The Mini Great Ocean Walk - Soulful Concepts
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Mini Great Ocean Trek

Need to know

  • Best time to travel: August to May
  • Tour duration: 4 days
  • Group size: 8-20 pax
  • Challenge grade: ⅖ 35km
  • Accommodation: Twin share at Bimbi Park
  • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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    Trip at a glance

    Over four days experience the highlights of the Great Ocean Walk. Explore hidden beaches, coves, and spectacular cliff top vistas, as you hike 35 km of this incredible coastal trail. 

     

    This stretch of coast is home to some of Australia's most iconic scenery, including the world famous Twelve Apostles and is known for its abundance of wildlife. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for koalas, kangaroos and fur seals, as you meander through the enchanting trails well away from the crowds.

     

    This is a nature lover's hike and a well balanced challenge for most fitness levels.



    Give back

    We know travel is better when you can give back as much as you get. That’s why we have designed our trips around contributing, supporting and participating in local projects and community initiatives that have a positive social and environmental impact.

     

    Each of our tours provide a unique way to get up close and personal with the destination and incorporate a fundraising target or donation  into the travel costs, which enables travellers to connect, give back and travel with purpose.

     

    If you are a charity, corporate or a private group interested in Trek Yuin Country, please get in touch with amanda@soulfulconcepts.com.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne
    Welcome to Melbourne! After landing make your way to your hotel of choice and check in. The rest of the day is free to relax or to explore the city’s art and coffee culture.

    Accommodation: Options will be provided to travellers at an additional cost. 



    Day 2: Parker River to Cape Otway Lightstation
    We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route at Anglesea for morning tea. We arrive in Apollo Bay around 11am and here we prepare for today’s walk. Today’s walk is a delightful 11 kilometre walk of moderately undulating terrain exploring the coastline of the Cape Otway area encompassing Parker River Inlet, Point Franklin and Crayfish Bay. Your guide will lead off and along the way explain some of the local history. This is a delightful section, truly spectacular with the chance to see Koalas lazily grazing in the eucalypt forest. We’ll finish today’s walk at the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation, one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Here we will wander to the top of the lighthouse. From the top of this highpoint you can see over a vast area and enjoy the most spectacular scenery where waves crash over reefs and where the notorious Bass Strait meets the great Southern Ocean. The lighthouse is manned by a trained guide, who will greet you at the top of the tower. Guides will recount stories of the Cape’s traditional owners, shipwrecks, the trials and tribulations of the colourful lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War II history, fascinating stories of the Telegraph Station, one of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mysteries, and much more. We then head back to our accommodation for some pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a delicious two-course dinner. 

    Accommodation: Bimbi Park

    Meals: L,D

    Walking distance: 11 km (approx. 5 hours walking) Grade - easy



    Day 3: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head
    After breakfast we head off on the days’ walk. From Milanesia Gate we descend to a beautiful and remote beach. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. Look for the “beachcomber’s cottage” when you reach the beach. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volney. This is our lunch spot and it is one of the most scenic locations along the walk. There are toilets here also. From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head (named by Matthew Flinders during a break in showery weather at night in April 1802). After today’s walk, we head back to our accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a fabulous two-course dinner. 

    Accommodation: Bimbi Park 

    Meals: B,L,D

     Walking distance: 15 km (approx. 8 hours walking) Grade - moderate 



    Day 4: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps / Twelve Apostles
    After breakfast we head out for our last day of walking. Our walk today starts above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We’ll walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight. At Gibson’s Beach Car Park, we recommend tides allowing you to descend Gibson’s Steps to view Gog and Magog (not strictly counted as two of The Twelve Apostles) up close from sea level. The last kilometre of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view The Apostles up close. We’ll have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via Colac where we stop at a local café for a coffee/tea before arriving back in the city at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road at approximately 5pm. 

    Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation / Bimbi Park 

    Meals: B,L

     Walking distance: 8.5 km (2.5 - 3 hrs walking) Grade – easy to moderate



    • What's included:
    • Twin-share accommodation at Bimbi Park or Cape Otway Lightstation
    • Return transfers to and from Melbourne
    • Professional wilderness guides
    • All meals and snacks as listed on the itinerary, and all catering equipment , and all catering equipment.
    • Transportation for trekking days
    • All National Park fees
    • What's not included:
    • First night accommodation in Melbourne
    • Flights to and from Canberra
    • Single supplement
    • Travel insurance or ambulance cover
    • Items of personal nature
    • Vaccinations
    • Other services not listed in the inclusions column

    * Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip

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    Need to know

    • Best time to travel: August to May
    • Tour duration: 4 days
    • Group size: 8-20 pax
    • Challenge grade: ⅖ 35km
    • Accommodation: Twin share at Bimbi Park
    • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

    Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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