With the Twelve Apostles as your end goal, you will love every step of the beautiful Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. Delight in the variety of landscapes from cool-climate rainforest and remote beaches to coastal clifftops, and finally view it all from the air on a Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight.
Operating between September and May, there are few better places to see Australian wildlife first-hand than on 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 – the tales of survival and loss are part of the fabric of the walk.
Walking the Walk
On this trail, you’ll explore the Great Otway National Park and the Port Campbell National Park, trek through forests of grasstrees, hear stories of shipwrecks and settlement, and visit remote untouched beaches. 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. This popular four-day walk itinerary, covers the last 55km sequentially known as “the Twelve Apostles Walk”. The trail is graded overall as moderate with easy and challenging sections along the way. You should expect approximately 5km of beach walking over four 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 Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk hubs out of the privately 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 can cater for dietary requirements, allergies and food dislikes.
Day One: Castle Cove to Johanna (lodge walk-in)
Transfer from Melbourne to the lodge and then begin your walk at Castle Cove. With sheer cliffs dropping to sapphire ocean, rough grass-tree forests, wild flowers, followed by breathtaking Johanna Beach you will struggle to choose a favourite part of today (option to walk into the lodge).
Day Two: Milanesia 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. You will understand today why this shoreline became known as the Shipwreck Coast.
Day Three: 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 Four: 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 an exclusive helicopter flight over the remaining Twelve 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. The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk elevation changes from sea level to near 300 metres across the trail. It is a well formed track from east to west, with stone stairs installed on many of the steeper sections to make elevation changes easier. * 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, the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk takes its responsibility towards the environment very seriously, proudly supporting South West Victoria Landcare, Conservation Volunteers, and the NSW Cancer Council.