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$2,395

Great Ocean Walk: 8-day assisted – Auswalk

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  • Hike the Great Ocean Walk carrying only a day pack, and with no guide or group
  • Accommodation is organised for you and a shuttle will transport you to and from each day’s hike

We could not have been more impressed. All of the accommodations were spectacular, especially the Great Ocean Ecolodge. – tosk137 on TripAdvisor

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THE DETAILS

$2,395 per person (plus $625 single supplement)

This eight day itinerary includes six days of hiking the Great Ocean Walk, with no guide or group. Each night is spent in comfortable accommodation that is organised for you. Shuttles will be organised to take you from your accommodation to the start of each day’s hike, and pick you up afterwards. If you don’t want to go it alone but you’re not into group guided tours, this is the option for you.

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights accommodation (at B&Bs, an award winning eco-lodge and comfortable motel)
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation
  • Transfers from accommodation to and from each day’s walk
  • Meals – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • National Park and camping fees
  • Insulated lunch bag
  • Maps & map case
  • Entry to Cape Otway lightstation

WHAT TO BRING

  • You will provided with a comprehensive gear list upon booking your trip

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Walking time: 1.5 – 7 hours per day
  • Walking distance: 4 – 22.5 kilometres per day
  • Difficulty: This trip requires a good level of fitness. Some days include difficult walking.
  • The trip starts and finishes in Apollo Bay (a 3 – 4 hour drive from Melbourne). Daily train/coach services are available.

COMPARE SIMILAR TOURS

Great Ocean Walk: 4 day highlights – ParkTrek ($1,450)
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  • 4 days instead of 8 (but all days spent on the trail)
  • Hike only the highlights of the Great Ocean Walk
  • All nights accommodated at Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation not included
  • Shorter days of walking
Great Ocean Walk: 7 day end-to-end – ParkTrek ($2,350)
  • Group guided tour
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  • Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation not included
Great Ocean Walk – Auswalk ($2,495)
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  • Accommodation includes two nights at Cape Otway Lightstation
  • 7 days instead of 8

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ITINERARY

Day One Starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road, any time after 2pm. Optional afternoon walk to Marriners Lookout for panoramic views over the ocean and Apollo Bay village.

Accommodation: Apollo Bay

Day Two Leave the tourists behind as you walk along the coast away from Apollo Bay. The track hugs the coast at first before heading inland through tall eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest. This is an excellent day in which to spot black wallabies along the trail. The walking finishes at delightful Blanket Bay – an ideal place for a swim.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

Day Three From Blanket Bay the track contours through coastal forests and along the cliff tops to Parker Inlet – a picture-postcard setting and definitely one of our favourite places! An optional side-trip to Crayfish Bay is also a highlight. The track continues through Manna gum forests that are home to large numbers of koalas, eventually emerging at Cape Otway Lightstation. The afternoon is free to explore the lighthouse, museum and displays or spend time at the eco lodge.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

Day Four On to Station Beach and an optional short trek to pretty Rainbow Falls where a spring cascades down to the rocky coastal platforms below. The track then continues through the wind sculpted sand dunes and along the cliff tops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. Stunning coastal scenery awaits you on the route to Castle Cove.

Accommodation: Castle Cove / Aire Valley

Day Five Today’s section has some of the most spectacular coastal views of the entire track. It’s also a great day for wildflowers with colourful heathlands and numerous grass trees. In the winter months there are native orchids and masses of pink heath – Victoria’s floral emblem. Another highlight is the long, white, sandy expanse of Johanna Beach.

Accommodation: Castle Cove / Aire Valley

Day Six Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches not many people get to and what a special place it is! From here the track continues along the cliff tops and you can see all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. High sea cliffs, breathtaking views and coastal forests lead you to Moonlight Head.

Accommodation: Princetown area

Day Seven The first highlight today is The Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. This is a superb spot for whale watching between June and September. Continue through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. Today’s walk finishes at the impressive 12 Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing.

Accommodation: Port Campbell

Day Eight After breakfast you will be transported back to Apollo Bay (if you arrived by car) or to Camperdown for public transport connections.