Great Ocean Walk

Victoria
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This walk takes you from the Apollo Bay Visitor Centre to the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre with many views of the coastline that you don’t see from the Great Ocean Road.

Lookouts
Bird Watching
Toilets
No Wheelchair Accessibility
No Dogs Permitted
No Horses Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
No Trail Bikes Permitted
Coastal
Swamp or Wetland
Eucalypt Forest
300m
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

This walk starts near the Visitor Information Centre in Apollo Bay.

Maps

If your planning this walk it is a good idea to purchase the Great Ocean Road Map online. This map is more than just a map and will help you plan your walk.

Route/Trail notes

This walk travels through many different vegetation types including costal vegetation, farmland, woodland and fern gullies  There are also many different track surface types including dirt tracks, sand, boardwalks and concrete steps among others. Parts of the walk are steep and hilly. The walk is well sign posted.

However some sections of the track can't be crossed sometimes at high tide and/or when rain has fallen in the catchment. Even on low tide you may need to paddle through water. Therefore much planning is needed. All information regarding this can be found on the Great Ocean Walk Map.

It is important to note that this walk is to be done in one direction only - from east to west. You can't just plan to do a part and walk back to your start point - at least you're not supposed to and signage is provided with this in mind. Most people complete this walk in 5-8 days.

This walk may be undertaken in a number of ways. There are camp sites along to track. A permit is required for camping. There are also options to use a local shuttle service to take you to the start of your walk each day and pick you up. Some accommodation providers along the Great Ocean Road also offer a similar service. You can also choose to use a local taxi service. The Great Ocean Road Map will help you plan where you wish to walk each day if you choose not to use a service with a pre-planned itinerary.

Permits/Costs

There may be costs involved with camping, shuttle or taxi costs unless you are able to have a car at either end of your walk each day.

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

Comments

Completed with walk91 - Great small business that will help out for smaller walks/duration also!

Milke82 on 17 Mar, 2020

We’ve just completed this walk. We completed it over 5 days, though we didn’t do these days back to back. We took days off for a rest. We chose to use the local taxi company Timboon Taxis to pick us up each morning from the point where we wanted to finish our walk and drop us off at the start point. Then we just needed to walk back to where our car was parked. It worked really well. We also didn’t do the walk in order because if the tide times. We wanted to make it as sure as possible that we wouldn’t have problems with streams being too high to pass or beaches being covered in water. The walk was quite strenuous in parts. There is a really big hill after Johanna which was hard work. Also the sandy beaches here are quite soft and hard to walk on. Johanna Beach needs to be crossed and it is quite a long walk. Really exhausting. The other thing to note is that there are heaps of flies. We’ve been told that you can get a fly repellant. We didn’t have any but it would be a really good idea. They really spoil parts of the walk.

Never the less this is a remarkable walk with amazing views over the coastline. Many of the inland parts are very nice as well with quite diverse landscapes.

Ian and Sue on 7 Jan, 2020

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