• SELF-GUIDED
  • 8 DAYS
  • Moderate
PRICE FROM £ 1,630 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 540 per person

OVERVIEW

This is the way to hike the Great Ocean Walk, taking the time to truly enjoy the region. This is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, traversing one of Australia's most dramatic coastlines from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles through the Great Otway National Park.

The 104 km walk meanders its way through Manna gums with koalas only a few feet from the track to traversing massive sea cliffs, cliffs that have made this location famous.

There are plenty of days when the ocean's azure sparkle looks spectacularly inviting, but when you witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean's tidal assault, you'll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles and whales.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world
  • Spotting a koala or three!
  • Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Mesmerising cliff top walk to Parker Inlet
  • Stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables
  • The pristine nature and deafening surf of Johanna Beach
  • The imposing Twelve Apostles

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate
PRICE FROM
£ 1630 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 540 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • Great Ocean walk end to end & return transfer to Apollo Bay
  • 7 nights accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfasts, substantial Walkers lunches and two-course dinners
  • Bag transfers with our Stroll driver and local partner network on the ground
  • National Park admission
  • Stroll comprehensive walking notes

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

All of the accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites. Your first night will be spent at a comfortable property in Apollo Bay. Then it’s on to Cape Otway where you will stay at the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. The exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs after it closes is a special highlight of your walk. If we can’t get you into the light station, we have you stay next door at Bimbi Park which is located in a bush setting and gives rise to the opportunity for further exploration of the area.

Chi farm or the Great Ocean Walk Retreat is the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Finish your experience off with Southern Anchorage and then the Portside Motel. Both properties are conveniently located, Southern Anchorage on a beautiful bush setting on the edge of the national park and Portside Motel in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

When we stay at remote retreats and guest houses the meals are prepared by your expert hosts or a local caterer. The days start with breakfast and end with a 2-course meal. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and the opportunity to enjoy it whilst taking in some of the most breathtaking views in the world. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

 

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go. There is plenty of time to explore Mariners Hill or walk to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2.  You will need to organise this before departure so we can have you picked up.

Each day we move your luggage ahead for you to the next accommodation. All you need to carry is a daypack with what you need for the day. We provide comprehensive walk notes for you. It’s easy to find the way on this track but with our notes, you’ll also receive lots of information to help you better appreciate the flora, fauna, history and geology you’re experiencing along the route.

We’ve mapped a point-to-point walk to maximize the highlights, staying in different accommodation on the route. This means more variety, less backtracking and time spent in a vehicle, and more time to relax at the end of the day. You’ll walk an average of 15–16 km each day, with some optional side walks for those wanting to extend themselves.

The walking terrain is varied following clifftops, wide forest tracks, rough trails, beach traverses, including Wreck Beach, a shaded forest canopy. It’s mostly relatively easy-going, flat stretches, some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The trip starts in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.  There are various ways to get the start,  you can use public transport (a train to Geelong and a connecting bus to Apollo Bay). You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go.

The holiday finishes with a transfer back to your car or to Camperdown for public transport connections back to Melbourne. More detail regarding transfers is available, so please contact us.

 

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. Book well in advance for January due to the summer school holidays as the Great Ocean Road walk gets very busy. March through May is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. The winter months (June to August) are cool and sometimes stormy, providing exhilarating walking along the beaches. In winter, the hills are covered with pink heath, Victoria’s floral emblem. September and November are usually cool to warm and this is when most of the colourful wildflowers appear.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, or email us at info@stroll.com

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Feb 2024 - 15 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1630

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 540

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

  • 16 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 2125

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 950
  • 1 Feb 2025 - 15 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1715

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 565

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

REVIEWS

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  1. Dougalbird

    21 October, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    An absolutely first class guided tour of a beautiful scenic walk from Sunday – Saturday along this amazing walk. Nature is represented on this walk in so many ways. Long empty beaches with estuaries to cross, surging waves to dab a toe in, clifftop heathlands, rainforests, forests and views from Apollo By to Port Campbell to leave you sighing…
    We saw lots of koalas, Eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red necked wallabies, seabirds of all kinds, a shyechnida, a couple of snakes keeping out of our way and so much more. The two guides were extremely experienced, professional and informative. We heard of the history of the making of the Great Ocean Road, the shipwrecks, The Lighthouse at Cape Otway stories, and many more. Flora and fauna and the long history of the rock formations along the way. All questions were answered perfectly and we all learnt a tremendous about about southern Victoria. The guides helped enormously with any feet issues, gear ware and organised the best food for our lunches in the bush! I would 100% recommend Stroll for this walk, and any of their other walks(the walkers in the group had done several Stroll walks and all agreed they were the best, with lots of variety of destinations.)

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Overview

This is the way to hike the Great Ocean Walk, taking the time to truly enjoy the region. This is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, traversing one of Australia's most dramatic coastlines from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles through the Great Otway National Park.

The 104 km walk meanders its way through Manna gums with koalas only a few feet from the track to traversing massive sea cliffs, cliffs that have made this location famous.

There are plenty of days when the ocean's azure sparkle looks spectacularly inviting, but when you witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean's tidal assault, you'll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles and whales.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world
  • Spotting a koala or three!
  • Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Mesmerising cliff top walk to Parker Inlet
  • Stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables
  • The pristine nature and deafening surf of Johanna Beach
  • The imposing Twelve Apostles
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • Great Ocean walk end to end & return transfer to Apollo Bay
  • 7 nights accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfasts, substantial Walkers lunches and two-course dinners
  • Bag transfers with our Stroll driver and local partner network on the ground
  • National Park admission
  • Stroll comprehensive walking notes
Accommodation & Dining

All of the accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites. Your first night will be spent at a comfortable property in Apollo Bay. Then it’s on to Cape Otway where you will stay at the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. The exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs after it closes is a special highlight of your walk. If we can’t get you into the light station, we have you stay next door at Bimbi Park which is located in a bush setting and gives rise to the opportunity for further exploration of the area.

Chi farm or the Great Ocean Walk Retreat is the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Finish your experience off with Southern Anchorage and then the Portside Motel. Both properties are conveniently located, Southern Anchorage on a beautiful bush setting on the edge of the national park and Portside Motel in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

When we stay at remote retreats and guest houses the meals are prepared by your expert hosts or a local caterer. The days start with breakfast and end with a 2-course meal. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and the opportunity to enjoy it whilst taking in some of the most breathtaking views in the world. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

 

General Info

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go. There is plenty of time to explore Mariners Hill or walk to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2.  You will need to organise this before departure so we can have you picked up.

Each day we move your luggage ahead for you to the next accommodation. All you need to carry is a daypack with what you need for the day. We provide comprehensive walk notes for you. It’s easy to find the way on this track but with our notes, you’ll also receive lots of information to help you better appreciate the flora, fauna, history and geology you’re experiencing along the route.

We’ve mapped a point-to-point walk to maximize the highlights, staying in different accommodation on the route. This means more variety, less backtracking and time spent in a vehicle, and more time to relax at the end of the day. You’ll walk an average of 15–16 km each day, with some optional side walks for those wanting to extend themselves.

The walking terrain is varied following clifftops, wide forest tracks, rough trails, beach traverses, including Wreck Beach, a shaded forest canopy. It’s mostly relatively easy-going, flat stretches, some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The trip starts in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.  There are various ways to get the start,  you can use public transport (a train to Geelong and a connecting bus to Apollo Bay). You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go.

The holiday finishes with a transfer back to your car or to Camperdown for public transport connections back to Melbourne. More detail regarding transfers is available, so please contact us.

 

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. Book well in advance for January due to the summer school holidays as the Great Ocean Road walk gets very busy. March through May is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. The winter months (June to August) are cool and sometimes stormy, providing exhilarating walking along the beaches. In winter, the hills are covered with pink heath, Victoria’s floral emblem. September and November are usually cool to warm and this is when most of the colourful wildflowers appear.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, or email us at info@stroll.com

Map
Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Feb 2024 - 15 Dec 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1630
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 540
    DETAILS

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

  • Date
    16 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 2125
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 950
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Feb 2025 - 15 Dec 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1715
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 565
    DETAILS

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

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  1. Dougalbird

    21 October, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    An absolutely first class guided tour of a beautiful scenic walk from Sunday – Saturday along this amazing walk. Nature is represented on this walk in so many ways. Long empty beaches with estuaries to cross, surging waves to dab a toe in, clifftop heathlands, rainforests, forests and views from Apollo By to Port Campbell to leave you sighing…
    We saw lots of koalas, Eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red necked wallabies, seabirds of all kinds, a shyechnida, a couple of snakes keeping out of our way and so much more. The two guides were extremely experienced, professional and informative. We heard of the history of the making of the Great Ocean Road, the shipwrecks, The Lighthouse at Cape Otway stories, and many more. Flora and fauna and the long history of the rock formations along the way. All questions were answered perfectly and we all learnt a tremendous about about southern Victoria. The guides helped enormously with any feet issues, gear ware and organised the best food for our lunches in the bush! I would 100% recommend Stroll for this walk, and any of their other walks(the walkers in the group had done several Stroll walks and all agreed they were the best, with lots of variety of destinations.)

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