The itinerary was very well planned and I was pleased that Walk91 could easily accommodate our additional request to do a short 8km walk at the start of the tour, thus filling the afternoon after having arrived in Apollo Bay. Walking back from Shelly Beach into Marengo and Apollo Bay let us really appreciate the solitude and scenery of the next three days of walking.
The walking package was fine and we really appreciated having the Telstra phone with us to re-arrange pickups. We spent 2 1/2 hours at the Lighthouse (including lunch, talking to lighthouse staff and discussing the aboriginal display)) and did not manage to see everything on site! One of the cultural highlights on the tour.
The Youth Hostel was wonderful. We loved the atmosphere of the Guest House. Considerate hosts, everything was well prepared. Visiting the pub at Lavern Hill in the evening was an experience in itself.
We loved the food and atmosphere and would have made more of it if we wouldn’t have been so tired after three days walking. We found it easy to find the meeting spots each day.
We enjoyed most of the walk thoroughly, views, scenery and wildlife. The only part we struggled with was the long uphill leg towards Milanesia Gate, walking across farmland. At the end of a long day walking this was quite challenging – in particular as there was no extraordinary scenery to make up for it. Other than predicted, we did not find the leg between Milanesia Gate and Moonlight Head very hard but enjoyed every minute of it, and all the steep parts too.
Our tips for future walkers are: take your time in order to take everything in – its not a walk thats worth rushing through but something that should be enjoyed every second; if in doubt: ask for a later pickup (as we did on the last day which provided us with a luxurious 45 minute lunch break at Moonlight Head).
It would be nice if you could provide links on your website on other interesting walks that are organized by locals. Doing parts of the GOW makes me want to do more walking, but in doing so I really would like to support local communities and businesses.