Hike the iconic coastline of Victoria's Great Ocean Road on the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, one of the Great Walks of Australia
One of the Great Walks of Australia, the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk covers 46 kilometres of stunning Victorian coastline taking in pristine beaches, weathered heathland and towering Eucalypt forest. Gourmet dining, local guides, track transfers and wine with dinner are included on this fully-hosted small group experience. Each afternoon, return from your day's hike to comfortable private lodge accommodation, and enjoy a rewarding foot spa and hot shower before dinner. Your guides and lodge hosts take care of everything, allowing you to truly switch off and enjoy the experience. Your four day walk concludes with a scenic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles, a special and fitting end to this Great Walk.
Pricing is per person on a twin-share basis and includes:
- Four days of walking with professional local guides
- Three nights of lodge accommodation including linen and towels
- All meals (as outlined), non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of wines and beer
- Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight
- Use of a daypack, water-proof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
- All entrances and national park fees
- Daily vehicle transfers and support
- Return transfers between Melbourne and the walk base
Castle Cove to Johanna Beach (Approx 7km or 3 hours of walking)
Following a three-hour journey from Melbourne, your lodge hosts welcome you with morning tea before a pre-walk briefing. It's then time to lace up in the ‘mud room’ for the short drive to Castle Cove to begin your walk, with a trail lunch ready to enjoy. Today's walk begins among the tea trees with vistas out to the Southern Ocean, your constant neighbour for the next four days. Enter a grass tree forest and hear tales dating back more than 100 million years at Dinosaur Cove. Next, head to Johanna Beach and feel the sand beneath your feet as the waves crash just metres away. This two-kilometre stretch of beach has a knack for clearing busy minds and washing away city stresses. Go at your own pace and after crossing Johanna River you'll continue to the end of the beach, where a cool drink is waiting.
Included: L - D
Milanesia Track to Moonlight Head (Approx 14 km or 6.5 hours of walking)
Day two is the most challenging walk day on the track, but the wild seascapes make it all worthwhile. Beginning at Milanesia Track, you'll hike some of the most remote sections of the Great Ocean Walk, with weathered headlands creating the sense of being at the world’s edge. The ocean is your steadfast companion across 14 kilometres of rolling terrain today, beginning with a descent to a beach with a ‘natural rock wall’, and continuing on a undulating trail through deep gullies filled with ferns and towering Eucalpyt. Emerging from the gully, unsurpassed views of Cape Volney and Cape Otway await. As you approach the Capes, you'll witness the rise and fall of the coastline as the seas disappear into ocean caves.
Included: B - L - D
Moonlight Head to Princetown (Approx 17km or 6.5 hours of walking)
Today's walk is about shipwrecks, sandy paths, exposed heathland and maybe even your first glimpse of the Apostles. What better place to commence the walk and get your bearings than The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest clifftops. After the challenging gullies of day two, today is pleasantly less furrowed. More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline. Your first stop is aptly named Wreck Beach, suitably named for those early days of treacherous ocean voyages. If conditions allow, you’ll drop down to beach level to hear tales of pillaging and misfortune. After lunch, notice how the geology changes from sandstone to limestone, and the thick Eucalypt gives way to sections of moonscape. The Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park, near Princetown. After some 17 kilometres, reward yourself with a cooling river dip before returning to the lodge.
Included: B - L - D
Princetown to the Twelve Apostles (approx 8 km or 3 hours walking)
Departing from the quiet shores of Princetown by the Gellibrand River, you'll begin day four with an easy 30 minute wander to your first full view of the Apostles. There’s a sense of excitement today as you draw nearer to each of the mighty limestone Apostles and popular Loch Ard. No, you won't see 12; amongst the seven proudly standing lie five recently discovered apostles beneath the ocean’s surface. Weathered but not beaten, those in view lose a couple of centimetres each year to the dangerous swells and winds of the Southern Ocean. There’s a viewing platform exclusive to walkers on the final leg before arriving at the official end of your walk. Take the opportunity to descend 80-plus steps to the beach below to take in the full scale of the Apostles height. Next you'll enjoy a 15-minute helicopter flight, giving another vantage point to the scale of the Apostles and the trail you’ve completed. A final lunch is shared in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell before returning to Melbourne.
Included: B - L
1 September to 31 May
The four-day walk departs on Tuesdays. An alternative three-day long weekend itinerary departs on Saturdays.