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Great Ocean Walk

Park Trek Walking Holidays - 4 days

  • Great Ocean Walk
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Meals
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Park Trek Walking Holidays
How to Book

Overview

> Walk the world-famous Great Ocean Walk
> Wake up every morning to the stunning view of the Cape Otway Lighthouse
> Visit the isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach

Park Trek has put together a highlights package of the Great Ocean Walk that gives you access to the best sites this great walk has to offer. Your four days will see you exploring beaches, coves, and spectacular cliff top vistas along the spectacular 105km coastal trail. During this trip we stay in the Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages. These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Marengo to Shelly Beach 7 kms walking – 2 to 2.5 hours – easy grade

Our Park Trek guides will collect you from a central pick-up location outside the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road (just outside the entrance to the gallery and the large pools) at 7.20 am for a 7.30 am departure.

We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route in Anglesea for morning tea and a comfort stop. Arriving in Apollo Bay we prepare for or afternoon walk.

Today we begin at Marengo Beach – home to a colony of Australian Fur seals that hang out on the rocks in the bay. Your Park Trek guide will lead off and along the way explain some of the local history.

Following the GOW trail, we enjoy excellent views along the coast looking south-west towards Cape Otway and north-east over the ranges surrounding Apollo Bay.

We descend down to a beach for a rest before heading into a small section of Otway rainforest. The trail enters forest then starts to climb into higher forest of the Great Otway National Park just above Shelly Beach.

Delicious two-course dinner prepared by guides at Cape Otway Lightstation

Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse / Bimbi Park

Day 2: Cape Otway Lighthouse to Aire River to Castle Cove 16 kms walking – 4.5 – 5 hours – moderate grade.

After breakfast and lunch making we hit the trail. Today’s walk begins from Cape Otway Lightstation (right at our front door!)The views are superb throughout this section of the walk.

The walk from the lighthouse winds its way through wind-sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrub-land, and magnificent calcified cliffs. At Aire River Lookout there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach.

Following on from Aire Rive we have a further 6km walk through to Castle Cove. From Aire River the track heads inland for a while, climbing up and around the next headland through tea-tree forests, it then continues along the coastal path with sweeping views of the rugged coastline. Expect some ups and downs with a little climbing before you get to Castle Cove. Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance.

Sensational two-course dinner prepared by guides at Cape Otway Lightstation

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation / Bimbi Park

Day 3: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head (option of walking on to the Gables) 12 kms, 6 to 8 hours – moderate grade

After breakfast and lunch making we hit the trail and walk from Milanesia Beach, via Ryan’s Den to Moonlight Head.

From Milenesia Gate we descend to a beautiful and remote beach. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it.

From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway and west to Cape Volney. This is usually our lunch spots and one of the most scenic locations along the walk.

From Ryan’s Den, the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head.

Two-course dinner prepared by guides

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation / Bimbi park

Day 4: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps / Twelve Apostles. 8.5 kms walking – 2.5 to 3 hours – easy/moderate grade

After breakfast and lunch making we head out on our last day walk which follows the cliff lines of the Great Ocean Walk finishing at the iconic Twelve Apostles.

The walk is easy to moderate nature, allowing plenty of time to soak up the views.

The walk starts above the wetlands around Princetown which supports a wide variety of birdlife. We walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk trail. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world-famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight.

The last kilometer of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view the Apostles up close. We usually have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via the inland route.

Meals: Afternoon tea (own expense)
Return to Melbourne (approx. 5.30 pm)

What's Included

Included:

√ Transport
Transport which includes collecting from Melbourne and returning back is included. We use a comfortable 12-seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus, we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.

√ Guides
Our Park Trek guides will drive, cook and care for you. You will enjoy guided walks each day with experienced and mature guides.

√ Meals
This trek includes 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, all freshly prepared using local produce where possible. The meals consist of two-course dinners, lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

√ Accommodation
During this 4-day trek, you will spend three nights’ at Cape Otway Lightstation. Accommodation is on a twin shared basis (single supplement available at extra cost).

√ Park tickets
All national park entry fees are covered.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Australia.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Australia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this trip, we stay in either the Cape Otway Lightstation or at Bimbi Park

Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages
These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road. Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse  in mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of ope’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait.
Fully self-contained, this renovated property with open plan lounge and large kitchen provides a great place for groups to enjoy this unique location. The Lighthouse Lodge houses 4 bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room to yourself in the Lodge and would be sharing the bathroom with one or two other guests. Hairdryers are unable to be used at the Light station as they require excessive electricity to operate. There is an emergency landline onsite, and Park Trek always carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies. There is no WIFI and limited phone service at the Lightstation, a digital detox is something we promote on our Great Ocean Walk.

Bimbi Park
Bimbi Park is in Cape Otway, the centre of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk, an area of magnificent forests, beaches, secluded bays and spectacular coastline. It is sheltered among tall manna gums far away from the wearing noise of towns and traffic. The grounds of the park are full of wild life including koalas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and up to 70 variety of birds. We stay in comfortable deluxe cabin style accommodation where all linen is supplied.

Single Supplement for the 3 nights accommodation: USD 145,- /EUR 130,- per person

Meals

Meals

The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce. Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, fish and meats are used, supporting local farmers and minimising our food miles. We don’t offer five-star dining, but our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top-quality fresh seasonal ingredients. 

Breakfast: is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation. 

Lunch: can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like roasted chicken. 

Dinner: is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu changes to suit available fresh produce but could include a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert may include things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit salad. 

Snacks: Guests can prepare their own trail mix each morning from our self-serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks. 

Pre-dinner antipasto: Each evening we prepare a selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner. 

Dietary requirements: We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can prepare meals to meet individual needs. 

Alcohol: Our tours do not include alcoholic beverages, however guests are most welcome to bring wine/beer along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine, please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local bottle shop while on the tour. There are opportunities for guests to purchase alcohol in Apollo Bay on route.

FAQ

The Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk is a walking trail on the south-west coast of Victoria, in Australia. During the walk, trekkers get to see several areas of historical and cultural significance, as well as cliff tops and sandy beaches.  This stunning path stretches 104 kilometers from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, situated near The Twelve Apostles, a famous rock formation on the Victorian coast.

Best Season

Australia is such a huge country, that the best season to visit it depends on where you are going, and even so, it can get tricky. Victoria, in southern Australia, has quite a varied climate for being a small region. The best time to visit Victoria is during late spring, summer, and early autumn. October to April are great months to go trekking and watch wildlife. December to February, in Summer, are great if you are planning on doing a trek by the coast.

Do I need to carry all my gear with me on the walk?
You are only required to carry a day back pack with you on the walking trails. This should contain your lunch/snacks, plenty of water (bottled or in a water bladder), sunscreen/sunhat, light waterproof jacket, and a hat/beanie is a good idea if the weather is likely to be changeable.

Are Hiking Boots compulsory?
Although not compulsory, comfortable hiking boots are strongly encouraged on the hikes. Often the ground underfoot is rocky and uneven, and hiking boots make the walking a little easier. If you are going to purchase new boots specifically for the hike, we suggest you wear them in well before the walk begins.

Tipping
Tipping in Australia is not customary. Workers in tourism generally make a sufficient income and do not depend on gratuities left by tourists. However, it always depends on the situation: If you feel that the service was exceptional it's good etiquette to leave a tip.

Packing List

Packing List

Please bring your gear in a soft bag rather than hard suitcase to help guides pack the trailer. 

DAY PACK—recommend approx. 20 liters, with a load-bearing harness. 
As a walker, you will need to have your own day pack and water bladder and suitable hiking shoes/boots. Here is a suggested list of what walkers will need to be wearing and to have in their day pack: 

• rain jacket 
• a fleece jacket 
• wide-brimmed hat for sunny days 
• beanie or woolen hat for cold days 
• water bottle or drinking bladder, min 2 liter 
• high factor sunscreen 
• lip balm 
• blister pads and / or tape for rubbing and/or blisters 
• antiseptic hand gel 
• sunglasses 
• walking poles (optional) 
• gaiters (optional) 
• camera 
• binoculars 
• spare batteries for all devices/charger 

MAIN BAG 
Your main bag stays at Cape Otway Lighthouse for the duration of the trip. You only carry your light day pack while walking.

• 2 pairs long and/or short pants. Preferably loose-fitting, lightweight and quick drying 
• 2 x Long-sleeved shirts 
• 4 x T-shirts 
• fleece jacket/woolen sweater – something warm 
• rain jacket/ spray jacket 
• Swimmers/bathers and towel (optional)
• walking socks 
• if rain is expected, then having a set of thermal under garments can keep you warm in the face of blustery conditions 
• a woolen or fleece hat for cooler weather 
• lightweight, quick-drying towel 
• waterproof, reusable bag for worn clothing 
• comfortable shoes and clothing for evenings and activities 
• underwear 
• toiletries— shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, sanitary products, insect repellent, toothpaste etc

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek was founded in 2000 by Alan Fenner. As an ex Outward Bound Field Instructor and avid bushwalker, Alan brought together his love of the great outdoors and his enthusiasm for creating a social, safe and fun bush walking experience for others to enjoy.

Paul and Ingrid Huitema, took over the business in late 2014. They also share a love of travel and the great outdoors. Over the past 15 years, Park Trek has delivered hundreds of tours and gained a solid reputation for providing guests with spectacular scenery, thoughtfully planned itineraries, plenty of time to absorb and enjoy the natural world and a great social environment for like-minded travellers.

All tours are fully accommodated and hosted by professional and experienced guides. Most meals are included and walking distances are suitable for most healthy adults. Our guided walking tours have a maximum of 10 to 12 guests, depending on the tour destination. We have two Park Trek guides on tour who cook, care and guide you through some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. Our focus is on walking and exploring the natural environment first and foremost. We are an authentic walking tour company and the hiking component of our tours is the focus. Evening meals are mostly prepared by our talented guides, breakfast is a continental spread, lunch, fruit and snacks are layed out each day for you to help yourself. We don’t offer chef prepared meals and fine wines, but our meals are very important and we offer fresh, wholesome and healthy meals while you are on tour with us. In general, the first and last day of your tour will include half a day travelling from and back to the closest major city/ captial and half a day of walking.

How to Book

How does it work?
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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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