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Great Ocean Walk Highlights Trek

Park Trek Walking Holidays - 3 days

  • Great Ocean Walk Highlights Trek
  • 3 days / 2 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

> Enjoy the scenery from the top of Cape Otway Lighthouse
> Visit the Twelve Apostoles
> Enjoy lunch with a scenic view from Ryan’s Den

If you only have a short window of time to get away and are in need of a fix of nature, exercise and plenty of fresh air, then this trip is just for you. Over three days you’ll experience the most special highlights of the Great Ocean Walk,  stunning scenery and a myriad of wildlife including koalas, echidnas and kangaroos. This world-famous destination is just waiting to be explored on foot!.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1:  Parker River to Cape Otway Lightstation - Walking distance: 8 km (approx. 3 hours walking) Grade - easy

Our Park Trek guides will collect you from outside the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road (just outside the entrance to the gallery and the large pools) at 7.00am on the day of departure. Your Park Trek guides will drop you back at the same location upon completion of the tour.  

We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route at Anglesea for morning tea.  We arrive in Apollo Bay around 10.30am and here we prepare for today’s walk. The guides will also show you where you can purchase your own alcohol for the two nights we are staying at Bimbi Park. 

Today’s walk is a delightful 11 kilometre walk of moderately undulating terrain exploring the coastline of Cape Otway area. Beginning at the Blanket Bay campground the walk begins on a boardwalk before climbing gently to Point Lewis lookout. We continue through coastal forest, crossing several creek footbridges before the steep descent to the beautiful Parker River Inlet. Continue along the cliff top passing above Crayfish Bay to finally arrive at Cape Otway Lightstation, one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Your Park Trek guide will lead off and along the way explain some the local history. 

Here we will wander to the top of the lighthouse. From the top of this highpoint you can see over a vast area and enjoy the most spectacular scenery where waves crash over reefs and where the notorious Bass Strait meets the great Southern Ocean. The lighthouse is manned by a trained guide, who will greet you at the top of the tower. 

Guides will recount stories of the Cape’s traditional owners, shipwrecks, the trials and tribulations of the colourful lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War Two history, fascinating stories of the Telegraph Station, one of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mysteries, and much more. 

We then head back to our accommodation for some pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a delicious two-course dinner. 

Meals: lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park

Day 2: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head - Walking distance: 10 km (approx. 6 hours’ walking) Grade - moderate

After breakfast and lunch making we head off on the days’ walk. From Milanesia 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. Look for the “beachcomber’s cottage” when you reach the beach. 

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 our lunch spot and it is one of the most scenic locations along the walk. There are toilets here also. From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head (named by Matthew Flinders during a break in showery weather at night in April 1802).  

From here we can continue onto Gables Lookout. We traverse through a section of farmland, over a stile and begin a descent through a delightful forested track. After crossing several bridges, over a short boardwalk and through a tea tree grove, we reach the junction of the Gables track. We head towards Gables lookout.   

After today’s walk, we head back to our accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a fabulous two-course dinner. 

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

Day 3: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps / Twelve Apostles - Walking distance: 8.5 km (2.5 - 3 hrs walking) Grade – easy to moderate

After breakfast and lunch making we head out for our last day of walking. Our walk today starts above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We’ll walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk.  

We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight. 

At Gibson’s Beach Car Park, we recommend, tides allowing, you descend Gibson’s Steps to view Gog and Magog (not strictly counted as two of The Twelve Apostles) up close from sea level.  

The last kilometre of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view The Apostles up close. We’ll have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via Colac where we stop at a local café for a coffee/tea before arriving back in the city at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road 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 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 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 3-day trek, you will spend two nights’ at Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park. 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 2 nights accommodation: USD 172,- /EUR 155,- 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/ Bimbi Park 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

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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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