west. A final seated lookout delivers a magnificent vantage point, just metres from the walk's end.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Moonlight Head to Princetown

Walking time: 6.5 hours Distance: 17km Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 267m (377m) Descent: 388m (537m)

It's a 30 minute transfer to Moonlight Head. The first four and half kilometres gently meander through native stringybark forest providing a contrast to the coast, concluding with a rise to the Gables, one of mainland Australia's highest cliff top lookouts. Tide dependent, you will descend onto Wreck Beach and continue through to a lovely lunch spot past Devil's Kitchen overlooking the distant Apostles. 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 its 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 (warmer months). We'll then transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner and relaxing final evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Princetown to 12 Apostles

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

Enjoy your final morning at Bothfeet Walking Lodge. After another wholesome breakfast, there's a final pack up, check out and lodge farewell before a 45 minute drive back to Princetown. If you're self-driving, we'll help you relocate your car to the Twelve Apostles carpark before returning to Princetown to complete your final walk to the grand Apostles.

These fabulous natural wonders emerge on slow reveal as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. There is a viewing lookout exclusively for walkers before our final stretch of trail into the Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre. You've made it! Now take to the skies with a thrilling Twelve Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of the coast. Ten minutes of leg resting, aerial wonder!

We'll then move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch and an opportunity to change (including an optional shower) before returning to Melbourne. We offer a drop off to the airport and Melbourne CBD after your walk. (5.30/6pm drop off to Travelodge Southbank and to Tullamarine for domestic flights from 6.30pm/ international flights after 7:30pm)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2018/19: Frequent departures from 1 Sep ' 18 until 29 May 20

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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