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Great Ocean Walk

I am doing this hike in February with 3 friends. We are all pretty much beginner hikers. Any advice? Anyone done the walk around the same time of year?
We will be going for 7 nights 8 days. We don't want to bite off more than we can chew haha.

Hi. I have heard that there is a company that will take your backpacks from campsite to campsite, so all you have to do is hike with your day pack. Might take the pressure off planning to carry 8 days worth of gear.

Hi Liz, I did the GOW in November and it was awesome. A great walk for first timers with beautiful scenery and the grade is not too hard. But it is long and in Feb it will be hot so I highly recommend the company we used to bring in tents luggage and food to the campsite each day. It is called Hike2Camp run by a young guy Wilson Bath who make great meals and sets you off each day with lunch and snacks. Tired or injured walkers can even go with him in the car if necessary. The cost was excellent and affordable for most people.
Failing that, it will be a great walk but try and keep it as light as possible. 8 days of food is heavy. Also take suncream as parts are exposed. Have a great time.

Hi Liz
We did the great ocean walk in four nights and five days 18th December-22nd December -the route for day 6 as articulated in the official book-ending at Ryan's den was by far the hardest day. There was plenty of water but we found it very helpful to have a life straw bottle to use to top up during the day in the streams and huts and saved boiling water a fair bit. the end of the walk was a bit disappointing as there were hundreds of tourists at twelve apostles and we couldn't find an official sign anywhere to say that that was the end of the walk...we left feeling a little flat...don't know if anyone else has felt this way...

Hi Liz
My husband and I did the GOW in Dec 3 years ago.I pre-arranged 3 different accommodations along the track and friends assisted us with luggage transfer. We scored their transport services and they got nice holiday accommodation!The track is great for beginners. I agree with the previous post- the track finishes just before the Twelve Apostles and it is certainly a big anti-climax walking to the Visitor Centre where hoardes of people wait for their tourist buses to pick them up.Definitely make sure you have time to visit the Apostles after the walk.

Hi.
I did the GOW last year in March. Here some points.

1. It was hot. The big issue can be the water. At the last stop (Devils Kitchen campground) There was no water. I cleaned all the water I found (rain water in tank) with pills.
2. Did you book your campground? You have to!
3. As already said the last day you have to go to the 12 Apostles site and go back (7km) to finish at Apostles Camping Park and Cabins (last campground).
4. What are you going to do for transport? If you want to take the bus to go back to Apollo Bay you have to check the days it runs (Monday, Wednesday and Friday I think).
5. In 7 nights/8 days, you will have time to enjoy your trip.
6. If you haven't got one yet, you can find a good guide book published by Parks Victoria. It is very useful and easy to use.

Cheers.
Remi.

Thank you all for such great advice and stories! Builds some confidence 😀 We will be carrying our packs, but on the last day my husband (who will also drop us at the start) may take our packs for that last 16kms. At this point we'd all love to take our packs the entire way, but I'm sure at the end we aren't going to feel like that 😀 We did talk about having someone take our luggage/make us food, but us being able to plan and make/dehydrate our food over the last couple of months has been fun and building the trip in our minds. We might regret it 😉

We have booked our sites(boy the website was hard to get to work!).
I have a sawyer filter, my friends (a couple) have a uv one, not sure about the other lass.
I'll make sure to research the end properly so we 'complete' the walk. I have been to the Twelve Apostles so I know how busy the hoards can be.
Thanks for the sunscreen advice, I figured we would need it as I know you can go along the beach, so I will be double sure to add it to the pack.

Make sure you observe all those tide warnings signs and only take the route when you're absolutely sure! I was caught out on the 2nd or 3rd day a few years back when alone, the situation could have got real dire if I were with someone who was afraid of heights.

A happy medium to carrying your pack the entire way, if leaving a car on one end, is to hide some food in sealed dry packs in trees near a campground - be sure to leave a note inside just in case. I wouldn't be trusting someone else to hide your gear for you though.

Let us know how the trip goes!

Got home on Saturday night!
I'll do a full report a bit later, but I laughed Lorcan "I wouldn't be trusting someone else to hide your gear for you though", as I had my husband hide some extra gas and glue in Blanket Bay, we nearly didn't find it! His cryptic instructions and weary travellers with nearly no phone battery left, almost a recipe for disaster 😀

 

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