Strap on your walking boots and hit the spectacular Great Ocean Walk. Taken as a multi-day adventure, this east-to-west epic has been labelled a ‘mild to wild’ journey as its remoteness and ruggedness increases the further towards the 12 Apostles you step. Stretching from the seaside village of Apollo Bay west to the 12 Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk passes along a dramatic coastline of soaring cliffs and remote beaches, with tangents exploring giant eucalypt forests full of kangaroos, wallabies and koalas, and meandering estuaries brimming with birdlife.
Hike the spectacular Great Ocean Walk
Camp in tents under the stars
Cook delicious meals for your peers on camp stoves
Whale-watch off the coast for Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales!
Explore the shipwreck coast
Begin your journey along the Great Ocean Walk at the stunning Castle Cove Lookout. After taking in the view of the ocean and the fresh air, work with your team to properly load up your packs and begin the walk to your first camp; at Johanna Beach.
Make your way from Johanna Beach through to Ryan’s Den. This 14.8km hike will take you approximately 5hrs of walking time. Expect to see Eastern Grey Kangaroo in the grassy valleys out from Johanna Beach. The track rises through rolling hills and farmland as it cuts inland before returning to the coast and one of the walk’s highlights, Milanesia Beach. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breath-taking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volley.
Continue hiking today from Ryan’s Den through to Devils Kitchen. This 15.3km hike will take you approximately 6hrs of walking time. From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head. After Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley and follows a newly cut section of track which will lead to The Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. Continuing along the track through a grove of casuarina trees you will come out near Wreck Beach where at low tide you can descend and see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. Continue to camp at Devil’s Kitchen.
Next, make your way from Devil’s Kitchen through to the Princetown Recreation Reserve. This 8.1km hike will take approximately 2.5hrs of walking time. From Devil’s Kitchen you will follow a new section of track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown and The Twelve Apostles Marine Park. The wetlands around Princetown support a wide variety of bird life and you will cross the Gellibrand River on a trestle bridge. Enjoy an early arrival into camp and a well-deserved hot shower.
Today’s the day – you will complete the last section of your Great Ocean Walk. You’ll make your way from Princetown through to the 12 Apostles. This 7km hike will take you approximately 2hrs. You are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight. Make an early start today to allow more time to view the spectacular Twelve Apostles and make it down Gibson’s Steps. Congratulations, you made it!
After lunch, hit the waves for a 2-hour surf lesson to wrap-up your time on the Surf Coast before returning home.