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Introductory to Moderate

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Activities
  • 4 days walking
Accommodation
  • 3 nights eco lodge
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$2295AUD

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Trip Code: GOW

Twelve Apostles Trip highlights


  • Twelve Apostles Walk is a trip of the Great Walks of Australia
  • Trek through Eucalypt forests with native rosemary, cushion plants and wild flowers in season
  • View the mighty limestone Apostles from the Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas
  • Spend your evenings at the 12 Apostles Walking Lodge, a stunning eco-lodge with Chef prepared meals
  • Finish the trip with a stunning ten minute 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for unparalleled views of this amazing coast

Don't have time for a long trip away? This fully guided four day walking adventure takes in the rugged beauty of the world famous Twelve Apostles, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of life and fully rejuvinate your senses in just four short days. Departing from Melbourne, this trip offers different options for more or less walking each day to satify your desire for moderate or challenging walking. Destinations include Johanna Beach, Moonlight Head, The Gables, Wreck Beach and of course the stunning Twelve Apostles. Over four amazing days, you will sample the most picturesque stages of the trail, walking past dramatic coastal terrain. Chef prepared meals, transfers from Melbourne, a stunning eco-lodge and great gear are all provided. Your guide carries the safety gear and whether it's face towels, walking poles or Gatorade, everything will be on hand to make sure you make it through every last kilometre.

Activities:

Itinerary

The group departs the Travelodge Southbank in Melbourne at 7:45am. Our guide will introduce you to the other walkers before departing for a direct three hour transfer to Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge at Johanna on the Great Ocean Road. On arrival at Twelve Apostles walking lodge, we'll enjoy morning tea. There will be a walk briefing from your guide, a gear fit out and check and an opportunity to change for those not already in their walking gear. You'll pack your scrumptious hiker lunch and then it’s a 10 minute transfer to Castle Cove to start your walk. Leaving the Great Ocean Road behind us, the afternoon begins amongst tea-tree with regular cliff top ocean vistas before entering an enchanting grass tree forest. Soon after, drop down onto Johanna Beach for two kilometres of soft sand walking with the ocean only metres from your feet. This is a great opportunity to take off your boots and walk barefoot, just don’t turn your back to the unpredictable waves! Cross Johanna River (may need to take your boots off) and make your way to the end of the beach. Walking time: approx 3 hours.

Meals:  L,D

Today is the most challenging day on the trail, but you will be rewarded with the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Walk. We take a winding path that leads from Melanesia Gate down through the forest to beautiful Melanesia Beach. After a gentle beach stroll, we turn upwards for a short, but steep climb that sets the tone for the trail ahead. The trail is dissected by gullies before a gradual climb, which delivers fabulous views back over Melanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalypts dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. The trail continues in a westerly direction until a steady climb leads us out of the forest and into Ryans Den campsite. You'll be rewarded with superb views of the coast to both Cape Volney and Cape Otway; an ideal place to reflect on your journey so far. The walk from here rises and falls many times as it parallels the coastline before cutting along the ridge behind Cape Volney, providing breathtaking views, this time to the west. A final seated look out provides a magnificent vantage point, only 100 metres from today’s endpoint. Walking time: approx 6.5 hours.

Meals:  B,L,D

It’s a 30 minute transfer back to Moonlight Head this morning. The first four and half kilometres (one hour) of walking provides a contrast from the coast. We meander through the quiet forest on a beautifully graded track before opening onto The Gables lookout: one of the highest cliff top lookouts on Australia’s mainland. Tide dependent, you will drop onto Wreck Beach - wilder days will give an insight into the cauldron-like ocean at this part of the coast. A high tide option will follow a country lane to the same lunch vantage point. Stunning coastal views to the west this afternoon provide the incentive to keep moving forward. The topography and geology change to the pale limestone and scrubby flora more recognisable as coastal. This afternoon is flat, gentle walking that finishes on the banks of the Gellibrand River at the sleepy hamlet of Princetown. Transfer back to Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge for a well deserved dinner and a relaxing evening. Walking time: approx 6.5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy your final morning at Twelve Apostles walking lodge. After another scrumptious breakfast, there’s a final pack up, check out and lodge farewell as we again head west to Princetown. If self driving, we’ll help you relocate your car to the 12 Apostles car park before returning to Princetown to complete your last walk to these fabulous natural wonders. The Apostles emerge slowly as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. There is a viewing lookout exclusively for walkers before the final stretch of trail into the 12 Apostles Visitors Centre. You’ve made it! Now take to the skies with a stunning ten minute 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of this amazing coast. We’ll then move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch before returning to Melbourne, where we can drop you off at the airport or in central Melbourne. Tullamarine drop off time: 5:30pm for flights from 6:30pm. Melbourne CBD (Travelodge Southbank) drop off is by 6pm. Walking time: approx 3 hours.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of house wines with dinner
  • 3 nights eco-lodge accommodation, with linen and towels
  • Professional walking guide, driver and support staff
  • Use during the trip of a day pack, water bottle, gaiters, poles, and waterproof jacket if necessary
  • All entrance and national park fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Return transfers Melbourne/Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge/Melbourne
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Melbourne prior and post trip
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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The Great Ocean Walk is an Introductory to Moderate graded walk. It involves walking with a light day pack through undulating country for up to 7 hours a day at a moderate to steady pace. To enjoy this tour you will need a reasonable level of fitness. We suggest that at least 6 – 8 weeks prior to the walk, you begin walking for at least one hour each day at a reasonable pace. Speed is not the essence to bushwalking, rather stamina and confidence in your own abilities. Continuously walking at a steady pace is better than racing ahead and running out of steam before the end. We would strongly suggest that some hill walking be included in your preparation. To prepare, take every opportunity to walk instead of driving the car, and take the stairs where possible or walk up hills to build leg strength and fitness. Some may benefit from using walking poles to conserve energy along the way (these will be provided for your use).


Departure dates

Departs Tuesdays between September and May

Notes

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High Season

Total Priceper person from

$2295AUD

Options & Supplements*
    *Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Twelve Apostles Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.