Getting the most from your walk experience.
Welcome to the Great Ocean Walk
There is nothing like Australia’s Great Ocean Walk located on the Great Ocean Road region between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles, hugging the coastline for more than 100km. Natures drama unfolding at every step, and every day is different.
Create your own unique experience and discover the nature of Australia as you walk beneath tall trees, across rock seashore platforms, along deserted beaches and soak in breathtaking cliff-top vistas. The walk is a one-way long distance walk undertaken east to west from Apollo Bay to the iconic Twelve Apostles.
When you’re in the great outdoors it’s important to be aware of the elements so you can effectively plan your walking experience. High tides, strong winds and large ocean swells all influence your choice and ability to walk on the nearby beach routes close to some sections of the Great Ocean Walk.
There are some sections of the Great Ocean Walk that are accessible for visitors with mobility limitations and for families with strollers. These sections vary in level of difficulty and are dependent on the type of mobility equipment used. Visitors to the Great Ocean Walk are required to travel in an east to west direction.
Beach walking and HIGH TIDES & RIVER crossing safety
Your safety is your number one responsibility on your walk. Do not access beaches and rock platforms without checking tide times. Isolated beaches with limited walk options exist near sections of the Great Ocean Walk. The flexibility to customize your walking experience is based on you making safe decisions, taking into consideration things such as tides, ocean swell/waves and current/impending weather.
The Great Ocean Walk includes a mixture of tracks, gradients and surfaces, including rock platforms, sandy beaches, steep stairways and shared vehicle tracks. Be alert for cars when walking on shared vehicle tracks, and fallen tree limbs when walking through forested areas. Walking on the marked tracks helps to keep you safe and makes for a great walk experience.
Prepare, Act and Survive: Your safety is your responsibility and you need to be aware of current fire danger ratings.
The Great Ocean Walk is in a high bushfire risk area. There is no safe place to shelter and survive a bushfire. During the fire season, over the warmer months of the year, a Total Fire Ban may be declared. On these days you must not light a fire and should stop any activity which might start a fire. This includes using portable liquid and gas fuel cooking stoves.
Enjoy your walk
Get the most from your walk by downloading the audio app of the stories of the walk. These stories will bring the voices of history and nature alive for you, building a bridge for your mind and soul to connect with the country you visit on the Great Ocean Walk.
Download the Great Ocean Walk Audio App for Smartphone and start listening now. Languages available include full German and partial Japanese and Korean language versions. App for iPad – a brand new visual overview and summary of the Great Ocean Walk is also available as an App for iPad: titled Great Ocean Walk… choose from 8 incredible days.