Great Ocean Walk Adventure



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Great Ocean Walk Adventure

Guided walking tour

Experience Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk in Gunditjmara, Giraiwurung, and Gadubanud Country.

Join Big Heart Adventures for a 9 day Great Ocean Walk Adventure starting in Mount Gambier.

Skip flying into Melbourne for a tour along this coastal trail. Choose to self-drive, fly to, or join us in Mount Gambier. Or, if you are from Adelaide or you live en-route, we include comfortable private transport to Mount Gambier plus a hot beverage.

Starting in Mount Gambier we travel into Victoria and visit Budj Bim National Park. Here, our Gunditjmara guide will welcome you and take you on a 2 hour informative cultural walk through this world heritage site.

Then for the next 7 days you walk pack-free along the full length of the Great Ocean Walk. Guided along the way from the seaside town of Apollo Bay to the majestic Twelve Apostles. Each night your accommodation is a single room, there’s no need to share with anyone else.

This is an all-inclusive experience with comfortable private transport, tasty meals, great company and pre-departure training walks. Book with confidence, knowing a lot of research has gone into planning your itinerary. Allowing you time to connect with the trail and its highlights without rushing. So don’t worry about Melbourne flights, you can keep your feet on the ground and see this gorgeous coastline with us.


Day 1 | Mount Gambier / Budj Bim

Your Great Ocean Walk Adventure starts today in Mount Gambier.

Our meeting spot this afternoon will be at the Mount Gambier Visitor Information Centre. Here we provide a quick briefing before we travel to Budj Bim National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.

At Budj Bim we walk bush trails and boardwalks to significant sites including remains of ancient Aboriginal stone houses and fish traps. You will learn about the Gunditjmara creation story, and culturally significant flora & fauna. Today is about connecting with this country before starting your hike.

Your accommodation tonight is a comfortable motel in Port Fairy. This evening we’ll enjoy a restaurant 2 course dinner, relax, and discuss the next days walk.

If you want to travel with us to Mount Gambier, we will be leaving Adelaide at 7:00am in the morning. Our vehicle is a comfortable bus. We will journey through Keith, Naracoorte and the Coonawarra wine region. You are welcome to purchase a fine cab sav or shiraz as we pass through. We also provide a hot beverage in Tailem Bend.

Meals Included: – Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 2km

Day 2 | Great Ocean Walk - Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach

After breakfast we drive to Apollo Bay along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Apollo Bay is a pretty seaside town and the starting point of the Great Ocean Walk. You will be staying in an ocean view cabin at Apollo Bay for the next 3 nights.

We enjoy a fresh and healthy lunch, then prepare for our walk. Your walk today meanders along coastline from the Apollo Bay Visitor Centre trailhead towards Shelly Beach. Its not long before you pass Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary, home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals. Then it’s a comfortable afternoons walk with fine views as you enter the Great Otway National Park.

Upon reaching Shelly Beach, you will be transported comfortably back to Apollo Bay. Where tonight, you can relax and enjoy a sumptuous 2 course dinner. A wonderful introduction to your first day along the Great Ocean Walk.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 9km

Day 3 | Great Ocean Walk - Shelly Beach to Point Franklin

Creeks, beach and forest trails with towering eucalypts await.

Your morning trail section follows easy walking inland tracks. These tracks are sheltered by large Mountain Ash canopy and provide comfortable walking to beautiful Blanket Bay. Once arriving at this pretty little bay, we enjoy lunch on a clearing overlooking the picturesque beach.

After lunch we continue to Point Franklin. The trail runs parallel to the coast for this section. Negotiating the Parker River crossing we ascend stone steps and reach our days finishing point.

Our vehicle will be waiting to return you back to your accommodation in Apollo Bay this evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 21km

Day 4 | Great Ocean Walk - Point Franklin to Aire River

Shipwreck spotting and soaking up the views and maritime history is on the cards today.

We re-join the Great Ocean Walk trail at Point Franklin. Then continue west along the cliff line with Cape Otway Light Station in the distance. Passing Crayfish Bay we arrive at the lighthouse for morning tea. Here we have time to wander and explore. Plus if in luck the café may be open for a treat.

Walking from Cape Otway we come across a small pioneer cemetery. The final resting place for deceased lightkeeper families and shipwrecked sailors.

There is an opportunity for you to walk along Station Beach to spring-fed Rainbow Falls this afternoon, if the tides and weather permit.

The end point today is the peaceful Aire River.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 14km

Day 5 | Great Ocean Walk - Aire River to Milanesia Track

It’s all about amazing coastal views today.

Returning to Air River we continue west along cliff lines. Then we wind our way up to Castle Cove Lookout. You are rewarded with spectacular vistas peeping out from the forested trail along this section.

Down to the powerful surf we follow Johanna Beach for 2 kilometres. Including a crossing of Johanna River as it flows out to sea. Then we head inland off the beach and uphill for more amazing views.

Finishing todays Great Ocean Walk section with an incline to the Milanesia Track. Then we return to our new villa accommodation at Port Campbell for a hearty 2 course feed and relaxation time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 19km

Day 6 | Great Ocean Walk - Milanesia Track to The Gable

A big day of walking and plenty of challenge for you today.

Todays section of trail is regarded as the most difficult but also the most rewarding. The start of the Great Ocean Walk trail today is a decline on unsealed road but soon enters a wildlife reserve. Here the gradient increases as we approach Milanesia Beach. This remote beach may be a challenge to get to, but this is what makes it so special and isolated.

Then the trail undulates and winds it’s way to Ryans Den, Moonlight Head and to The Gable. All three lookouts provide you with amazing views. Expect steep descents into valleys and some steep climbs today. Including wet gully forests and varying landscapes. Also, keep an eye out for Southern Right Whales which may still be making their way south.

Finishing 130m above sea level at The Gable. Take a breathe and sit back as we drive to our accommodation in Port Campbell.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 19km

Day 7 | Great Ocean Walk - The Gable to Gellibrand River

After a challenging hike on the most difficult section the previous day, your legs might be getting tired. Therefore, today’s walking distance is shorter.

This shorter distance also allows you the best opportunity to follow Wreck Beach if the tides are low. Wreck Beach is the final resting place of the Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji. Two shipwrecks from the late 1800’s who’s ghostly anchors are reachable at low tide. There are 382 steps down to Wreck Beach but it is well worth the visit.

You will experience dense coastal vegetation and sandy trails today. A great chance for wildlife and bird-life spotting. Especially by the river mouth at Princetown.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 12km

Day 8 | Great Ocean Walk - Gellibrand River to Twelve Apostles / Loch Ard Gorge

Our final day on the Great Ocean Walk. Plus a leisurely sunset visit for you to spectacular Loch Ard Gorge.

Today, we reach the end of the trail from the peaceful Gellibrand River.

Along the way, we capture first glimpses of the famed Twelve Apostles as we approach the Port Campbell National Park. With plenty of lookout locations there is plenty of time allocated for you to admire the views.

Finishing with enough energy to marvel and enjoy the spectacle that this land form is famous for is what our itinerary is about. Upon reaching the end of the trail, it’s packs down and sandals on, as we explore at a leisurely pace.

Not rushed, we then make our way to the nearby Loch Ard Gorge. An equally spectacular coastal wilderness with towering vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and maritime history. Being here with the sun setting is awesome.

Completing the full trail over 7 continuous days is a fabulous achievement and one to celebrate this evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 9km

Day 9 | Mount Gambier / Adelaide

Today we make our way back to Mount Gambier via Warrnambool and Port Fairy. You arrive back in Mount Gambier at midday. Where we say our goodbyes.

If you are travelling to Adelaide, we provide a stop for lunch en-route.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Walking Distance: n/a

Need To Know


  • All meals and snacks as per the itinerary
  • 2 course dinners
  • B x 8 | L x 7 | D x 8
  • 1 night Port Fairy (twin share)
  • 3 nights Apollo Bay (single bedroom)
  • 4 nights Port Campbell (single bedroom)

Single bedrooms with shared bathrooms, except on the first night in Port Fairy which is twin share

  • Professionally guided Great Ocean Walk
  • Cultural experience with Gunditjmara guide
  • Each trip has up to 3 Guides/Leaders
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • Leaders certified in Remote Area/Wilderness First Aid
  • Qualified Bushwalking Leaders
  • Small group guided experience
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Invitations to connect with nature
  • Reduce waste through recycling, reusing and composting
  • National Park entry fees
Big Heart Extras
  • Big Heart Adventures designed ioMerino hiking top
  • Big Heart Adventures designed head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • 5 guided pre-departure training walks and or program (trip specific)
  • Discounts for pre-departure purchases at Exurbia
  • A charity contribution to our Give Back program


  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Packing List

A detailed packing list is provided prior to travel

  • Gear you will need:
  • Rainproof jacket and pants
  • Daypack (35 litre approx.)
  • Water bottles/hydration kit (min 2Ltrs)
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for walking that is quick drying and breathable – consider merino/synthetic clothing
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent
  • Sleeping attire


There are stairs, uneven surfaces and moving luggage to and from accommodation, plus walking bush trails on this trip. Please talk to us about your accessibility needs before booking


  • Type: Challenge Trek Guided
  • Adventure: Great Ocean Walk Adventure
  • Destination: South West, Victoria
  • Traditional Country: Gunditjmara, Giraiwurung, and Gadubanud
  • Group Size: Max 12 plus leaders

Fitness Requirement

  • A good level of fitness is required to walk the trails on this trip
  • You will be walking pack free (day packs only)
  • You will walk on a variety of surfaces including undulating trails, rocky paths and soft sand
  • Our longest walking day is 21km on hilly trails and we walk 7 consecutive days on this adventure
  • Shorter distances will be offered where possible
  • Trip rating: Moderate

Important Information

  • *Eligible Past Traveller Discount applies if you’ve travelled with us on any of our guided tours which were 5 days duration or longer
  • Read terms and conditions before booking
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended. Get a quote from Covermore or Go Insurance
  • Note weather, group member welfare and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to our itinerary are necessary once on tour
  • A limited number of single rooms for night 1 are available on a first-come basis
  • Please contact us before booking any flights. Depending on flight arrival and departure times extra nights accommodation may be required at own expense
  • A minimum number of travellers are required for this trip to depart so ask someone to join you. If minimum numbers aren’t reached, we may decide to still go or we will provide a full refund
  • Training walks start 8 weeks prior to departure. We recommend you attend these walks to maximise your enjoyment and for the groups welfare when away
  • If this trip departs during Fire Ban Season – last minute changes to our itinerary or walking days may be required for safety reasons
  • Accommodation is single rooms with shared bathrooms (night 1 is twin share)
  • Private transport to and from Apollo Bay is included from Adelaide, with multiple pick up points available in transit between Adelaide and Mount Gambier
  • Private vehicle transport on tour plus daily transfers is included
  • If you have additional needs please connect with us, we’re committed to being inclusive and accessible

Adventure Leaders

Our team is qualified, experienced and super friendly. We will ensure you have a fun and connecting adventure. Leaders are certified in Remote or Wilderness First-Aid. All leaders carry a group first-aid kit, emergency communications device, emergency documentation and equipment.


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