MELBOURNE – PARKERS INLET – CAPE OTWAY
Walk 6kms. 3 hours + additional 1 hour at Cape Otway. Easy Grade 2.
This walk stays high and behind the sea cliff for its full duration except where we descend to beautiful Crayfish Bay for a short break. There are a couple of sets of steps but mostly the track is very gently undulating with a firm, sandy surface.
Starting at our central hotel in the Melbourne CBD. From here we transfer to the Great Ocean Road with a short stop along the way at Apollo Bay. Today we walk from picture perfect Parker River Inlet to Cape Otway Lighthouse including Point Franklin and Crayfish Bay. This section of the walk follows a cliff line that, when the foliage clears, affords superb views of the ocean. This is a delightful section of the walk offering the chance to see koalas relaxing in the trees in the eucalyptus forest. We arrive at this historic Cape Otway Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. We have time here to climb the lighthouse for views down the coast, as well as exploring the aboriginal talking hut and World War II bunker. After our walk, we transfer along the coast to our accommodation at stunning Alkina Lodge offering a touch of luxury. Tonight, enjoy dinner prepared by the lodge’s personal chef featuring high-quality local produce matched perfectly with local Victorian wines. Sit back and enjoy the company of your fellow companions in this modern and stylish accommodation.
MILANESIA GATE TO MOONLIGHT HEAD
OPTIONAL WALK: GABLES LOOKOUT AND WRECK BEACH
Walk 13km. 6 hours. Medium. Grade 3 Terrain.
We start in a forest setting and walk to Milanesia Beach. After a short beach walk, there is some steady climbing on a firm track of compacted earth with several sets of steps. It remains undulating in a stable surface for the entire journey today giving the benefit of distant views ahead and behind us.
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Optional longer 20km walk available today for fit walkers from Johanna Beach and walk through the green hills of Johanna Valley, populated with a lot of kangaroos. Stretch out on a country lane to the highest point of the Great Ocean Walk. Please discuss doing this option with your guide on evening of day 1.
Today will be the most challenging day of the tour. You will see the most spectacular and isolated areas of the Great Ocean Walk. From Milanesia Gate, you will walk through the forest to Milanesia Beach. After wandering along the beach, we will start climbing. The trail is dissected by gullies before the climb, which has a great view over Melanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalyptus dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. After this, the track will go on to another small climb, leading out of the forest to Ryans Den Campsite. Follow the coastal line from here and you will be led to Cape Volney. We head to our accommodation nearby for some relaxation. Late this afternoon our guests can enjoy an additional walk to Gables Lookout and a visit to Wreck Beach to discover the shipwreck anchors found there.
PRINCETOWN – TWELVE APOSTLES – HELICOPTER RIDE
WALK 8 km walk. 3 hours with breaks. Easy Grade 2Terrain
Very similar gradient to Day 1 through coastal bushland and the emergence of views from near halfway. Along this section of track, various surface treatments have been used to keep us on a firm footing. Otherwise, it is a firm compacted surface throughout as we approach the Twelve Apostles. Several sets of stone steps are encountered, and at Gibson’s Steps where we view the rock stacks Gog and Magog there are around 50 steps descending to the beach.
After a hearty breakfast, we head out for our last walking experience day’s walk from Princetown to the coast. This dramatically beautiful final section of the walk is a fitting finale to our 3-day walk. We start our walk across a boardwalk that crosses wetlands and a pretty creek that flows into a river. Our trail winds through coastal scrub greening the hills between the river and the ocean. We follow the cliff tops and from every rise, there are fabulous views. We head to Gibson’s steps where we descend to the beach to views the cliffs from below and visit the impressive limestone sea stacks of Gog and Magog. We continue on our final destination and admire the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles rising majestically from the Southern Ocean. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs over 10–20 million years. At the end of our walk, we join a helicopter for a spectacular flight over the Twelve Apostles and coastline, a great way to gain a perspective of the grandeur of this region. After lunch, we head back to Melbourne. The end of a wonderful journey.
FINISH TIME: Arrive back at the Grand Chancellor Melbourne at approximately 5.30pm
- Included With This Trip
Your 3-day walking holiday includes:
- Fully supported walk with no overnight packs to carry
- Helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles
- 2 nights at Alkina Lodge – architecturally designed accommodation with a touch of luxury
- 3 delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking
- Superb dinners cooked by the resident chef featuring local produce and served with Australian wine
- 2 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
- Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
- Professionally guided by local guides – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
- Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
- No Credit Card Fees
- Alkina Lodge
- Not Included In This Trip
- Pre / post tour accommodation
- Public transport to start of walk
- Any optional activities during free time
- Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature