Great Ocean Walk

Location: Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia

Please note: There is a maximum of 3 persons per site. Please change the number of adults to no-more than ‘3’ and select the number of sites you require from the drop down menu before clicking ‘Book Now’.

The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long distance walk undertaken east to west from Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre through the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks to finish at the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.

The Great Ocean Walk is located on the edge of the Southern Ocean and is truly in the hands of nature and all of its weather extremes. Choose from hike itineraries of two, three or four days or take the whole walk, hiking up to eight days covering approximately 100km.

For important information on the Great Ocean Walk including road closures and current conditions, visit the park page.

Click here to view the park page

If you are a school group, it is a requirement that you complete the School Trip Intention Form at the time of your booking. Click here to view the School trip intention form

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The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long-distance walk extending from the Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre through the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks to finish at the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views. The Great Ocean Walk is located on the edge of the Southern Ocean and is truly in the hands of nature and all of its weather extremes.

The Great Ocean Walk is one-way moving in an east-west direction- always towards the Twelve Apostles.
GROUP PLANNING: It is not possible to book Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsites for more than 18 people.

Three options for camping include,

1. Individual camping for Great Ocean Walk purpose-built Hike-in campsites: 12 people in up to 4 (3 person tent) sites;
2. Small-Group camping areas, Great Ocean Walk Hike-in purpose-built (max 18 people) Small-group-areas are NOT available at Johanna, Ryans Den and Devils Kitchen hike-in campgrounds. The small group-area sites are larger and more open and accommodate eight (6) x 2-3 person tents. The physical impacts of group-camping is a challenge to maintaining attractive camping areas and positive walk experiences. Hike-in campsites are not available for exclusive booking of both individual and small-group areas; and
3. Off-walk, but nearby.

TIP: Car-based park camping is CLOSE BY at Blanket Bay and Aire River. Bush camping is not permitted in the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks. If you are interested in booking a large group size exceeding 18 please call the Parks Victoria Information Centre for advice and recommendations. Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Please note: Toilets at Blanket Bay and Aire River Great Ocean Walk campsites are nearby at in the national park car-based camping areas.

CAUTION: It is your responsibility to be absolutely sure of tide and wave swell conditions. Beach and coastal walking should ONLY be attempted during low-tide and calm-sea conditions. River crossings and rock platforms often become impassable at high-tide or with large wave-swells. You may need to wait or turn back.

Cancellation Policy

Groups larger than 18 people CANNOT camp on the Great Ocean Walk and will have difficulty securing camping in the area during the peak walker seasons (October-April).

Bookings terms and conditions – Great Ocean Walk Prices are in $AUD and include GST. Sites can be booked up to 12 months in advance of date of arrival. All bookings and payments are non-transferable.

Refund Policy
In the event of a cancellation by the applicant the following cancellation fees apply:
30 days prior 50% cancellation fee. Less than 30 days prior 100% cancellation fee. No Transfers.

Full refunds will be payable if a campsite is officially closed by Parks Victoria as a result of an emergency or other exceptional circumstances.
•In all such cases refunds must be sought within 30 days of the first camp night booked.
•A copy of the receipt must be attached to the application.
•Refunds will not be available in cash.

TIP: Groups of more than 18 people have access to a range of alternative accommodation and camping providers along the walk in the Apollo Bay Cape Otway and Princetown areas.

• To ensure hiker safety it is important that you inform Parks Victoria if you do not complete any section of your intended hike. If for any reason you do not complete your hike please contact the Information Centre as soon as possible (tel. 13 1963).

If you require any further information you can contact the Information Centre on tel. 13 1963 or email gowregistration@parks.vic.gov.au

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Great Ocean Walk

Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia, Melbourne 3000

 
 

Directions

The Great Ocean Walk is located in Victoria, Australia, 200km west of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Walk (GOW) is located between the Great Ocean Road and the sea. Its starting point in Apollo Bay is three hours drive from Melbourne, via Geelong along the coast or Colac over the Otway ranges.

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Blanket Bay Hike-in - Group Area Campsites

***Please note: Booking this option means you are booking an individual campsite in the Group Area.


The group area is a large open area, within the Blanket Bay hike-in campsite, catering for groups of up to 18 persons with enough room for 6 x 2-3 person tents.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.

Untreated rainwater and toilets available adjacent to the car based campground.


Distance from Elliot Ridge campsite to Blanket Bay campsite - 12km
Approx time - 4hr 30min
Grade - Easy

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Blanket Bay Hike-in Campsites

Blanket Bay hike-in campsite is set amongst coastal woodlands, facing East across a sheltered bay, with a waterfall adjacent to the campsite. The dedicated hike-in campsite is approximately 50 metres from the car based campground.


Facilities - One untreated rainwater tank, three sided shelter with camp table and seating. Toilets and untreated rainwater available in near by car based campground.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Elliot Ridge campsite to Blanket Bay campsite - 12km
Approx time - 4hr 30min
Grade - Easy

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Johanna Beach Hike-in Campsites

Johanna Beach hike-in campsite is set amongst Casuarinas and located on a ridge offering spectacular coastal views on one side and rural farm land on the other.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, composting toilet, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Aire River campsite to Johanna Beach campsite - 13.8km
Approx time - 5hr 15min
Grade - Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Devils Kitchen Hike-in Campsites

Devils Kitchen hike-in campsite is a remote site set amongst coastal woodland with great coastal views. Hiker feedback is that the view from the toilet is magnificent.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, one composting toilet (with a view), three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Ryans Den campsite to Devils Kitchen - 12.8km
Approx time - 5hr 15min
Grade - Medium/Hard


Distance from Devils Kitchen campsite to Gibson Steps - 14.8km
Approx time - 4hr 45min
Grade - Easy/Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Aire River Hike-in Campsites

Aire River hike-in campsite is a sheltered site under a canopy of Beard Heath, set above the Aire River.


Facilities - One untreated rainwater tank, three sided shelter with camp table and seating. Toilets are available in near by car based campground.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Cape Otway campsite to Aire River campsite - 9.6km
Approx time - 3hr 15min
Grade - Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Elliot Ridge Hike-in - Group Area Campsites

***Please note: Booking this option means you are booking an individual campsite in the Group Area.


This area is separate to the regular campground and you will not have exclusive use.



The group area is a large open area, within the Elliot Ridge hike-in campsite, catering for up to 6 x 2-3 person tents, with a maximum of 18 people.



Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, two composting toilets, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.



Distance from Apollo Bay Visitor Centre to Elliot Ridge campsite - 9.8km

Approx time - 3hr 30min

Grade - Medium.

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Cape Otway Hike-in - Group Area Campsites

***Please note: Booking this option means you are booking an individual campsite in the Group Area.


The group area is a large open area, within the Cape Otway hike-in campsite, catering for groups of up to 18 persons with enough room for 6 x 2-3 person tents.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, two composting toilets, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


Distance from Blanket Bay campsite to Cape Otway campsite - 10.5km
Approx time - 3hr 45min
Grade - Easy/Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Elliot Ridge Hike-in Campsites

Elliot Ridge hike-in campsite is located on a sheltered ridge top, nestled amongst a tall eucalypt forest. Inhabited by koalas and nocturnal Yellow-bellied Gliders.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, two composting toilets, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Apollo Bay Visitor Centre to Elliot Ridge campsite - 9.8km
Approx time - 3hr 30min
Grade - Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Cape Otway Hike-in Campsites

Cape Otway hike-in campsite is located 600 metres from the Cape Otway Lighthouse precinct. This site is set amongst coastal woodlands with the Manna Gums attracting regular visits from the local koala population.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, two composting toilets, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Blanket Bay campsite to Cape Otway campsite - 10.5km
Approx time - 3hr 45min
Grade - Easy/Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Aire River Hike-in - Group Area Campsites

***Please note: Booking this option means you are booking an individual campsite in the Group Area.


The group area is a large open area, within the Aire River hike-in campsite, catering for groups of up to 18 persons with enough room for 6 x 2-3 person tents.


Facilities - untreated rainwater tank, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


Distance from Cape Otway campsite to Aire River campsite - 9.6km
Approx time - 3hr 15min
Grade - Medium

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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Ryans Den Hike-in Campsites

Ryans Den hike-in campsite is a remote site set amongst tall eucalypts, with spectacular ocean views, both to Cape Otway in the East and Sub Marine Rock to the West.


Facilities - Two untreated rainwater tanks, one composting toilet, three sided shelter with camp table and seating.


8 individual hike-in campsites with a limit of 3 people per site.


Distance from Johanna Beach campsite to Ryans Den campsite - 13.8km
Approx time - 5hr
Grade - Medium/Hard

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 3

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