Discover beautiful Victoria on the striking Great Ocean Walk coordinated by the good people at bothfeet. Stroll through the seaside village of Apollo Bay, continue on through cool-climate rainforest, remote beaches and coastal cliff tops, concluding with a Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight.
Operating between September and May, there are few better places to see Australian wildlife first-hand than the Great Ocean Walk – this trail is alive with native flora and fauna: birds, fur seals, wallabies, koalas, and many plant species unique to this special corner of the world.
Learn about the land through the eyes of the first Australians, and the British convicts transported here on ships over 200 years ago. The coast is littered with shipwrecks from this time, and the tales of survival and loss are part of the fabric of the Great Ocean Walk.
Walking the Walk
On this trail, you’ll explore Marengo Marine Sanctuary, and trek through old-growth rainforests on the stretch between Shelley Beach and Parker Inlet. In the warmer months, perhaps take a relaxing dip in the secluded waters of Blanket Bay.
All nights of the walk are at the one lodge, which means there’s no packing up until the last day, and you’ll only carry day-packs containing lunch, water and personal needs. With walking groups no larger than twelve hikers at a time, this an intimate way to experience one of the great coastlines of the world.
bothfeet recommends taking seven days to complete the end-to-end journey, but does offer a popular four-day option, covering the last 55 kilometres sequentially. The trail is graded overall as moderate with easy and challenging sections along the way. If completing the whole trail, you should expect approximately up to ten kilometres of beach walking over seven days.
Your guides are committed to making your walk enjoyable as possible. They are first aid qualified, take care of the walk details, and share with you their knowledge of the region. They will be with you every step of the way to make sure your holiday is safe, secure, and memorable.
The Great Ocean Walk hubs out of bothfeet’s owned and operated hiking lodge, located at Johanna Beach, the mid point of the trail. Walkers stay in eco-luxe villas with ensuite bathrooms, flushing toilets, fresh linen and hot showers.
The lodge has been purpose-built for hikers. Sustainably designed and constructed, the lodge features many cool hiker-friendly facilities such as a drying room, foot spas, and gear hire.
Enjoy the true hospitality, with creature comforts and simple pleasures such as good food and anticipatory service from bothfeet’s passionate staff. Your guides are committed to providing you the best Victorian walking experience, complete with fabulous regional food and of course, a selection of Victoria’s best wines. Meals are prepared by the internationally trained chef, who is more than happy to cater for dietary requirements, allergies and food dislikes.
Choose from either a four or seven day walk; the four-day being the last 55 kilometres.
Day One: Apollo Bay to Shelley Beach
Stroll through the seaside village of Apollo Bay to Marengo Marine at Marengo Point. See unique birds, marine life and wildflowers and lush cool-climate rainforest with Mountain Ash and tree ferns.
Day Two: Shelley Beach to Parker Inlet
A day of beach walking from Shelley Beach to Blanket Bay and Parker River. Lovely for swimming in the warmer months.
Day Three: Parker Inlet to Aire River
Walk through this perfect koala habitat to the Cape Otway Lightstation, and walk the sandy trail with expansive ocean views to Aire Valley – a wetland estuary home to many rare birds and greenery.
Day Four: Aire River to Johanna Beach
Walk through a canopy of coastal heath to Castle Cove, with sheer cliffs dropping to sapphire ocean, rough grass-tree forests, wild flowers and breathtaking Johanna Beach. (Option to walk into the lodge).
Day Five: Johanna Beach to Moonlight Head
Country lane walking that is the highest point of the whole trail. Here begins the ‘Wild Side’ – dramatic changes in elevation deliver wild and remote Southern Ocean views.
Day Six: Moonlight Head to Princetown
Another remote and beautiful beach – Wreck Beach – can be wild or mild depending on mother nature’s wishes. See anchors embedded into the sea rocks and traverse coastal heath forests for your first glimpses of the Twelve Apostles.
Day Seven: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles
These coastal pillars reveal a little more with each undulation until finally the Twelve Apostles fill your frame. Take advantage of the exclusive walker photography platform. Finish your guided walk on a high with a bothfeet exclusive: a helicopter flight over the Apostles.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.
Committed to the Environment
As an active Australian tourism operator, bothfeet takes its responsibility towards the environment very seriously. bothfeet is proud to support South West Victoria Landcare, Conservation Volunteers, and the NSW Cancer Council.