Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk – Short Walks

Option 1: Lighthouse Cemetery and Lookout Walk

Start: Cape Otway Lightstation car park

End: Cemetery

The gravel path leads walkers through beard heath to a lookout point with views across to the lighthouse, telegraph station and the ocean. Visit the historic cemetery which bears witness to the harsh isolation of early lightstation life. Fee applies for Cape Otway Lightstation entry.


Option 2: Marengo to Shelly Beach

Start: Marengo Holiday Park

End: Shelly Beach picnic area

Follow low cliff tops overlooking the ocean and the exposed and aptly named Bald Hill. It traverses on and off the beach through sheltered forest to picturesque Shelly Beach. Coastal route at low tide and during calm seas.


Option 3: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

Start: Princetown Recreation Reserve

End: Glenample

The walk begins near the Gellibrand River Bridge. You will traverse cliff-tops and undulating heath-clad dunes as the distinctive rock stacks begin to reveal themselves. Continue on past Gibson Steps and the beach (which is not accessible at high tide) on to end at the iconic Twelve Apostles kiosk and carpark facility.


Option 4: Shelly Beach Circuit

Start: Shelly Beach picnic area

End: Shelly Beach picnic area

This is one of the best short walks on the Great Ocean Walk. The track traverses through fern gullies, coastal scrub, along Shelly Beach and across rocky platforms to Elliot River. Return through a majestic stand of blue gums, inhabited by koalas and nocturnal Yellow-bellied Gliders.


Option 5: The Gables Lookout

Start: The Gable car park

End: The Gable Lookout

This easy return walk travels through a Casuarina grove to a spectacular lookout over the ocean and the reefs around Moonlight Head. This is one of the highest sea cliffs on mainland Australia. Keep a close eye out for seabirds, or whales from June to September.


Option 6: Wreck Beach

Start: Wreck Beach

End: Wreck Beach

A difficult but rewarding walk. Descending over 350 steps to Wreck Beach, the walk takes you to the anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji – haunting reminders of the treacherous nature of the sea. Make this walk at low tide only and beware of large sea swells.

All Accommodation

Cozy Otways Accommodation

Beech Forest

The Summer House

Apollo Bay


Apollo Bay

Clifton Beach Lodge


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.