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

    Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track closed

    Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track will be closed until 30 June 2020 due to a landslip undermining the road.

    Upper Kalimna track closed

    The Upper Kalimna Falls walking track is closed until further notice due to damage to the boardwalk and lookout. The Lower Kalimna Falls are still accessible from Sheoak Picnic Area via Kalimna Walking Track and from Garvey Track via Kalimna Link Track.

    Wye River Campground closed

    Wye River Road Camping Area is closed until further notice due to dangerous trees

    Road Closures within Great Otway National Park

    Newcombe Spur Track, Thompson Track and Hayden Road are currently closed due to a road slip on the adjoining Goats Track. Repair works are currently underway and these tracks should reopened by mid February 2020.

    Fires in the Great Otway National Park

    There are several fires in the Great Otway National Park. Access may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity. For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au

  • Jamieson Camping Area (Great Otway National Park)

    Jamieson Campground closed

    The Jamieson Campground, Jamieson Track and Godfrey Track, are closed until Easter 2020 to allow for site upgrades.  

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

    Herbert's Campground closed

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

  • Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

    Changed traffic conditions - Great Ocean Road near Twelve Apostles

    To reduce congestion and manage visitor safety around the Twelve Apostles, speed limit reductions, roadside barriers, dual-language message boards, traffic control and additional parking arrangements will be implemented between 21 December 2019 and 6 January 2020, and then on weekends throughout January.

    Visitors to the Twelve Apostles are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early, with increased traffic expected around the popular destination.

    More information

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Tree risk reduction works

    Please be aware that tree risk reduction works will be happening at Lake Elizabeth campgrounds and day visitor area from Monday 20th of January until Friday 25th of January. There will be minor disruptions in the area during this time.

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