7 or 8 Day Walk
You can choose to walk the Great Ocean Walk by splitting the trail up into different combinations of day walks, or it can be done in it’s entirety either as a 7 or 8-day walk, and which you choose may depend on whether you are camping and carrying a heavy pack or doing the walk with support. We have listed it as a 7-day walk but you can also walk it over 8 days using the routes and hike-in campsites and distances listed below.
Bear in mind that there are other drive-in campsites at Blanket Bay, Aire River, Johanna and Princetown so you can alter the day’s walks according to whether you have a support vehicle or are using off-track accommodation.
Maps & route planning
Whilst the trail itself is reasonably well marked there are a few points at which a map is invaluable to make sense of the listed trails, particularly on Day 2 in the Otways forest, and of the low- and high-level options on sections that are tide-dependent. Maps also are vital in the event of having to exit the trail unexpectedly – you’ll need to get your bearings and perhaps work out where the nearest road or shelter is. The definitive map for the Great Ocean Walk is the one shown below, which is a detailed topographic map on a 1:25,000 scale and shows all the surrounding area and useful route notes and information on campsites, altitude profiles, etc. They can be purchased locally in shops and information centres but this should not be relied on as they often run out of stock. For more information on maps, click here.
You can purchase the detailed GOW map from Raw Travel for $16 plus postage ($3 p&h in Australia) by sending us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll respond by sending your our bank details for an online transfer and put one in the post to you immediately. Please order at least 5 days before your intended day of departure. Overseas addresses will require more postage and longer order times.
Walking distance: 8.75km to Shelly Beach Car Park; 9.75km to Elliot Ridge GOW Campsite Approximate Walk Time: 3 - 4hrs Difficulty: Accommodation: Apollo Bay Campsite: Elliot Ridge GOW Campsite; Blanket Bay GOW or Drive-in Campsites Nearest Food: Apollo Bay
Walking distance: 20.5km Approximate Walk Time: 6 - 7hrs walking Difficulty: Accommodation: Cape Otway Campsite: Blanket Bay GOW or Drive-in Campsites, Parker Hill Drive-in Campsite Nearest food: Cape Otway Lightstation, Apollo Bay
Blanket Bay Campsite to Cape Otway Distance: 10.5km Approximate Walk Time: 4.5 - 5.5hrs Difficulty: Accommodation: Aire River Campsites: Aire River GOW or Drive-in Campsites Nearest food: Apollo Bay/Cape Otway Lightstation
Distance: 12.4km Approximate Walk Time: 4-5hrs walking Difficulty: Campsites: Johanna Beach GOW or Drive-in Campsites Nearest food: Lavers Hill
Distance: 14km Approximate Walk Time: 4-6hrs Difficulty: Most challenging section of the entire track. Campsite: Ryans Den GOW Campsite
Walking Distance: 14.4km Approximate Walk Time: 5-6 hrs walking Difficulty: Campsite: Ryans Den GOW Campsite
Walking Distance: 15km Approximate Walk Time: 4-6hrs Difficulty: Accommodation: Port Campbell