The Great Ocean Walk in Australia takes your through the primitive and pristine beauty of Great Otway National Park. On this self-guided walking adventure, you’ll experience a variety of landscapes from high, coastal ledges to secluded, sandy beaches. Hike through primeval manna gum forests where koalas linger high in the canopy and stop to watch kangaroos graze in wide grassland. Along the way you’ll stay in comfort at homestead-style lodgings in seaside towns. Starting from the charming village of Apollo Bay, you’ll journey to the famed Twelve Apostles sea stacks through some of the most remote and remarkable terrain you’re ever likely to traverse. Lace up your boots and get ready to explore nearly 60 miles of Australia’s untouched coastal wilderness.
Aire Valley Guest House
With spectacular views of the Aire River Wildlife Reserve, the self-sufficient Aire Valley Guest House is nestled in the hills near Great Otway National Park. The homestead upon which it sits dates to the 1890s and even today the house exudes Old World charm. Each non-air-conditioned room boasts a lovely French door that opens to a wide veranda, where you may start each day with breakfast. The centerpiece of the guest house is its kitchen, which has earned national recognition for its “paddock to plate” approach to cuisine. You enjoy a two-course meal here nightly, with produce freshly picked from the gardens. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Southern Anchorage Retreat
Nestled amidst tranquil bushland, the Southern Anchorage Retreat puts the stunning beauty of coastal Victoria right outside your door. Andrew and Maria Devlin are your gracious hosts and they show you to one of their five charming cottages or guest rooms on the grounds, occasionally visited by kangaroos, kookaburras, and native parrots. Intimate and rustic, each conveys the outdoor spirit of the bush with amenities, such as air conditioning and in-lobby WiFi, that ensure a relaxing stay. Enjoy a two-course home-cooked dinner in the privacy of your cottage, and you can prepare your breakfast in the full kitchen with fresh eggs from the property.
Apollo Bay Guest House
Ideally located for easy exploration of Apollo Bay, the Apollo Bay Guest House is situated where the Barham River spills into the Southern Ocean. During your stay, enjoy sweeping views of the coast and keep your eyes open for estuary birdlife. An inviting deck provides the perfect spot to relax and gaze out to sea with coffee or a drink. Vast, generous windows let in the morning light and each finely adorned room (with air conditioning and WiFi) is made to feel like home. This graciously appointed lodge is within walking distance of some of Apollo Bay’s 20 fine restaurants, whether you’re craving fresh seafood, pub fare or Italian. Apollo Bay’s Foreshore Reserve, a beachside haven of footpaths, is also nearby.
Great Ocean Ecolodge
Resting gently on the pristine grounds of the Conservation Ecology Center, the Great Ocean Ecolodge is embraced by bushland, lush eucalypt rainforests, remote beaches, and steep cliffs. Dedicated to the protection of ecological diversity through education and awareness, the lodge has earned the highest level of Ecotourism Certification. You live under the lodge’s sustainability model during your stay, without air conditioning. With only five bedrooms—each one appointed with WiFi, crisp linens, and timeless antiques—you are ensured an intimate and personal experience during which you can learn from the Conservation Ecology Center team about their projects. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Simple and comfortable, this relaxed motel is just 800 feet from the town center of Port Campbell, where an array of restaurants, cafés, and shops line an oceanside avenue. Well-appointed guest rooms include air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming beach is also a short walk away, as is the Port Campbell Discovery Walk. After a day of walking, a private veranda off of each room lets you drink in the ocean air and tranquil gardens add serenity to your stay; you just might feel as if you never left the Great Ocean Walk trails with the natural world right outside your door.
|18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Guided walking tour of Loch Ard Gorge, entrance to Cape Otway Lightstation, and depending on accommodation availability, guided dusk walk with conservationist|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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