The Great Ocean walk is planned around its hike in campsites, with additional step on and step off points along its route for car access. The main sources of water are located in the campsite areas. However, the water is supplied by rainwater tanks which offer untreated water. Parks Victoria recommend that you do not drink this water and you either bring your own water with you (Apollo Bay town water is fine to drink) or you bring along water purification tablets. We have found that in spring the tanks are full but depending on the rainfall they can be empty by January/February. Therefore in an extremely dry year there may not actually be any water to purify, so carrying at least 2 litres of water a day (provided by yourself in advance of your walk ) is highly recommended.
We would also suggest ringing Parks Victoria if you are planning a self-sufficient hike to check the levels of the water tanks before you embark on your hike. If you are walking with us at Walk 91 and camping, we leave large containers of water in our trailer that you can access (we give you a key code). If you’re staying at accommodation organised by us, you will be able to refill your water bottles at the accommodation.
Remember, Australian weather can be extremely hot and dry in the summer months, so plan for your walk and do not attempt to walk the track without a sufficient water supply.