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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Celebrate Australia’s great outdoors on the four-day Twelve Apostles Walk, one of the Great Walks of Australia. Spend four days of moderate hiking in the Great Ocean Road region, following isolated trails to wild coastal vistas, and sleeping in comfort each night at a relaxing ecolodge. Choose from a guided 4-day walk, with transport from Melbourne or Johanna, accommodation and a spectacular helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles included. Or depart from Johanna on the self-guided route, which offers accommodation but not the helicopter flight. Experience the tranquility and beauty of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, with tour numbers limited to 12 participants.

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road 4-day walking tour
  • Walk through pristine coastal forest to secluded beaches
  • Choose from a guided hike or a self-guided experience
  • Join a guided hike and finish the walk on a helicopter tour over the 12 Apostles
  • 3 nights of comfortable lodge accommodation included
  • 3-course gourmet dinners, hearty breakfasts and packed lunches are included

What You Can Expect

Great Walks of Australia: 4-Day Twelve Apostles Walk

Johanna walking lodge

This 4-day Twelve Apostles Walk is one of the Great Walks of Australia, a collection of walks that take you into ancient rainforests and vast national parks, among other breathtaking environments. With a guide, meals, and comfortable lodging included, you’ll make the most of your journeys to these special national parks and other spectacular locales on highly customized walking journeys.

Itinerary

Day 1: Castle Cove -- Johanna Beach, 5 miles (8 km) of walking (L, D)
If you choose the guided-walk option, your tour starts at the Johanna ecolodge, or with pickup from Melbourne’s central Travelodge Southbank, for a relaxing 3-hour journey by road.  Today’s walk takes you from Castle Cove to Johanna Beach, a favorite section for many walkers. The route takes you above cliffs dropping sharply down to the ocean, flanked by eucalyptus trees. Pass by forests of grass trees and wildflowers before reaching Johanna Beach and your overnight walking lodge. Relax in the evening with dinner accompanied by a selection of wines.

Overnight: Johanna walking lodge

Day 2: Johanna Beach -- Moonlight Head, 12.5 miles (20 km) of walking (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your lodge, experience the wild side of the Great Ocean Road on a day walk that takes you from Moonlight Head along grassy hills and country lanes to the highest point of the entire trail. Dramatic changes in elevation deliver wild and remote Southern Ocean views. You'll arrive at the secluded Milanesia Beach that can only be accessed on foot. Follow undulating goat trails leading off the beach and along the cliff for exclusive vistas, and feel on the edge of the world at remote Ryan's Den. Return to the lodge to unwind and relax, and perhaps make use of the soothing foot spa!

Overnight: Johanna walking lodge

Day 3: Moonlight Head -- Princetown, 10 miles (16.5 km) of walking (B, L, D)

Following breakfast at your lodge, be returned to Moonlight Head to begin today’s gentle forest walk to the Gables -- the highest ocean cliff lookout on the walk. If the tide is out you can take the 366 stairs down to Wreck Beach for a glimpse of shipwrecks and anchors embedded in the sandstone. If the tide is in, take the high road past Devil's Kitchen for a bush 'cuppa' with a stunning view, before being returned to the walking lodge at Johanna.

Overnight: Johanna walking lodge

Day 4: Princetown -- Twelve Apostles, 5 miles (8.5 km) of walking (B, L)
The final day of your 4-day walk takes you to the Twelve Apostles, one of Victoria’s signature sights. If you’re taking the guided walking tour, enjoy a sensational helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles for an aerial view of your route. The round-trip transport returns you to Melbourne at around 5pm.

Accommodation:

All nights of the walk are at the one lodge, which means there’s no packing up until the last day, and you’ll only carry day-packs containing lunch, water and personal needs.

Walks start and end at the 4-star walking lodge in Johanna, specially designed to ensure walkers have all the comforts they need at the end of a hard day on the trail: a hot shower, a comfortable bed and a gourmet meal. The purpose-built retreat is ideally positioned halfway along the Great Ocean Walk, and features best practice sustainable design and a serene bush setting. In the evenings, fabulous regional food prepared on-site by an internationally trained chef is served, along with some of Victoria's best wines. There is no single-room surcharge.
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