The planning of your Great Ocean Walk holiday usually starts with the question, “When is the best time of year to walk?”. If you want to plan your walk around the weather, then the seasons will play a huge part in your decision.
If you prefer to hike in slightly cooler weather and don’t mind a possible rain shower here and there, spring is a perfect time to walk. (i.e. Sept -Nov). This is also a fantastic time to see the spring flowers emerge.
December in this part of Victoria can start warming up but is still a lovely time to explore the Great Ocean Walk. However, by January and February the weather can get quite hot and the flies come out in force! If you are not used to walking long distances in the heat and have not been training for your walk in hot weather we would suggest avoiding the summer months. (In February, in particular, you also need to consider the possibility of fire danger).
March and April generally see the weather cooling a little, so perfect if you enjoy the sunshine but don’t want to be walking in extreme heat. May and June cool down further, so and you may experience the odd light shower, but it’s still a great time to enjoy the track.
In July, August and the start of September we start to receive a lot of rain (if we’re lucky!). The wet weather is perfect for refilling the water tanks on the track and to rejuvenate the rainforest, but not great if you’re walking in it every day! However, if you come prepared with good-quality wet weather gear and sturdy walking boots there is no reason why you wouldn’t consider a walk at this time. The only problem you may experience, other than the rain, is higher tides and swell than usual. However, the Great Ocean walk offers several decision points where you can choose to walk the high tide or low tide route, so this should not prevent you from completing the trail all the way from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.
No matter what month you choose to walk, it pays to be prepared for any weather eventuality… sun, wind or rain. A successful walk is a well-planned walk!