Day & Short Walk Itineraries

Walkers of almost any ability can step on and step off sections of the Great Ocean Walk. Shuttle services are available for pick up and drop off between your parked car or accommodation, and some key points of interest along the Great Ocean Road.

Day walks are up to 6 hours in length. Pre-arrange a car shuffle. All walks start from the main visitor areas and the distance and terrain make these longer walks more challenging.

Short walks are less than 2-3 hours in length, easy to hard in difficulty. Some are circuit/loop walks but most are one way. They are all accessible from established national park visitor carparks.

TIP: Walkers must move in an east-west direction. This maximises views and generally provides the best gradient to reduce impacts and congestion on the walk and its facilities.

Short Walks (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Lighthouse Cemetary and Lookout Walk

The gravel path leads walkers through beard heath to a lookout point with views across to the lighthouse, telegraph station and the ocean. Visit the historic cemetery which bears witness to the harsh isolation of early lightstation life. Fee applies for Cape Otway Lightstation entry.

Start: Cape Otway Lightstation car park

End: Cemetery

Option 2

Marengo to Shelly Beach

Follow low cliff tops overlooking the ocean and the exposed and aptly named Bald Hill. It traverses on and off the beach through sheltered forest to picturesque Shelly Beach. Coastal route at low tide and during calm seas.

Start: Marengo caravan park

End: Shelly Beach picnic area

Option 3

Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

The walk begins near the Gellibrand River Bridge. You will traverse cliff-tops and undulating heath-clad dunes as the distinctive rock stacks begin to reveal themselves. Continue on past Gibson Steps and the beach (which is not accessible at high tide) on to end at the iconic Twelve Apostles kiosk and carpark facility.

Start: Princetown Recreation Reserve

End: Glenample

Option 4

Shelly Beach Circuit

This is one of the best short walks on the Great Ocean Walk. The track traverses through fern gullies, coastal scrub, along Shelly Beach and across rocky platforms to Elliot River. Return through a majestic stand of blue gums, inhabited by koalas and nocturnal Yellow-bellied Gliders.

Start: Shelly Beach picnic area

End: Shelly Beach picnic area

Option 5

The Gables Lookout

This easy return walk travels through a Casuarina grove to a spectacular lookout over the ocean and the reefs around Moonlight Head. This is one of the highest sea cliffs on mainland Australia. Keep a close eye out for seabirds, or whales from June to September.

Start: The Gable car park

End: The Gable Lookout

Option 6

Wreck Beach

A difficult but rewarding walk. Descending over 350 steps to Wreck Beach, the walk takes you to the anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji – haunting reminders of the treacherous nature of the sea. Make this walk at low tide only and beware of large sea swells.

Start: Wreck Beach

End: Wreck Beach

Day Walks (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Aire River to Johanna Beach

This is a long but satisfying walk through diverse terrain to beautiful Johanna Beach. Pass through heathland with spring wildflowers and experience awesome sea views. Look out for Peregrine Falcons flying above. Johanna River is unbridged so carefully assess before wading across.

Start: Aire River information shelter

End: Johanna Beach campground

Option 2

Cape Otway to Aire River

Explore the lightstation before you set out. The walk to Aire River carves its way through a wind sculpted landscape of sand dunes, coastal scrubland and calcified cliffs. Rainbow Falls and Station Beach are a 3 kilometre return journey. Rainbow Falls is spring-fed and trickles through algae to the rock platform below. Take the main track over Station Beach or the beach route to Aire River lookout.

Start: Cape Otway

End: Aire River

Multi-Day Walk Itineraries

Choose from these itineraries to plan your hiking adventure according to how much time you have, and how frequently you would like to stop and camp overnight, in the Great Ocean Walk purpose built campsites.

TIP: Walkers must move in an east-west direction. The walk was designed and built to be walked in an east-west direction. This will maximise views and generally provides the best gradient to reduce impacts from walkers and congestion of the walk and its facilities.

Official Great Ocean Walk Maps and Brochures are available for purchase at surrounding certified Visitor Information Centres. Certified Visitor Information Centres are indicated by the yellow and blue 'i' signs and are located in Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell.

2 Day Walks (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Tall forest and coastal woodland.

Start: Shelley Beach Carpark

End: Cape Otway Lightstation Car Park

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

Option 2

Coast and heathland walk. Some beach walking.

Start: Cape Otway Lighthouse Car Park

End: Johanna Beach Car Park

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3 Day Walks (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Tall forests and coastal woodland.

Start: Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre

End: Cape Otway Lightstation Car Park

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Elliot Ridge Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

Option 2

Coast and heathland walk.

Start: Blanket Bay Car Park

End: Johanna Beach Car Park

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

Option 3

Spectacular views. Undulating with some steep sections. Takes hikers to the end of the walk within sight of the Twelve Apostles.

Start: Milanesia Beach Access Gate

End: Gibson Steps

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Ryans Den Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Devils Kitchen Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4 Day Walk (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Tall forest, coast and heathland walk.

Start: Shelly Beach Car Park

End: Johanna Beach Car Park

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

5 Day Walks (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Coast, tall forest and heathland walk.

Start: Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre

End: Johanna Beach Carpark

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Elliot Ridge Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

Option 2

Coast and heathland walk. Spectacular views. Takes you to the end of the walk within sight of the Twelve Apostles.

Start: Cape Otway Lightstation Car Park

End: Gibson Steps

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Johanna Beach Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Ryans Den Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4. Devils Kitchen Great Ocean Walk Campsite

6 Day Walk (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Coast, tall forest and heathland walk.

Start: Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre

End: Johanna Beach Carpark

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Elliot Ridge Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

5. Johanna Beach Great Ocean Walk Campsite

7 Day Walk (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Coast and heathland walk. Spectacular views. Takes you to the end of the walk within sight of the Twelve Apostles.

Start: Shelly Beach Car Park

End: Gibson Steps

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4. Johanna Beach Great Ocean Walk Campsite

5. Ryans Den Great Ocean Walk Campsite

6. Devils Kitchen Great Ocean Walk Campsite

8 Day Walk (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Option 1

Coast and heathland walk. Spectacular views. Takes you to the end of the walk within sight of the Twelve Apostles.

Start: Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre

End: Gibson Steps

Overnight Campsites (By Night)

1. Elliot Ridge Great Ocean Walk Campsite

2. Blanket Bay Great Ocean Walk Campsite

3. Cape Otway Great Ocean Walk Campsite

4. Aire River Great Ocean Walk Campsite

5. Johanna Beach Great Ocean Walk Campsite

6. Ryans Den Great Ocean Walk Campsite

7. Devils Kitchen Great Ocean Walk Campsite