The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long-distance walk extending east to west, just over 100km, between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. Step on and off the trail with convenience; enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent local meals or pitch your tent in the wildly picturesque campgrounds along the way.

By Car

Travel-time - 2h 34m

Apollo Bay is 197 kilometres away from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 2hr: 34mins to drive. In 2009 a Freeway Extension was built that bypassed Geelong making your trip to Apollo Bay shorter.

The step by step directions below should take you there:

Travel from Melbourne city onto the Westgate Freeway

  • Continue onto Princes Freeway 
  • Continue onto Geelong Ring Road
  • Continue on Cape Otway Rd.
  • Drive to Great Ocean Rd./ B100 in Skenes Creek
  • Turn left onto Cape Otway Rd/ C135
  • Turn left onto Birregurra-Forrest Rd
  • Continue onto Forrest-Apollo Bay Rd
  • Turn right onto Great Ocean Rd/B100

By Train

Travel-time - 1h 25m

A train operated by V/Line is available from Melbourne to Geelong or Warrnambool, which are the nearest railway stations to Torquay.

Railway service is also available going to and coming from surrounding towns or villages - like Colac, Newport, and Winchelsea among others- in varying times but are not available 24/7. Coaches will replace trains on the evening Geelong service, depending on availability.

For train timetables, please visit

Phone: 1800 800 007 FREE

By Bus

V/Line services provided by McHarry's Bus Lines are also available going to and coming from surrounding villages and towns of Apollo Bay in varying times but are not available 24/7.

For bus and coach information contact the operator:


Phone: +61 3 9619 2727 or +61 3 5223 2111

By Plane

The Avalon Airport

Just out of Geelong, the nearest airport to Apollo Bay is 145 kilometres away. It has several destinations within Australia through Jetstar, Sharp Airlines and Tiger Airways for scheduled passenger services but it does not accommodate International flights since it only has one runway and was designed to cater for jet aircraft. The Avalon airport is also used for heavy maintenance facility by Qantas, which is Jetstar's parent company.

Phone:    +61 3 5227 9100
Toll Free: 1800 AVALON (1800 282 566 FREE)

Melbourne Airport

Also known as Tullamarine Airport, is 206 kilometres away from Apollo Bay. It is the second busiest airport in Australia. The Melbourne Airport is the nearest Airport to Torquay that offers both local and International flights. Jetstar, Qantas, Strategic Airlines and Virgin Australia are some of the carriers that the airport accommodates for International flights. They have several local destinations that are provided by carriers such as Rex, Jetstar, Qantas, Skywest Airlines, Tiger Airways and Virgin Australia.

Phone:   +61 3 9297 1600


Our visitor information centre

The yellow and blue 'i' sign is your passport to quality information and friendly service throughout the Great Ocean Road region. The Apollo Bay, Lorne and Port Campbell Visitor Information Centres have specific details and current information about the Great Ocean Walk and stock the Walk Map and Brochure.

Essential services

Police, Ambulance, Fire: 000

Some areas of the park may not be within your phone network range. To connect to Police, Ambulance or CFA on an alternative emergency mobile network, dial 112.

Apollo Bay Police: 03 5237 6750

Lavers Hill Police: 03 5237 3200

Port Campbell Police: 03 5598 6310

Apollo Bay Hospital: 03 5237 8500

RACV: 13 1111