Forget the Great Ocean Drive – the Great Ocean Walk is the only way to really see this iconic stretch of coastline. I know walking 104 kilometres isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got the stamina, this is one walk that is well worth the effort. Stretching from the beautiful town of Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead near the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk traverses some of the most famous and spectacular coastline in Australia and passes through areas of historical and cultural significance.
The track winds through the magnificent Otway National Park famous for its abundant wildlife, notably a healthy colony of koalas, and its impressive sections of majestic tall gums. There are several camp sites along the way set up by the Victorian government, most featuring basic amenities but the pristine surroundings and the local populations of wallabies, echidnas and koalas make the lack of creature comforts worth the sacrifice. But if giving up a good night’s sleep on a proper mattress isn’t your idea of a holiday, then fear not, there is a good range of Great Ocean Walk accommodation along the way ranging from eco lodges and bed and breakfasts to motels and resorts. Licensed tour operators can be booked to shuttle you in and out from the track to your accommodation.
The walk is estimated to take around 8 days, walking around 10 to 15 kilometres a day, which allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. During busy times it is recommended that accommodation be booked in advance but during the off peak season, you can have the luxury of spontaneity, choosing to stop for the night when you’ve had enough.
Many sections of the track are suitable for beginners and even children and you can choose to do only one or two sections, or complete the whole 104 kilometres depending on your circumstances and fitness level. The beauty of the Great Ocean Walk versus the Great Ocean Drive is that some parts of the track take you along areas of the coastline that can’t be seen from the road and along deserted beaches only passable at low tide.
Start your Great Ocean Walk adventure refreshed after a stay at the Comfort Inn the International four star hotel. Our Apollo Bay accommodation features a swimming pool, licensed restaurant, BBQ area and free Wi-Fi. There is a range of spacious room types including spa suites and family suites.