10-Day Leisurely Hiking on the Great Ocean Walk & Accommodation

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  • Catered or Self-Catered
  • Standard or Upgraded Options
  • Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles

10-day Leisurely Self-Guided Tour of the Great Ocean Walk

Interested in a leisurely hike of the Great Ocean Walk? This 10-day self-guided itinerary is perfect for those who want to enjoy Victoria’s iconic walking route at a slower pace, which you could argue is directly opposite to our fastest package: our 3-day Great Ocean Walk Hiking Tour.

This 104km ‘Hike the Whole Walk’ is great for beginners and experienced walkers alike, and perfect for those who want to take their time walking shorter distances each day.

Slow but steady, you will still reach the 12 Apostles viewing platform at the end of your great adventure! Most importantly, you will walk pack-free, whilst enjoying the historical Cape Otway Lighthouse, well-marked tracks, and amazing views.

Check out all the details below for this 10-day Great Ocean Walk adventure, which traverses through the Cape Otway National Park and a little of the Port Campbell National Park. This walk is perfect if you are a keen bird-watcher or even water colour painter as we can be flexible with our car transfer times.

Please contact us if you have any questions whatsoever, and check out our Custom Great Ocean Walk Tour Packages if you’d like us to create a completely personalised experience for you. And remember, if this walk is a little too long for you and you have tighter time constraints, please consider our range of Great Ocean Walk walking tours. We are here to create the perfect walk for you!

Price Includes

  • Private walk briefing(we discuss our safety contact TEXT system & the walk’s decision points)
  • 9 nights’ Accommodation
  • Return to Apollo Bay on Day 10
  • Daily transport
  • Bag transfer
  • Great Ocean Walk map
  • Walk notes and history notes
  • Use of a Personal Locator Beacon(PLB)
  • Use of a mobile phone & walking poles / sticks if needed.
  • A complimentary Cape Otway Lighthouse ticket to use as you walk past the Lighthouse (please note that we cannot guarantee opening hours as they are changeable)

Price Excludes

  • Snacks
  • Alcohol
  • Beverages (other than tea/coffee)
  • Guide(tracks are easy to navigate)

Why Choose This Walk?

  • Experience the walk at a slow & steady pace!
  • Well marked tracks. No technical expertise required.
  • Cozy accommodation & friendly hosts.
  • Locally prepared, healthy catered options.
  • Your safety and security are paramount

You’ll Complete 104KMS of The Great Ocean Walk in 10 Days

Day 1: Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach – 8.5km
Day 2: Shelly Beach to Blanket Bay – 13.5km
Day 3: Blanket Bay to Cape Otway – 13 to 15km *
Day 4: Cape Otway to Aire River – 11km
Day 5: Aire River to Castle Cove – 6.5km
Day 6: Castle Cove to Milanesia 3 Ways – 13km*
Day 7: Milanesia 3 Ways to Moonlight – 12 or 15km*
Day 8: Moonlight to Wreck– 7.5km*
Day 9: Wreck to Princetown – 12.5km
Day 10: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles – 6km

  • All km’s are approximate and the days marked * can be shortened if required.
  • If you would like to add a rest day, just get in touch.
  • We can omit days from this itinerary if you prefer.
  • Transfers to and from your start and finish points are included where required.
  • We can lend you walking poles if you would like them.
  • We can lend you a mobile phone if you are visiting from overseas.
  • Detailed transportation options to and from Apollo Bay are available on the FAQ page.
  • Click here if you have any special dietary needs.
  • 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.
  • If you are short on time, please take a look at our 4 day Wild Side walk, our 3 day 12 Apostles Walk, or our 3 Day Hike the Cape Walk. Or call us for a chat on +61 3 5237 1189 or BOOK A CALL. We will happily take the time to 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, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) & a phone or poles, if needed.

We will also explain in detail the Great Ocean Walk decision points as well as our daily ‘texting’ system. Our goal is to keep your waiting times for car transfers at a minimum, no matter how slow or fast you choose to walk.

As locals, with a team on the ground to support you, you will start your exciting journey with Walk91 feeling relaxed, confident & safe in the knowledge that we are never far away if you need us.

Standard and Upgrade Accommodation Pricing

Catered
Upgraded options

Catered: From AU$4,595 per person based on double occupancy.
Self catered: Please enquire for a price.

We can ‘mix & match’ accommodation options, creating a walk which will suit you perfectly, so please just get in touch.

Solo walkers & groups: Just let us know your preferred sleeping arrangements and we will advise the best options available for you.

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 9 pack lunches, 8 dinners
Accommodation: 9 nights. Queen room with private bathroom. Please contact us for twin share options.
Rating: Comparable to 3.5 star
Tour code: 10

Note: These prices do not include Christmas, Easter, Public holidays and Victorian School holidays. Please enquire for a price & availability for these times. Please note we do not operate on Christmas Day.

Tell us what your perfect walk looks like!
Our standard option offers comfortable accommodation in great locations. But if you are looking for accommodation of a slightly higher standard, or just something a little bit different to what we have advertised, (for example, a stay at the Cape Otway Lighthouse) we can custom make a walk especially for you. Please contact us for a chat, or email us if you would prefer, and we will provide you with some options which we hope will suit you perfectly!

Example of an alternative option:

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 9 pack lunches, 8 dinners (or self-catered).
Accommodation: Private cabin/ lodge (queen or twin beds available). Two bedrooms or four bedrooms. Price differs depending on how many bedrooms/bathrooms you require. We will happily have a chat with you to discuss which option will suit you best.

Special dietary requests:

We can offer Vegetarian and Vegan options, and meals using Gluten Free ingredients. However please be aware that traces of gluten, dairy, nuts, and shellfish may be present in all foods due to possible cross-contamination. Consequently, we are unable to cater for guests with severe allergies like anaphylaxis or those with celiac disease. If you have any other dietary requests, kindly contact us before booking so we may confirm if your needs can be catered for.

Alternatively, please enquire for details of our self-catered walking options.

Great Ocean Walk Itinerary

Day 1 – Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach

We transfer you to Shelly Beach at approx 12PM – 1PM and you walk back into your accommodation in Apollo Bay. This is a nice easy to medium trek to start off your Great Ocean Walk and sets the standard for the rest of your fabulous journey. The walk follows the magnificent coastline with sweeping views of the Great Otway National Park and the Cape Otway region.

The reason we ask you to walk back into town from Shelly Beach is because there is no phone reception at Shelly car park, so this option works much better as there are no ‘shuttle’ waiting times involved at the end of your walk. You just walk back into your accommodation at your own pace.

Distance: 8.5 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Meals: No evening meal is included in Apollo Bay. There are several restaurants & pubs in town for you to buy dinner and there are two supermarkets. Walk91 will provide you with a ‘locals favourite’ food guide.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation for this first night is in a nice standard motel in Apollo Bay, close to shops and restaurants and a short walk from the V-line bus stop if you are arriving by public transport.

Upgrade Accommodation Options

We can offer a superior option of accommodation in Apollo Bay if requested.

Day 2 – Shelly Beach to Blanket Bay

As you leave Shelly Beach and head onto the Elliot River Track, the trail meanders into the cool rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. You will enjoy watching the vegetation change as you pass lush tree ferns and tall eucalyptus found in the wet gullies. Think back to the hoards of loggers who set up camp here in the 1800s as you walk through tall forests and along old forestry tracks. Spot black wallabies and kangaroos (and occasionally deer!) who enjoy the seclusion of this now quiet and deserted area. It is wonderful to see the clear blue sea visible between the trees as you reach the top of the Telegraph Track, before slowly winding down the trail onto beautiful Blanket Bay.

Discover how this beautiful secluded beach was once used by settlers to transport provisions to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, and explore the remains of the old cottage nestled in the dunes which has fuelled local tales of hidden treasure!

Distance: 13.5 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Medium

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Catered option: Breakfast, a packed lunch & dinner is included.
Self-catered: We transfer your food with your luggage to your accommodation.
Alcohol: Not included for the duration of your walk. Please purchase in advance and leave it with your luggage. We will transfer it to the accommodation for you. There are no shops on the walking trail.


Standard Accommodation Option

This accommodation is located in the Otway National Park. It is set within a magnificent forest of tall manna gums, housing koalas and a multitude of birds. Relax in a comfortable cabin, with a lounge/dining room area, full en-suite and kitchenette. There is a small shop on the premises selling basic food items. Internet and laundry facilities are available for a small fee.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Depending on the number of walkers in your party you may stay in lodges or cabins most suited to your needs, and we are happy to discuss these options and prices with you in detail. These options offer a touch of luxury in accommodation close to the Great Ocean Walk.(Please also let us know if you would like to stay at the historical Cape Otway Lighthouse).

Day 3 – Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

As you set off today along boardwalks you will enjoy wonderful views as you gently wind up to Point Lewis Lookout. The trail moves on past several creek foot bridges before slowly descending to Parker River. You might have to remove your shoes as there is no footbridge here, but this gives you a chance to stop and marvel at the wild ocean beating the rocks just outside the inlet. If you are very lucky, you might even see the remains of the ‘Eric the Red’ shipwreck rising tantalisingly out of the sand.

Walking on, the vegetation slowly changes to dry coastal forests inhabited by echidnas and king parrots. Remember to look up, as this is a popular spot for local koalas to rest in the manna gums. Enjoy fabulous views of the Bass Strait as you walk above Crayfish Bay, and enjoy your first glimpse of the Cape Otway Lighthouse from the sweeping staircase at Point Franklin.

Today, if opening hours allow, you may use our complimentary tickets to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse where you may walk up the 18 metre, 150 year old lightstation tower and learn about the lives of the hard-working, isolated and incredibly resourceful lighthouse keepers. If you still have the energy, you may also like to visit the telegraph station built in 1859 and the World War ll radar station.

Distance: 13 kilometres plus approx 1.5km around Lighthouse (optional)

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate duration: 5 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation is the same as night two.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Accommodation is the same as night two.

Day 4 – Cape Otway to Aire River

Setting off today you will pass the old lightstation cemetery. The tombstones reflect the hardships experienced by the early settlers and make for sombre reading indeed. 

The track then meanders towards the wild and wonderful Station Beach, littered with driftwood swept in by the impressively large surf. If you have the energy, and the swell and tide allow, you may take a small detour to Rainbow Falls, or simply use the high tide route to enjoy sweeping views of the Great Southern Ocean from the cliff tops. 

Taking in your wonderful surroundings, you’ll slowly follow the trail towards the heritage-listed Aire River. This stunning yet peaceful river is teaming with wildlife and is home to a multitude of birds, including swans, ducks, egrets, swamphens and the endangered hooded plover. Remember to also look out for koalas sleeping in the gum trees; they love this peaceful location!

Distance: 11 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate duration: 4.5 hours

Catered: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation is the same as night two.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Accommodation is the same as night two.

Day 5 – Aire River to Castle Cove

Today you will walk on over the Aire River bridge towards Castle Cove beach. As the path rises upwards make sure you stop and admire the view back over the estuary and up along the beautiful sweeping Aire Valley. Pause at Sentinel Rock and Eagle Nest Rock and admire the sweeping views of the Great Southern Ocean. Slowly your walk will take you down to Castle Cove. This magnificent long sandy beach has its own lookout platform and is a great vantage point to stop and watch locals braving the large surf of the wild Southern Ocean.

Distance: 6.5 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate duration: 3 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation same as night 2.

Upgrade Accommodation Options

Accommodation same as night 2.

Day 6 – Castle Cove to Johanna

Leaving Castle Cove, be prepared for walking on sand as you drop down onto the wild and wonderful Johanna Beach. This beach has been used as an alternative in the past for professional surfing competitions when waves at the famous Bells Beach in Torquay were not big enough. Needless to say – don’t try and go for a swim here! Look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles and white bellied sea eagles, and remember to stop at the lookout platforms for unbelievable views.

After leaving Johanna Beach behind, you climb alongside picturesque farmland and winding valleys before heading towards Milanesia. As you climb, look out for kangaroos grazing in the sun, and you may even spot the Otway Panther! (There is an ongoing debate in Apollo Bay as to whether this panther truly exists, which we will happily chat to you about when you arrive if your interest is piqued!)

Distance: 13 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Medium

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Options

This wonderful private ensuite accommodation is in a great location, close to the Great Otway National Park. After a long day’s walk, kick back and relax in the living room, or enjoy tea or coffee prepared in the well-equipped kitchen area.

Upgrade Accommodation Options

Depending on the number of walkers in your party you may stay in lodges or cabins most suited to your needs, and we are happy to discuss these options and prices with you in detail. These options offer a touch of luxury in accommodation close to the Great Ocean Walk.

Day 7 - Milanesia 3 Ways to Moonlight Head

The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!

As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have walked so far, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.

Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing suprisingly all alone.

Distance: 12 or 15 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Medium / Hard

Approximate Duration: 12kms – 5 hours | 15 kms – 6.5 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation is the same as night 6.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Accommodation is the same as night 6.

Day 8 - Moonlight Head to Wreck Beach Look Out

From wild and wonderful Moonlight Head, the track winds along boardwalks and pathways lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, visiting the breathtaking Gables Lookout. Stop to admire some of the highest cliff views in mainland Australia before ending your walk at Wreck Beach.

Distance: 7.5 kilometres (or stop at The Gables at 6.5km)

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate Duration: 3.5 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation as night 6.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Accommodation as night 6.

Day 9 – Wreck Beach to Princetown

You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Figi’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and rest near the waters edge.

Distance: 12.5 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Catered option: Self-serve continental breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.


Standard Accommodation Option

Accommodation as night 6.

Upgrade Accomodation Options

Accommodation as night 6.

Day 10 – Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

This walk commences at approx 12PM – 1PM on Day 1, and you can expect to be back in Apollo Bay on your last day at approx 2PM depending on the start time of your last day which we can discuss with you.

Alternatively, for an additional cost, we can arrange transport to Port Campbell if you would prefer. Please refer to our FAQs for more details.

Distance: 6 kilometres

Parks Vics Grading: Easy / Medium

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Catered option: Please note that a self-serve breakfast and pack lunch is included on your last day. (No evening meal is included).
Accommodation: No further accommodation is included. However, please let us know if you would like us to book accommodation for you in Apollo Bay (for an additional cost) the evening before your walk commences, or for the evening your walk concludes.

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