We enjoy a climate with four distinct seasons. November is the second month of spring and a lovely time for walking and being outdoors in the Otways.
July and August is typically a time of heavy rainfall, wild storms and cold temperatures. From September onwards however the climatic systems transition towards high pressure systems, hence warmer temperatures and gentler winds.
This has an immediate effect on the Great Ocean Walk, with insects coming to life and plants blooming. Many different types of birds such as colourful parrots, tiny wrens, and large wedge tailed eagles appear to feast on the insects and emerging blossoms. Wallabies’ families give birth to Joeys who travel in their mums pouch, only hopping out to eat when they spot some fresh grass. You will often see groups of three wallabies on the walk.
Other unique animals you may see include echidna’s, snakes and lizards, kangaroos and koalas. Last November there were also three Southern Right Whales spotted from the beach in Apollo Bay, at the beginning of the Great Ocean Walk trail. Whilst the Southern Right Whales are migrating south to Antarctica for summer, Apollo Bay historically offers protected waters where they can rest. Whale, seal and dolphin populations are increasing in this area and whales can be seen from high points of the walk e.g. the long escarpment from Cape Otway to Aire River.
For a small area the Otways region has a remarkable variety of micro climates and eco systems. This is due to the highest point of the Otways being at 500 metres altitude. Also, Cape Otway juts into the Southern Ocean with not much else between it and Antarctica. So as weather systems travel from east to west, the Otways receives a high amount of rainfall.
Up high the rainforest is lush and green and is the beginning of many creeks and rivers which wind through hidden valleys towards the ocean.
Spring is a lovely time of new life with the days getting longer and warmer and the vegetation soaking up the water and sun. It’s one of our favourite times to enjoy the outdoors after the short, cold days of winter.
Our Melbourne Cup weekend holiday package includes a night in Apollo Bay before your walk commences, and three nights’ accommodation in a great location, not far from the Great Ocean Walk track. You are looked after by relaxed friendly hosts and provided wholesome and delicious food whilst on the trail. Luggage transfers and shuttles are also included.
So, if you feel like stretching your legs this Spring and enjoying a walking holiday with Walk 91, please visit our website and start planning your Melbourne Cup Weekend adventure now! Happy walking!