‘CUP WEEKEND’ WALK • 4 DAY WILD SIDE WALK, SELF-GUIDED
Walk 71kms of the ‘Wild Side’ of the track in four days, staying in wonderful accommodation in a great location. One of the best ‘Melbourne Cup Day’ weekend activities in Australia, ending your adventure at the spectacular 12 Apostles!
Dates: 1/11/19 – 5/11/19, start walking 2/11/19-5/11/19.
Includes: Accommodation in a motel included on the evening of the 1/11/19.
YOU'LL COMPLETE 71KMS OF THE GREAT OCEAN WALK IN 4 DAYS
Before Your Adventure Begins
Walk91 will provide a short, personalised briefing the day before you start your walk. We’ll give you a map, tide chart, walk notes and emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). Plus, we’ll answer any questions you have and explain your itinerary and other important information. Remember that we are never far away and you can call us any time!
A motel room in Apollo Bay is included on the 1/11, the night before you commence walking. (No food included. You are close to cafes/restaurants).
Day 1 - Cape Otway to Castle Cove
We will provide you a pack lunch when we drop you off at your starting point. Today you’ll visit to the Cape Otway Lighthouse. Walk up the 18 metre, 150 year old lightstation for views of the rugged coastline. Learn about the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. Visit the telegraph station built in 1859, the World War ll radar station and the Indigenous Cultural Centre.
Passing the old cemetery you’ll see tombstones reflecting the hardships experienced by the early settlers here. The track meanders on towards wild and wonderful Station Beach, which is littered with driftwood. Take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or carry on walking to enjoy sweeping views from the cliff tops. You’ll walk along the Aire Heritage River and over its bridge, towards Castle Cove. This magnificent beach has its own lookout station; a great way to end your days walk!
Day 2 - Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate
This section of the walk features rocky escarpments and coastal views. You will pass heath land, wild flowers and grass trees. Be prepared for some beach walking as you drop down onto Johanna Beach. Look out for birds such as the majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles. Then you climb upwards alongside a picturesque farmland valley before heading towards Milanesia.
Day 3 - Milanesia to The Gables
The trail descends onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.
Day 4 - The Gables to the 12 Apostles
Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto historical Wreck Beach with its old anchors rising out of the sand. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance. At the end of your walk you can celebrate with a photo from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. We will collect you at 4pm and transfer you back to Apollo Bay.
GOOD TO KNOW
- You may extend your walk to include a night’s stay in Port Campbell. Please ask us for a quote. More details are available on the FAQ page.
- We can lend you walking poles if you would like them.
- We can lend you a mobile phone if you are visiting from overseas.
- Transfers to and from your start and finish points are included where required.
- Detailed transportation options to and from Apollo Bay are available on the FAQ page.
- We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs (please let us know when you book).
- It’s important to prepare for your walk. See the FAQ page for some tips!
We thought our itinerary was professionally organised and well done. We were all very satisfied with the package...
Denise Faulks & Christian Dualé
Everybody we met was just right- genuinely friendly and welcoming without putting any pressure on. We ate well, slept well...
Jaz & James
Thank you for going above and beyond for us. We really did have a fantastic time doing our walk...