How long does the Great Ocean Walk take?

How long does the Great Ocean Walk take?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 05/31/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

The Great Ocean Walk is easily one of Australia’s most impressive walking routes, a sprawling 100km trek along Victoria’s stunning coastline.

Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

Shadowing the route of the Great Ocean Road, the journey takes you through lush rainforests, along windswept beaches and across the region’s fascinating maritime history.

The full Great Ocean Walk takes eight days, allowing you to experience everything from the surreal Port Campbell National Park to the stunning Wreck Beach and the picturesque Cape Otway Lighthouse.

Let’s look into these memorable stops along this incredible coastal walk!

  • Experience the wonder of the Port Campbell National Park

    The Port Campbell National Park is one of Australia’s natural masterpieces, a stretch of incredible coastline dotted with unique rock formations and gorgeous inlets. The park is, without a doubt, one of the absolute highlights of the Great Ocean Walk, as hikers get to experience some of the most remarkable natural formations in Australia.

    From the awe-inspiring Loch Ard Gorge, a stunning gorge leading down to an inlet of gorgeous blue water, to the world famous Twelve Apostles, those giant limestone rocks ascending from the sea, the Port Campbell National Park is a spectacular piece of coastal scenery that cannot be missed on the walk.

  • Go koala spotting

    The area surrounding the Great Ocean Road is renowned for its abundant koala population. For trekkers who enjoy an early start to their walking day, there is plenty of opportunities to spot these furry little creatures lazing about and chewing some eucalyptus up a tree.

    What’s more, the walk is also dotted with kangaroo populations and stunning birdlife, making it one of the quintessential Australian walks to complete!

  • Check out the Cape Otway Lightstation

    The Cape Otway Lightstation is the perfect place to learn about the region’s captivating maritime history. The lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia, and considered by many to be the most important. It makes for the perfect backdrop to learning about the tumultuous attempts seafarers had reaching Victorian shores over 100 years ago, and tourists can climb the 78 steps to the top of the lighthouse, where sweeping views of the surrounding coastline await.

  • It’s a spectacular walk

    You are in for an incredibly rewarding experience if you take the time to experience the whole eight day Great Ocean Walk. Stunning scenery, unique wildlife and history in abundance awaits you on your unforgettable adventure.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.