Great Ocean Walk

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Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk shadows the route of the iconic Great Ocean Road. Those stunning coastal landscapes you see from your car window are even better enjoyed at walking pace. The walk extends just over 100km and takes eight days, but you can also sample the experience with a range of half-day walks.
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Starting at Apollo Bay and finishing at the world-famous Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The full hike is over 100 kilometres over eight days. Walkers stay at the seven hike-in campsites, which must be booked, or nearby.

What are you likely to see on this epic trek? All or some of the below:

  • Koalas sleeping or chewing meditatively in the eucalypt trees.
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse, where you can explore the stories of the Shipwreck Coast.
  • Wreck Beach and the rusting anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and Fiji shipwrecks.
  • Camp at the heritage-listed Aire River
  • Quiet beaches at Blanket Bay and Johanna Beach.
  • In winter you might spot Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration.

Bite-sized Great Ocean Walk experiences

If you don't wish to tackle the whole Great Ocean Walk, you can experience it in shorter snippets. Several half-day walks explore the tall forests of the 'tame side' or for the more experienced hiker, the remoter, steep and isolated coves of the 'wild side' in the sections closer to the Twelve Apostles. There are also short walks, day walks and overnight walks. Check out the Great Ocean Walk website for a selection of bite-sized experiences.

How to get there

Great Ocean Walk

Apollo Bay, the start of the Great Ocean Walk, is three hours' drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. If you have only one or no vehicles, there are shuttle service providers. If you have one vehicle we recommend that you park at the Twelve Apostles Carpark and get shuttled back to Apollo Bay to start your walk.

We currently recommend the following shuttles:

GOR Shuttle: 0428 379 278

Walk 91: 0439 893 950

Timboon Taxi: 0438 407 777

Christian's Bus Company (V/Line): (03) 5562 9432.

Alternatively, use public transport. The V/Line bus stops at the Twelve Apostles Carpark, Princetown and Apollo Bay.

Need to know

Great Ocean Walk

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Great Otway National Park

    Beach between Red Rocks and Anglesea Family Caravan Park closed until further notice

    The beach between Red Rocks, off Hurst Rd, and the Anglesea Family Caravan Park is closed  until further notice for public safety. There has been recent landslip activity at the area known as Demon's Bluff and monitoring of the site has identified an increase risk for further landslips. 

  • Beauchamp Falls Reserve

    Beauchamp Falls Reserve Closure

    Beauchamp Falls campground, road and waterfall are closed to visitors until further notice due to upgrade works. 

  • Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Herbert's Campground closed

    Herbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

  • Castle Rock Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Castle Rock Lookout Limited Access

    Castle Rock lookout is only accessible via the walking tracks from Sheoak Picnic Ground and Sheoak Falls. Due to planned burning operations Garvey Track and the Cumberland Garvey Link Track are closed until further notice. 


  • Gibson Steps (Port Campbell National Park)

    Gibsons Steps beach access reopened

    The Gibsons Steps beach access has been reopened after the the completion of a rock hazard works project. A geotechnical report commissioned by Parks Victoria confirms that the access can be reopened to allow safe beach access for  park visitors.

  • Newfield Bay Walk (Port Campbell National Park)

    Blue Green Algae Alert for Curdies Inlet - Peterborough

    The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) are investigating a blue-green algae bloom at Curdies River Estuary at Peterborough.
    Blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and animals, so we urge people and pets to avoid direct contact with affected water until notice. This includes swimming, fishing and boating activities.
    Do not eat any whole fish, shellfish or crustaceans from either water bodies. Fish caught from affected water should have its gills and guts removed prior to cooking.
    Anyone who comes into contact with affected water should immediately wash in fresh water and seek medical advice if they experience any illness.
    Signage is being installed at both locations to advise visitors of the algal bloom. We will continue monitoring both water bodies until the bloom disperses and advise when they are safe for use again.

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