The Great Ocean Walk: 104 Kilometers of Stunning Variety in Victoria, Australia

Starting in Apollo Bay and ending at the Twelve Apostles, this coastal trail packs a lifetime of experiences into four to eight days. Trek through Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks, sharing verdant hills with cows and kangaroos alike. Wind through thick forests and catch a glimpse of a koala clinging to a eucalyptus tree, and marvel at the Southern Ocean in action as it carves out jagged seaside cliffs.

For those who don’t have the luxury of living down under, the Great Ocean Walk (GOW) is the best way to connect with the terrain and wildlife in a short time span. You’ll have the unique opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in Victoria rarely seen by the average tourist.

The climate is a bit of a wild card on the aptly named “Shipwreck Coast.” Most people hike between spring and fall, although the summer temperatures can be significant.

Some portions of the trail are impassible at high tide, so stay aware and bring a tide table. There are signs marked “Decision Points” to alert you to areas and beach crossings where you may need to stop and assess the conditions before proceeding. It is not recommended to swim at the unpatrolled and remote beaches along the GOW due to strong riptides as well as limited cell service and rescue vehicle access.

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