• Length: 104km

  • Duration: 8-10 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Apollo Bay

  • End: Glenample Homestead

  • Closest Town: Apollo Bay

  • Location: Otway National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 200km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.7547232397

  • Longitude: 143.6693972535


The Great Ocean Walk is a walking track, located 200 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, stretching 104 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, located near The Twelve Apostles, Victoria.

The walk passes through the Otway National Park; with Parks Victoria providing seven hike-in camp-sites spaced at intervals of 10 km to 15 km along the track. Guided tours are offered by several operators, with the walk estimated to take approximately eight days to complete. All walkers are required to register with Parks Victoria, and must book for use of camp-sites.

The track hugs coastline which is not always visible from the Great Ocean Road; and traverses an area which hosts koalas, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles, bird species, snakes (including tiger, brown, and copperhead), ants, bees, European wasps and leeches. From June through September, whales can be spotted along the coastline. The track passes through several named areas; including Elliot Ridge, Blanket Bay, Cape Otway, Aire River, Johanna Beach, Ryans Den and Devils Kitchen.

The difficulty of the track increases along the walk; with the section between Apollo Bay and Cape Otway suitable for beginners, becoming more challenging when reaching the rugged terrain through Ryans Den. In addition, travellers need to note that sections of track can be dangerous or impassable at high tide.


Total distance: 97035 m
Max elevation: 276 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 3328 m
Total descent: -3276 m



The Great Ocean Walk website

Map of the Great Ocean Walk

Parks Victoria website for Great Ocean Walk

Copyright Tourism Victoria 


16 thoughts on “Great Ocean Walk (104km)

    1. Thank you for letting me know. I have updated the page and have added a link to your website. Please let me know if any additional info needs updating. I love your site by the way. very clean, fresh and informative. Cheers, Darren

  1. Hi. Just wanting to know how old is this site is as some of the GOW information on it is inaccurate and some has not been updated in at least 8 years ? Cheers.

    1. Hi Alan. The site is only around two years old. If you have updated information I would appreciate if you can share this so that I can update the information.

    2. A lot of the information on this site is from my personal experiences and I only update it once I, or other people, have hiked the trail and provide updated info.