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The Great Ocean Walk

Listed under Walking in Victoria, Australia.

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On lots of people’s to do list is the Great Ocean Walk along Victoria’s spectacular and dramatic west coast. Prepare for all kinds of coastal scenery from beaches to forest gullies and bare rocky cliffs and good access to Victoria’s bird life and wildlife.

Starting at Apollo Bay, with its stunning beach, some of the other highlights, in order of position on the track not of importance, are Blanket Bay on the section passing through the Otway National Park, the towering cliffs of Castle Cove - also of archaeological interest - Joanna Beach, one of Victoria’s best surfing beaches and Wreck Beach, littered with the wrecks of two 19th century tea clippers.

If you know anything about Victoria you will note the omission in the above of the truly spectacular Twelve Apostles, probably the main reason for starting this walk, and at the tail end of the 100kms by Glenample Homestead.

The Walk has been designed so that you can come in or out at a lot of different places and stages (it passes through towns etc.) so choose your length. Running roughly by the Great ocean Road it’s easy to get into the more remote sections as well. There are seven campsites along the route, all with basic facilities, evenly spaced for a complete trip.

Parks Victoria Information on the Great Ocean Walk.

Written by  Toby Hallston.

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This walk is best done in Spring or summer when the weather is more likely to be on your side. You might be lucky and get fine weather in winter and if you do you will most probably have the walk to yourself. Sunny winter days are just magical.However, it may very well be raining cats and dogs.

You can camp on the walk if you like or choose accommodation off track. There is plenty of choices. The best site for this is The Great Ocean Walk.

The walk in total is 104 kilometres in length and can easily be completed in about 7 or 8 days. The on track sites are very basic. Toilets and fresh water with a small, basic shelter.You will have to carry everything with you. If you choose to stay off track you can utilise some local shuttle services. This makes for easy walking.

Whichever way you go this is a great walk. Watch out for snakes in the hot weather. They will usually hear you coming and get out of the way.

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