• Length: 254km

  • Duration: 12-14 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Portland

  • End: Portland

  • Closest Town: Portland

  • Location: Discovery Bay Coastal Park

  • Distance from state capital: 353km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.3459779713

  • Longitude: 141.6073111910


Great South West Walk is a 254km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Discovery Bay Coastal Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 12-14 days to complete.


The Great South West Walk is a 250 kilometre walking track, established in 1981, and located predominately in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia. Much of the course of the track passes through the Lower Glenelg National Park, the Cobboboonee National Park, the Discovery Bay Coastal Park, the Mount Richmond National Park and the Cape Nelson State Park, and may be explored through shorter or overnight hikes, or the entire 12-to-14-day circular hike, starting and finishing in either Portland or Nelson. A short portion of the track is located in South Australia, near Donovans.

The Great South West Walk track, which notionally begins and ends at the Visitor Information Centre in Portland, traverses forest, river gorge, high cliff tops and bays. It was designed as a long distance walking track, with the option for short and day walks. It is accessed from roads in and near the towns of Portland and Nelson. The walk’s difficulty is rated as moderate, and consists of fifteen sections of varying lengths. The walk contains 14 camp sites along the track; all supplied with fresh water, cleared tent sites and bush toilets. All overnight stays at 14 campsites require an online booking and a fee. Links to the online booking site can be accessed via the walk’s website.

Part of the track follows the course of the Glenelg River, with other parts located adjacent to the Southern Ocean.

Total distance: 254115 m
Max elevation: 222 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 4136 m
Total descent: -4133 m
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Portland – Cubbys Camp: 18.5km

Cobboboonee National Park
Cubbys Camp – Cut-Out Camp: 13km
Cut-Out Camp – Fitzroy Camp: 22km

Lower Glenelg National Park
Fitzroy Camp – Moleside Camp: 22km
Moleside Camp – Pritchards Camp: 10.5km
Pritchards Camp – Pattersons Camp: 21.5km
Pattersons Camp – Nelson: 19km

Discovery Day Coastal Park
Nelson – Monibeong: 23km
Monibeong – Swan Lake: 16km

Mount Richmond National Park
Swan Lake – Tarragal Camp: 20km
Tarragal Camp – Springs Camp: 12km

Cape Bridgewater
Springs Camp – Trewalla Camp: 15km

Cape Nelson State Park
Trewalla Camp – Mallee Camp: 17km
Mallee Camp – Portland: 17km


Reference: Tourism Victoria


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