Great Ocean Walk

  An Iconic Walk Just for You!

The Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Road might head inland from Apollo Bay to Princetown, but now you don’t have to. The Great Ocean Walk hugs the rugged coastline, taking hikers to places never experienced before. The 104km trek traverses sandy beaches, thick forests and some of Australia’s tallest coastal cliffs. Walkers can choose from a variety of off-walk accommodation options and purpose built “hike-in” campsites. Visit the Great Ocean Walk website for accommodation details.  Whatever way you tackle the Great Ocean Walk, a few hours or a few days, it is an experience to remember. For tide times west of Moonlight Head check out the Willy Weather website.

 

 

The Gables/Wreck Beach

Short & Day Walks

Location: 38km east of Port Campbell. 

Access: Turn off the Great Ocean Road at the Moonlight Head sign 34km east of Port Campbell. Take the first right option 500m along road (signposted Wreck Beach)

Drive with caution the rough 4.5km gravel road shares access with the odd milk tanker and tractor.Park at Wreck beach or the Gables car Park. 

Walk Section Start Point Type Distance Grade
The Gables lookout The Gables car park Car Shuffle or One Way 800m (20mins) Easy
Wreck Beach The Gables car park Return 2.6km (1.75hrs) Hard
366 steps
Wreck Beach Wreck Beach car park Return 700m (30mins) Hard
366 steps
Walking along Wreck Beach is only advisable on low tides and in calm sea conditions
Add 800m extra return to Marie Gabrielle Anchor and 1.3km extra return to Fiji Anchor (turn right at base of steps)
Beach section of the Great Ocean Walk
Princetown to Glenample Hike

Princetown

Short & Day Walks

The Great Ocean Walk has been designed in such a way that hikers can “step on and step off” the walk mixing short, day and overnight options. Direct access to the western portion of the walk is available at the following locations. Transport and guided services afford groups day access into the more technical sections between Johanna Beach and Moonlight Head. Check out the 12Amorningxpress midweek during school term and sample the 7km section from Princetown to 12 Apostles without the need for a car shuffle

  • Princetown
    Location: 19km east of Port Campbell: 
    Access: Park in town, near the fishing platform on the Gellibrand River or at the Recreation Reserve.

Walk Section Start Point Type Distance Grade
Princetown to 12 Apostles Car Park Princetown township One way. Car shuttle Available. 7km (2.5hrs) Medium
Princetown to Gellibrand River Mouth (side trail off main walk) Princetown township Return 3.6km (1.25hrs) Easy
Upon exiting the wetland boardwalk turn left across the bridge for the River mouth (look for National Park sign indicating Princetown Beach) and turn right away from the bridge for Glenample Homestead.

12Amorning express

Get up early and reward yourself with an incredible 7km walk from Princetown to the 12 Apostles in the early morning light. Running from Monday - Friday during school term (excluding public holidays & excluding pupil free days), the FREE 12Amorning express will transport you from the 12 Apostles car park to Princetown to begin your adventure.

Meet the bus at the 12 Apostles car park at 7:30am, get off at Princetown and walk the 7km of the Great Ocean Walk back to your car.

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Leave the car & shuttle

Leave your car at the end of walk!

The completed section of the Geelong bypass delivers walk hungry commuters from Melbourne to the end of Great Ocean Walk in just over 3 hours. Enjoy a hassle free conclusion to your walk and take full advantage of the gourmet produce and spellbinding scenery by parking your car at journeys end! Parking and transfers for the walk are available through local opporators.

  • Timboon Taxi Service

    Timboon Taxi offers a wide range of transport options including Great Ocean Walk pick up and drop off service. Timboon Taxi Service also offer sight seeing tours of the Great Ocean Road, visiting the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell and other famous landmarks along the shipwreck coast.

    Discover more about the Timboon Taxi Service

  • Port Campbell Touring Company

    Port Campbell Touring Company offers a variety of Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk and other regional tours departing from Melbourne or Port Campbell.

    Discover more about Port Campbell Tour Company

  • 12Amorningxpress

    Get up early and reward yourself with an incredible 7km walk from Princetown to the 12 Apostles in the early morning light. Running from Monday - Friday during school term (excluding public holidays & excluding pupil free days), the FREE 12Amorning express will transport you from the 12 Apostles car park to Princetown to begin your adventure.

    Meet the bus at the 12 Apostles car park at 7:30am, get off at Princetown and walk the 7km of the Great Ocean Walk back to your car.