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Daily Half Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to Apollo Bay (Approx 8.5km) Departs 10.30AM

Half Day Shelly Beach to Apollo Bay 8.5KM
[Starts 10.30AM - Walk into Apollo Bay, ETA APOLLO BAY 1.30PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Receive updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Walk back into Apollo Bay at your own pace.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.


6. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
1 Transfer/Shuttle Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).

ITINERARY
DAY 1 8.5KM SHELLY BEACH TO APOLLO BAY

10.30AM Transfer to Shelly Beach. You walk back into Apollo Bay and your accommodation at approx 1.30PM.
We transfer you to Shelly Beach and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk.
The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.
Please note that the reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

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From AU$188.00

MON: 1 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to Parker Hill (Approx 19km) Departs Monday 8AM

1 Day Shelly Beach to Parker Hill 19KM
[Starts MON 8AM - 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 4PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Receive updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Choose your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.


6. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.



Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
1 Transfer/Shuttle Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.

You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek footbridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.

You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$188.00

TUES: 1 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Parker Hill to Aire River (Approx 16km) Departs Tuesday 8AM

1 Days Parker Hill to Aire River 16KM
[Starts TUES 8AM - 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Eperience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.


6. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

7. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
2 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$188.00

WED: 1 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour: Aire River to Milanesia Gate (Approx 22.5km) Departs Wednesday 7.30AM

1 Day Aire River to Milanesia Gate 22.5KM
[Starts WEDS 7.30AM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.


6. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
2 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!


Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$188.00

THURS: 1 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Milanesia Gate to The Gables (Approx 18.5km) Departs Thursday 7AM

1 Days Milanesia to The Gables 18.5KM
[Starts THURS 7AM - 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.


6. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
2 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM
The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

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SUN: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Apollo Bay to Parker Hill (Approx 27.5km) Departs Sunday 2PM

2 Days Apollo Bay to Parker Hill 27.5KM
[Starts SUN 2PM - MON 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 4PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map included.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world-famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.


9. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
3 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 SUNDAY 8.5KM SHELLY BEACH TO APOLLO BAY

2PM Transfer to Shelly Beach. 2.15PM.
You walk back into Apollo Bay and your accommodation at approx 5.30PM.


We transfer you to Shelly Beach and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk and sets the standard for the rest of your fabulous journey. The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.
Please note that the reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.

DAY 2 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.




NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$348.00

MON: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to Aire River (Approx 35km) Departs Monday 8AM

2 Days Shelly Beach to Aire River 35KM
[Starts MON 8AM - TUES 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 4.45PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safeandauthentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map included.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
4 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 2.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 2 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.





NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$348.00

TUES: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Parker Hill to Milanesia Gate (Approx 38.5km) Departs Tuesday 8AM

2 Days Parker Hill to Milanesia 38.5KM
[Starts TUES 8AM - WEDS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).


7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
4 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 1.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!


Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$348.00

WED: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Aire River to The Gables (Approx 41km) Departs Wednesday 7.30AM

2 Days Aire River to The Gables 41KM
[Starts WEDS 7.30AM - THURS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.


9. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
4 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!

DAY 2 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.
The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.


Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
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THURS: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Milanesia Gate to 12 Apostles (Approx 38km) Departs Thursday 7AM

2 Days Milanesia to the 12 Apostles 38KM
[Starts WEDS 7AM - FRI 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.


9. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
4 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.



DAY 2 FRIDAY 19.5KM THE GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES.


7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: ‘The Gables’ 8AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from 12 Apostles. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Fiji’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance.
This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

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From AU$498.00

SUN: 3 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Apollo Bay to Aire River (Approx 43.5km) Departs Sunday 2PM

3 Days Apollo Bay to Aire River 43.5KM
[Starts SUN 2PM - TUES 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 4.45PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).


7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
5 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 3.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 SUNDAY 8.5KM SHELLY BEACH TO APOLLO BAY

2PM Transfer to Shelly Beach. 2.15PM.
You walk back into Apollo Bay and your accommodation at approx 5.30PM.


We transfer you to Shelly Beach and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk and sets the standard for the rest of your fabulous journey. The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.
Please note that the reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.
DAY 2 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 3 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40am.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.



NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$498.00

MON: 3 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to Milanesia Gate (Approx 57.5km) Departs Monday 8AM

3 Days Shelly Beach to Milanesia Gate 57.5KM
[Starts MON 8AM - WEDS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]


Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.


2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.


4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
6 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 2.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 2 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM.


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!







NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

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TUES: 3 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Parker Hill to The Gables (Approx 57km) Departs Tuesday 8AM

3 Days Parker Hill to The Gables 76.5KM
[Starts TUES 8AM - THURS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
6 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 1.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

DAY 2 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!


DAY 3 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.



Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

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WED: 3 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Aire River to 12 Apostles (Approx 60.5km) Departs Wednesday 7.30AM

3 Days Aire River to the 12 Apostles 60.5KM
[Starts WEDS 7.30AM - FRI 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.


9. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
6 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!

DAY 2 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.



DAY 3 FRIDAY 19.5KM THE GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES.


7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: ‘The Gables’ 8AM.
3.30PM Bus transfer from 12 Apostles. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Fiji’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance.
This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

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From AU$638.00

SUN: 4 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Apollo Bay to Milanesia (Approx 66km) Departs Sunday 2PM

4 Days Apollo Bay to Milanesia Gate 66KM
[Starts SUN 2PM - WEDS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
7 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 3.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 SUNDAY 8.5KM SHELLY BEACH TO APOLLO BAY

2PM Transfer to Shelly Beach. 2.15PM.
You walk back into Apollo Bay and your accommodation at approx 5.30PM.


We transfer you to Shelly Beach and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk and sets the standard for the rest of your fabulous journey. The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.
Please note that the reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.
DAY 2 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 3 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40am
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!




NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

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MON: 4 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to The Gables (Approx 76km) Departs Monday 8AM

4 Days Shelly Beach to The Gables 76KM
[Starts MON 8AM - THUR 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]


Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
8 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 2.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 2 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!



DAY 4 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.




NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$638.00

TUES: 4 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Parker Hill to 12 Apostles (Approx 76.5km) Departs Tuesday 8AM

4 Days Parker Hill to the 12 Apostles 76.5KM
[Starts TUES 8AM - FRI 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
8 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 1.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM.


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

DAY 2 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!


DAY 3 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.



DAY 4 FRIDAY 19.5KM THE GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES.


7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: ‘The Gables’ 8AM.
3.30PM Bus transfer from 12 Apostles. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Fiji’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance.
This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.

NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

Restrictions

  • people Group Size: From 1

Secure your booking with a deposit

  • check4.99 per person
  • checkUp to 31 days before event

today Check Availability / Book

From AU$768.00

SUN: 5 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Apollo Bay to The Gables (Approx 84.5km) Departs Sunday 2PM

5 Days Apollo Bay to the Gables 84.5KM
[Starts SUN 2PM - THURS 4PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
9 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 3.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 SUNDAY 8.5KM SHELLY BEACH TO APOLLO BAY

2PM Transfer to Shelly Beach. 2.15PM.
You walk back into Apollo Bay and your accommodation at approx 5.30PM.
We transfer you to Shelly Beach and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk and sets the standard for the rest of your fabulous journey. The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.
Please note that the reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.
DAY 2 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 3 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40am
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great day's walk!

DAY 5 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.


NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

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MON: 5 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Shelly Beach to 12 Apostles (Approx 95.5km) Departs Monday 8AM

5 Days Shelly Beach to the 12 Apostles 95.5KM
[Starts MON 8AM - FRI 3.30PM, ETA APOLLO BAY 5PM]

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:
Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.
With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:
Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.
Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.
Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.
Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:
Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.
Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.
Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:
Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.
Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:
Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.
Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:
Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.
Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.
Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.
Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for
swimming).

7. Accommodation Freedom:
Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.
Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.
Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:
Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.
Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.
Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Cape Otway Lighthouse Bonus:
Enjoy a delightful bonus with complimentary entry tickets to Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Climb the tower and explore the oldest surviving mainland Australian Lightstation on your journey.

10. Your Support, Our Commitment:
Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.
We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.
We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.
Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!

Inclusions:
Exclusive Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.
Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.
10 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.
A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.
Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.
A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).
The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.
Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).
Complimentary Use of Walking Poles.
Complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse Tickets on Day 2.

ITINERARY


DAY 1 MONDAY 19KM SHELLY BEACH TO PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND.

8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Shelly Beach 8.15AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from Parker Hill Campground. ETA Apollo Bay 4PM.


As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.
You will now enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.


DAY 2 TUESDAY 16KM PARKER HILL CAMPGROUND TO AIRE RIVER BRIDGE.


8AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Parker Hill Campground 8.40AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Aire River Shelter, western side of the bridge. ETA: Apollo Bay 4.45PM.


On today's walk you will notice the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.
Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150-year-old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
After exiting the Lighthouse you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for somber reading. The track then meanders on towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allows, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll slowly make your way towards walking along the heritage listed Aire River. This stunning river is so peaceful it is teaming with wildlife, but sadly it has a dark history. Tragically this spot was the location of a massacre of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadubanud, following a conflict at Blanket Bay with the new settlers.

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY 22.5KM AIRE RIVER TO MILANESIA GATE.

7.30AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Aire River 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from Milanesia Gate. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


Start your day by walking over the Aire River bridge, towards Castle Cove beach. This magnificent beach has its own lookout platform. Stop and marvel at the prowess of local surfers and watch the wild waves rolling in!
Moving on, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when surf conditions at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.
After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!) After passing ‘3 ways’ , (you may stop walking here if you wish) head on down to Milanesia Gate where we will pick you up after a great days walk!



DAY 4 THURSDAY 18.5KM MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES.

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM


The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!
As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.
Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.



DAY 5 FRIDAY 19.5KM THE GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES.


7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: ‘The Gables’ 8AM
3.30PM Bus transfer from 12 Apostles. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.


You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Fiji’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance.
This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.



NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK
Please read our full terms and conditions.
Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.
Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).
To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.
We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.
Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.
A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).


CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.

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