Distances & difficulty

Achievable for most people

Stairs
The Great Ocean Walk is an achievable walk for anyone of reasonable walking fitness and bush walking experience.

Trekking & Fitness Guide

 

Grading

According to the ‘Australian Walking Track Grading System’ most of the Great Ocean Walk sections could be classified as a ‘Grade 3’, the following are excerpts from that grade description: ‘Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended.’ ‘Track head signage and route markers at intersections and where track is indistinct’. ‘Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Walks upto 20km’ If you are in doubt about your ability to complete the Great Ocean walk it could be best to either pick short manageable sections for your first trip or choose a guided tour where you have support and the ability to pull out at certain points if the effort for the full day”s walk is beyond your ability.

Who walks the Great Ocean Walk?

People of all ages walk the track. It is popular with school groups during the week and clients of private guided trips vary from as young as 10 to 82 years old! If you are tackling the track independently you should have some prior bush walking experience and prepare for your trip with training, paying careful consideration to the factors listed under the ‘Safety’ section of this website. If you’ve walked for instance the Overland Track in Tasmania or the Larapinta trail in the Northern Territory you’ll have no problems with the Great Ocean Walk as it is less remote and challenging than either of these walks. Obviously walking independently & carrying your own pack is going to be a more challenging experience than if you join a guided or self guided tour package where your luggage is carried for you. Most of the estimated times on the signage are intended for people who are carrying their own packs and an estimated walking speed of 3km is used. How long is the Great Ocean walk? If you set off from the Visitors Centre at Apollo Bay the signage there states it is 91km, yet a more commonly given distance is 104km. Why? The track has been re-routed a few times since that sign was first put up. At the time of writing the track finishes at Gibsons Steps. If you add up the distances given below, taken from Parks Victoria’s website, you’ll see it adds up to 104.3km

How long is the Great Ocean walk?

If you set off from the Visitors Centre at Apollo Bay the signage there states it is 91km, yet a more commonly given distance is 104km. Why? The track has been re-routed a few times since that sign was first put up. At the time of writing the track finishes at Gibsons Steps. If you add up the distances given below, taken from Parks Victoria’s website, you’ll see it adds upto 104.3km

Distances