The starting point for the full Great Ocean Walk is Apollo Bay.  Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire.

Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk

Maps & route planning

It is highly recommended that all walkers buy a map to help plan their route and carry one with them once on the Great Ocean Walk.

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.

You can purchase the detailed GOW map from the information centre in Apollo Bay and the newsagents on the main Street in Apollo Bay. It is also usually available at the small supermarket on the main street in Port Campbell.