5 Day Complete Walk 104 kms, Self-Guided
This 104km trek is perfect for the ‘Fit and Fast’ walker, as you challenge yourself to complete the whole Great Ocean Walk in 5 days. Walk 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.
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!
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. 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 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!
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.
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.
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 (arriving at approx 5:30pm).
- 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!
- 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)
Not a lot could have been done to improve our walk! The entire experience and package was well put together.
We enjoyed our walk very much and would throughly recommend it to friends...
Andre & Sara
Take your time to look at the scenery, plant life & wild life and don’t just try to get to your destination within...