Great Ocean Walk 5 Day Hiking Trip
This 104km Great Ocean Walk 5-day Trip is perfect for the ‘Fit and Fast’ walker as it challenges you to complete the whole Great Ocean Walk in 5 days. While not as challenging as our 4-day Tour of the Great Ocean Walk, this is still not for the faint-hearted. However, trekking 104km over 5 days is much easier when Walk 91 transports your luggage to each night’s accommodation! Enjoy walking pack-free, whilst traveling along sandy beaches and bush trails, through rainforests and open pastures. Celebrate your achievement at the end of your walk, rewarding yourself with wonderful views of the 12 Apostles. Read the rest of the details of this Great Ocean Walk 5-day Itinerary below, and if you’re looking for the complete experience but at a slower pace, check out our 7 Day Trip on the Great Ocean Walk or ask us to create a Personalised Great Ocean Walk Tour made to the exact pace for you. And please get in touch if you have any questions.
Standard and Upgraded Accommodation Pricing
YOU'LL WALK 104KMS OF THE GREAT OCEAN WALK IN 5 DAYS
Day 1: Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay – 22km * or 13.5km
Day 2: Blanket Bay to Aire River – 21.5km* or 10.5km
Day 3: Aire River to Milanesia Gate – 22.5km* or 15km
Day 4: Milanesia Gate to The Gables – 18km * or 12km
Day 5: The Gables to Twelve Apostles – 19.5km * or 13.5km
*If you are unsure if these walking distances are too long for you, no worries – we are here to help! We will happily chat to you about which distances will suit you best before you walk, or we can even change the meeting points once you start walking if you are finding the walk too challenging. We are here to help find the perfect walk for you!
Before Your Adventure Begins
Walk91 look forward to welcoming you on arrival with your own personal walk briefing. We will hand you a map, tide chart, walk notes, emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) & phone, if needed. You will start your journey with our Walk91 team feeling relaxed, confident & safe in the knowledge that we are never far away and you can call us at any time!
Day 1 - Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay
This morning you’ll collect your freshly packed lunch as you head out of Apollo Bay. The start of the walk commences with a stretch along the coastline offering sweeping views of the Cape Otway region. The track then meanders into the rainforest where you’ll hike past tree ferns and tall eucalypts.
Day 2 - Blanket Bay to Aire River
After Blanket Bay the vegetation changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Walking back towards the ocean you’ll enjoy views over Parker Inlet. Following the track to Victoria’s oldest lighthouse, enjoy the views of the Bass Strait from the cliff tops. You’ll visit the Cape Otway Lightstation. Walk up the 18 metre, 150 year old lightstation for views of the coastline. Learn a little of the lives of the hard-working lighthouse keepers. Visit the telegraph station built in 1859, the World War ll radar station and the Indigenous Cultural Centre.
Setting off today you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers here. The track then meanders on towards the 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 descend down to the Aire Heritage River enjoying views of the bridge and surrounding bushland.
Day 3 - Aire River 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 approx 3pm and transfer you back to Apollo Bay (arriving at approx 4:30pm).
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 see ‘question 15’ for what we can offer).
- It’s important to prepare for your walk. See the FAQ page for some tips!
- If this particular walk is too long or too short for you, please refer to our other multi-day walking options or call us for a chat on (+61 3 5237 1189). We can shorten your walk wherever possible.
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