Experiences

Great Ocean Walk

Welcome to Country

Ngatanwarr

As Traditional Owners of the surrounding Nation, we welcome you to the Great Otway National Park, located within our Traditional Country.

We possess a long, rich and strong living cultural heritage that we share with all people who visit.

Caring For Country is an essential part of our culture and law. May your visit be filled with great experiences, so that part of our Country will remain with you in good memories.

Ngootjoo, Ngootjoon (all is good, all is healthy)

Day & Short Walk Itineraries

Walkers of almost any ability can step on and step off sections of the Great Ocean Walk. Shuttle services are available for pick up and drop off between your parked car or accommodation, and some key points of interest along the Great Ocean Road.

Day walks are up to 6 hours in length. Pre-arrange a car shuffle. All walks start from the main visitor areas and the distance and terrain make these longer walks more challenging.

Short walks are less than 2-3 hours in length, easy to hard in difficulty. Some are circuit/loop walks but most are one way. They are all accessible from established national park visitor carparks.

TIP: Walkers must move in an east-west direction. This maximises views and generally provides the best gradient to reduce impacts and congestion on the walk and its facilities

 

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Multi-Day Walk Itineraries

Choose from these itineraries to plan your hiking adventure according to how much time you have, and how frequently you would like to stop and camp overnight, in the Great Ocean Walk purpose built campsites.

TIP: Walkers must move in an east-west direction. The walk was designed and built to be walked in an east-west direction. This will maximise views and generally provides the best gradient to reduce impacts from walkers and congestion of the walk and its facilities.

Official Great Ocean Walk Maps and Brochures are available for purchase at surrounding certified Visitor Information Centres. Certified Visitor Information Centres are indicated by the yellow and blue ‘i’ signs and are located in Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell.

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Walking Times & Distances

STARTING POINT
FINISHING POINT
DISTANCE*
APPROX TIME^
GRADE
Apollo Bay Visitor Centre

Elliot Ridge Camp Ground

Blanket Bay Camp Ground

Cape Otway Campground

Aire River Campground

Johanna Beach Campground

Ryans Den Campground

Devils Kitchen Campground

Elliot Ridge Campground

Blanket Bay Campground

Cape Otway Campground

Aire River Campground

Johanna Beach Campground

Ryans Den Campground

Devils Kitchen Campground

Twelve Apostles

10km

12km

11km

10km

14km

14km

13km

16km

3hr 30mins

4hr 30mins

3hr 45mins

3hr 15mins

5hr 15mins

5hr

5hr 15mins

5hr 15mins

Medium

Easy

Easy/Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium/Hard

Medium/Hard

Easy/Medium

 

Set Your Own Pace

The Great Ocean Walk in Victoria is a beautiful, rugged, raw, overwhelming and peaceful journey.

The 110km walk traverses beaches, clifftops, rainforests and hinterland. It takes you deep into the Great Otways National Park and the Port Campbell National Park.

Embrace the ultimate eight-day challenge, or select a smaller section of the walk. For a taste, choose a half or full day itinerary. Self-guide and camp, or join a guided tour with accommodation.

Feel the exhilaration of being away from civilisation in some of Australia’s most breathtaking locations only accessible by foot.

The Experience

The Great Ocean Walk is for the seasoned hiker, the adventurous traveller and the recreational walker.

It’s for lovers of camping in nature, and for those who prefer comfortable lodgings.

If you yearn for a warm spa, soothing massive, great food and superb wine at the end of the day, there’s luxury accommodation.

Licensed Tour Operators offer support, from guided tours and itinerary planning, to camping equipment, transfers and food provisions.

Tours, Transport & Services

Take a Guided Walking Tour

Local knowledge can make all the difference when planning for a spectacular walk experience, dedicated Great Ocean Walk tour operators offer a range of services for walkers, including connecting with guided tours, transport connecting you to the walk to and from your start and finish points, camping equipment hire, food provision and that all important information to enhance your walk experience from tales and insights on local history to exciting seasonal events both in and out of town!

 

Transport & Services

 Looking for transport to get you to the start of your chosen walk location or to collect you at the end of a long day of walking or wanting to stock up on sustenance for you walk then contact one of the Great Ocean Walk partners to discuss your plans.

 

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The Secrets

See the wildflowers in spring, colorful fungi in autumn and waterfalls in winter.

Make the first footprints for the day on a secluded beach. Watch water cascade high sea-cliffs. Spy a dolphin, orca or whale in winter.

See koalas, wallabies and possums – and wedge-tailored eagles up high. Explore sheltered estuaries and gaze up towards towering grey gums and Mountain Ash.

Breath the fresh air deeply and remember these moments forever.

Discover the region’s diversity of plants, animals and scenery

The big skies and wild nature of the Walk will astound you. Weave your way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, beside wild rocky shores and along windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.

There are places on the walk where you will feel a million miles away from the world you left behind. Station Beach, Ryans Den, Devils Kitchen and Milanesia Beach are remote and rarely visited places. Moonlight Head has some of the highest coastal cliffs on mainland Australia. The landscape and wild nature of this iconic long distance walk will engage your mind, body and soul.

Wreck Beach features shipwreck anchors embedded in rock, a stark reminder to visitors how dangerous and powerful the Southern Ocean waves can be. Tall forests leading up to Cape Otway pass through wet fern and rainforest gullies sheltered by the world’s tallest flowering plant; the Mountain Ash Coastal heathland and sheltered estuaries of the Aire and Gellibrand rivers are home to a host of wildlife.

Connecting with the nature and landscape of this spectacular region will ensure – your Great Ocean Walk is an experience that will stay with you forever.

The Great Ocean Walk is without a doubt the best way to experience the coastline.

All Accommodation

Seacombe House

Port Fairy

Comfort Inn Western

Warrnambool

Amoria Beach House

Cape Bridgewater

Mimosa

Apollo Bay

All Things To Do

Places To Eat & Drink

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.