Great Ocean Walk: Twelve Apostles

from £1287
excluding flights *
3 nights Jan-May, Sep-Dec


The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria's main attractions and this journey on foot allows plenty of time to admire the area’s scenic highlights, including the Twelve Apostles. This walk passes through national parks, forests and coastal scenery and provides amazing opportunities to see native Australian wildlife.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, selection of local wine & beer
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Services of a walking guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Accommodation is included at a walking lodge conveniently situated in a central location at Johanna Beach, providing easy access to the area’s scenic attractions and a comfortable base to return to at the end of each day’s adventures.

With well maintained tracks and only a light day-pack to carry, the nearby support vehicle is rarely needed but does offer an escape if the going gets too tough. On average you will cover a distance of around 15kms each day on foot. The terrain is varied with an undulating coastline and some beach walking, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

The Great Ocean Walk provides a truly memorable way to experience this beautiful corner of Australia away from the crowds.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
01 - 30 Sep 2020 3 nights £1,287
01 Oct - 30 Nov 2020 3 nights £1,456
01 Dec 2020 - 28 Feb 2021 3 nights £1,287
01 Mar - 30 Apr 2021 3 nights £1,456
01 - 31 May 2021 3 nights £1,287

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea snacks
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of local wine & beer
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Services of a walking guide and support vehicle
  • Use of daypack, waterproof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Return transfers from Melbourne
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »
Group Size: Minimum group size: 1 Maximum group size: 10

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Castle Cove - Johanna Beach

Time to lace up in the ‘mud room’ and step out on track for day one. This is not before a lodge welcome and walk briefing over morning tea. It’s then a short drive out to Castle Cove to begin your walk, with a tasty hiker lunch tucked in your pack. Today begins in the tea-trees with a few tantalising vistas out to the Southern Ocean. This will be your constant neighbour for the next four days. Enter a flawlessly-groomed grass tree forest and hear tales dating back 104 million years at Dinosaur Cove. Bring those boots to a halt and consider a time when dinosaurs occupied your very location. Next, drop down onto Johanna Beach. This is an opportunity to kick off the boots and walk barefoot; wind-swept waves just metres away. This two-kilometre stretch has a knack of clearing busy minds and washing away city stresses. At the end of the beach awaits your cool water and lemonade greeting, a constant across all four days.
Overnight: Twelve Apostles Lodge

Days 2: Milanesia Track - Moonlight Head

The ocean is your steadfast companion across 14.5 kilometres of rolling terrain today, beginning with a descent onto Milanesia Beach. Here, your guide will point out a ‘natural rock wall’ that would be the envy of any budding young climber. After a fleeting beach visit, it’s a short but bracing climb that whispers of inclines to come. Over the next hours, the trail carves its way through deep gullies with tree ferns and towering remnant Eucalypts. There are 132 steps to ascend before trailing west out of the forest to Ryans Den. On suitable days, this is your lunch perch. The Den gifts with unsurpassed views across to Cape Volney and Cape Otway. Further along the trail, as it mimics the tumbles and rising of the coastline, keep an eye out for Cape Volney. There’s a bench that, if time allowed, could swallow hours. Heaving seas disappear into watery caves. Views west travel to the horizon’s edge. And the entire spectacle is framed by the forest.
Overnights: Twelve Apostles Lodge

Day 3: Moonlight Head - Princetown

Today is about shipwrecks, sandy pathways, exposed heathland and maybe even first glimpse of the Apostles. What better place to commence the walk and get your bearings than The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas. After the challenging undulations of yesterday, day three is pleasantly less furrowed. Following lunch, notice how the geology begins to change from sandstone to limestone. Thick Eucalypt forest gives way to sections of moonscape, indicators of what’s in store. Keep an eye out for native rosemary, cushion plants and wildflowers in season. Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. This freshwater river near the sleepy hamlet of Princetown is an easy downhill stroll. After some 12.5 kilometres, reward yourself with a cooling river dip.
Overnights: Twelve Apostles Lodge

Day 4: Princetown - the Twelve Apostles

Today invites new heights. Not only will you conquer the final steps of your Great Ocean Walk but you will have the opportunity to top this with a 15-minute helicopter flight taking in the route walked and iconic Twelve Apostles. After a final lunch in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell you will return to Melbourne.

Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel

Our partner operating this walking tour achieved their Advanced Eco Accreditation in 2013, demonstrating their commitment to sustainable travel, conserving the environment and helping local communities.

Working closely with National Parks and Wildlife Services, our partner follows designated walking trails and removes all waste from their huts, camps and lodges and recycles wherever possible.

You'll stay at Twelve Apostles Lodge, a purpose built lodge for hikers, which is privately owned and operated, located at Johanna Beach, the mid-point of the trail. Sustainably designed and constructed, the lodge features low consumption electric and water fittings, hydronic heating, onsite wastewater treatment and composting, plus a self-sufficient water supply. There are many hiker-friendly facilities too, such as foot spas, rainforest showers, a kitchen garden and dining room stocked with local wines. Walkers can enjoy a relaxing stay in spacious eco-luxe villas with healthy meals prepared each day, using regional food and a selection of Victoria's best wines.

Contact us to find out more about sustainable hiking in Australia, or for further details on this holiday.

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