Complete Great Ocean Walk 6 Day Trip
The Entire Great Ocean Walk in 6 Days
Spend 6 wonderful days exploring the 104km Great Ocean Walk in 6 days. This epic trail is from Apollo Bay to the magnificent 12 Apostles. This is a Great Ocean Walk 6-Day itinerary where you can hike at your own pace, staying in comfortable accommodation (organised by Walk 91), and walk without being weighed down by your large pack (we transfer this to your accommodation each night).
This is a great way to enjoy the wild adventure, seeing the Great Ocean Walk’s best sections whilst avoiding any stress and logistics involved with planning the whole thing yourself. This Complete 6 Day Great Ocean Walk not only offers spectacular views at every turn — from bushland to rainforest and rolling hills to pristine sandy beaches — it also offers the chance to spot incredible wildlife along the coast of Victoria, within The Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks. Keep reading to find out all the details and highlights. And if you’d prefer a shorter trip, you may like to check out our 3-day Hike the Cape Tour (the “Mild Side”) or our 12 Apostles Great Ocean Walk 3 Day Tour (the “Wild Side”). For the complete list, take a look at our entire range of Great Ocean Walk Tours. Or, if you’re searching for a trip you can’t see on our site, check out our Custom Great Ocean Walk Tour Packages as we can create a completely personalised experience just for you.
Standard and Upgraded Accommodation Pricing
YOU'LL WALK 104KM OF THE GREAT OCEAN WALK IN 6 DAYS
Day 1: Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay – 22km * or 13.5km
Day 2: Blanket Bay to Cape Otway – 10.5km
Day 3: Cape Otway to Castle Cove – 17.5km* or 11km
Day 4: Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate – 16km * or 13km
Day 5: Milanesia Gate to The Gables – 18km * or 12km
Day 6: 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 (packed with the Great Ocean Walk’s best sections), 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 of the Great Otway National Park. Hike past tree ferns and tall eucalypts found in the wet gullies, through tall forests and along old forestry tracks. Spot black wallabies who inhabit this area, before winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay. This is only day 1 and it’s one of the best sections on the Great Ocean Walk!
Day 2 - Blanket Bay to Cape Otway
As you set off today you will enjoy wonderful views over Parker Inlet. The vegetation changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Following the track to Victoria’s oldest lighthouse, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bass Strait from the cliff tops. Remember to look up into the manna gums, as they are home to the local koalas.
Today you visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse, one of the best sections on the Great Ocean Walk. Here, you can walk up the 18 metre, 150 year old lightstation, and learn a little of the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. Visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.
Day 3 - Cape Otway to Castle Cove
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!
Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - The Gables to the Twelve 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). And that’s it: the entire Great Ocean Walk in 6 days… You’ve done it!
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.
Thank you to Nancy and Mark for the fabulous time we had with your company, Walk 91, over the March long weekend just gone, on the Great Ocean Walk. The preparation work was thorough and professional, and thoughtful in that you suggested the bigger house with two bathrooms which was excellent. Also, the catered option was a resounding success. Good hearty food in plentiful supply.
We were very happy with our walk and Walk 91 couldn't have organised it better or been more helpful to us. We'd like to give a special thank you to Sam for his great driving!