GREAT OCEAN WALK

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
DESCRIPTION:
 

One of the most popular bucket list walks in Australia. This walk allows you to go where the famous Great Ocean Road doesn’t and follow the coastline.

On this fantastic 3 day walking holiday you will experience a diversity of natural landscapes from majestic tall forests and coastal heath-lands to a dramatic coastline like no other with the sandstone sea stacks of the Twelve Apostles its impressive finale. Along the way, you will be charmed by the abundant local wildlife you will encounter in this area. It is easy to spot koalas lazing in a gum tree, echidna and wallabies, as well as an array of birdlife

PRICE INCLUDES:
 
  • The 4 day itinerary includes both arrival and departure days

  • 3 nights accommodation as detailed in the itinerary (twin share)

  • Expert Trek Guides

  • Provision of ground and boat transport as detailed in the itinerary

  • All Bedding & Safety Equipment to cater the needs of the Tour (You will be provided with sleeping bag and pillows).

  • Park entrance and trek fees •Meals as follows:
    Breakfast 3 days (days 2, 3, 4) – Lunch 4 Days (days 1 to 4) – Dinner 3 Days (1 to 3)

  • Includes supply of beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
     

Our meals are delicious and fresh, showcasing Tasmania’s world famous produce and seafood. Every evening enjoy dinners in a bush setting under the stars. All meals, in- cluding three-course candlelit dinners, are prepared and served by your expert guides and made with an emphasis on fresh, local produce, complimented by fine Tasmanian wines and beer.

The walk is on beaches and formed tracks, ranging from 4 – 13 km/day (15 – 17 km for the optional mountain routes). The walk is suited to those who are medically fit and healthy.
Gear: Guests carry a light back pack (between 6-8 kg) with their own personal items. Packs, waterproof jackets, silk or cotton sleeping sheets, head torches and sleeping bags are supplied (we do not carry the sleeping bags as they are stored at each camp). Guests should have their own walking boots, well worn in with good ankle support and tread. Light day packs are also available for use on side trips from Casuarina Beach Camp and Bernacchi House.

Accommodation:
Casuarina Beach Camp and White Gums Camp each provide twin-share accommodation in environmentally sensitive standing camps built on wooden platforms with canvas walls. Raised wooden framed beds with foam mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags are provided – as well as shared hand wash basin and composting toilet. On the final night, guests stay in the beautifully restored colonial Bernacchi House, where hot showers are also available along with fresh linen.

 

DON'T FORGET:
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
  • Flights

  • airport departure taxes

  • insurance

  • any optional tours and activities during free time

  • tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.

 

OUR TIPS:
This is a fully supported walk, you only need to carry a light day pack.
 
Note: Depending on numbers this may be a mixed tour (male and female)

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1
HOBART – THE FIRST STEPS


We start with a hotel pickup in Hobart. After a short drive of just over an hour to the fishing village of Triabunna, we board our boat and explore Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island’s isthmus, arriving after about 40 minutes to land on the same pristine beach as French explorers did years earlier.
After a delicious lunch and a short walk to Casuarina Beach camp, there is time for an afternoon stroll through the tall eucalypt forest and visit a penguin colony at Haunted Bay. You can also enjoy stunning views and walk through beautiful forests with abundant wildlife. Relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp, take a swim in the sheltered bay and enjoy fresh Tasmanian food and wine.

(Distance: 8 kms)
Day 2
FIVE FABULOUS BEACHES


Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. After a morning dip and delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey from Riedle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay and walk five beautiful beaches. Look out for dolphins and Wedgetail & Sea Eagles along the way. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines. We arrive to White Gums Camp by late afternoon for a refreshing swim and then put your feet up for a well earned rest while you while you anticipate a gourmet meal.
(Distance 13 kms) Day 3
INTO THE HEART, UP To THE HEIGHTS

Today we head inland to the heart of the island and discover the rich greens of the grand forests that are a prime habitat for the endangered 40-Spotted Pardalote. Your’ll wander through the planet’s largest stands of giant Tasmanian blue gums. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs or continue to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 360 views. Or save the mountain climb for Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas. That evening you arrive at the enchanting World Heritage setlement of Darlington where you will stay at the elegant Bernacchi House, the historic colinial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi. Here you can enjoy hot showers and a final banquet with fine wine and conversdation.
(Distance: 9 kms) Day 4
WALK BACK IN TIME

The final day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around Darlington. You’ll experience Darlington’s rich history. The convict years, the industrial era and the fascinating farming history.
Then head off to see the Fossil Cliffs – a short circuit walk through varied woodlands, home to spectacular wildlife. Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking the distant Freycinet Peninsula and soak up the atmosphere. Return by boat to Hobart followed by a drop off at your hotel. A transfer to Hobart airport is available, connecting with flights departing from 5pm.
(Distance: 4kms)





FEB 2021 - APR 2021
 

$2,099

(ex GST)

4
days
Activity Level:

Moderate

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be to do this walk?


All our walks require a general level of fitness. For more specific information go to the itinerary page for this tour.
Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.




Is there a portered walk option?


All our guests will have their overnight bags transported, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the walk instead of struggling with a large backpack.




So what will I need to carry?


All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. You won’t even need to carry your lunch as your guide will carry the groups lunch.




Do you cater for different dietary requirements?


Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarians that don’t eat fish or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.




If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?


If you are happy to twin share a room with another solo traveller, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with, you will have your own room at no extra cost). However if you want to request a room specifically for yourself you will be required to pay an additional fee, enquire for details.




What time does this adventure start and finish?





Can you recommend pre and post tour accommodation?


As our 7:30am pickup is at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, for convenience we recommend this hotel of choice for your pre -tour accommodation.




I’m driving, where should I park my car?


If you are driving to meet the group, please let us know and we will discuss the best options for meeting and parking your car




How many people are in each walking group?


We run this tour with a maximum of 10 walkers.