GREAT OCEAN WALK
Getting to the GREAT OCEAN walk (GREAT OCEAN ROAD WALK)[ale_one_third] [/ale_one_third] [ale_two_third_last] [ale_alert style=”green”]Apollo Bay is the starting point for the walk – about 3 hours drive from Melbourne, or the closest commercial airports are Avalon (Jetstar) and Melbourne’s Tullamarine. [/ale_alert] [/ale_two_third_last]
Apollo BayApollo Bay is 195 kms south west of Melbourne (about 3 hours driving) and 43 kms south west of Lorne (about 40 minutes driving along one of the most scenic stretches of the Great Ocean Road). The nearest commercial airport is Avalon (for Jetstar flights) and Melbourne’s main airport, Tullamarine.
Public TransportApollo Bay is also serviced by rail (V/Line) from Melbourne’s Southern Cross station (formerly known as Spencer Street Station) to Geelong, then a connecting bus to Apollo Bay. Travel time is an hour to Geelong by train and about 2.5 hours on the bus from Geelong. The Great Ocean Walk finishes at Gibsons Steps / the Twelve Apostle from where you can either continue to Port Campbell for an overnight stay or backtrack to Princetown. For hikers who require public transport back to Apollo Bay, there is a V/Line bus service to Apollo Bay via the Great Ocean Road, stopping at Port Campbell , Princetown and the Twelve Apostles Car park. Alternatively, if you are heading directly to Melbourne or Geelong, V/Line services also head inland via Colac and the Princess Highway. Similarly, this service is available for those travelling further west along the Victorian coastline. Contact Christian’s Bus Co to book your trip on (03) 5562 9432.
By CarMost people tour along the Great Ocean Road by car. If travelling from Melbourne take the Princes Freeway to Geelong then the Great Ocean Road (B100) for the scenic drive along the coast to Apollo Bay ( about 2.5 – 3 hours) Or for an alternative route through the magnificent Otway forests, take the Princes Highway to Winchelsea then turn off to Forrest. An attractive alternative from Melbourne is to drive to Sorrento on the other side of Port Phillip bay and take the ferry across to Queenscliff. Though you’ll need more time up your sleeve for this option about 4.5 – 5 hours. For timetables, costs and other details of the ferry crossing, have a look at the Queenscliff-Sorrento Car & Passenger Ferry Service website.
Transfers along the GREAT OCEAN walk (GREAT OCEAN ROAD WALK)Options depend on whether you are doing this as a group with several vehicles or a couple of people with just one vehicle. Being a linear rather than a circular walk, utilising two vehicles in a “car shuffle” will provide the most flexible and cheapest transport options. A car shuffle is a good way to provide transport to and from the start and end of the walk independent of transport timetables. Hikers can for example drive to the end of the walk with both vehicles, drop one off, and then return to the start of the walk in the other vehicle. If you have only one or no vehicles, you may have to use a shuttle service provider. If hikers are utilising their own vehicle, it’s recommended that you leave this vehicle at the end of your walk first and get shuttled back to where you will be starting your walk. This gives you the convenience of walking towards your vehicle to your final destination; and avoiding possible glitches such as missing pick-up times arranged with transport providers because of lateness on your last day. Mobile telephone coverage is not reliable along the walk ( Telstra 3G covers about 85% of the walk) which may make changing agreed pick up times problematic. [/ale_one_half] [ale_one_half_last]
Recommended shuttle servicesGreat Ocean Walk (Great Ocean Road Walk) – Walkers transfers: Speak to Lee Bryant on 0458 909 347 e: firstname.lastname@example.orgAs mobile phone service is difficult in this area please also email if you cannot reach Lee by phone then you can also contact him on the following address with your plans and dates. It is recommended that if you want a quote you email through an outline of your plans and Lee can then advise you on what works best: email@example.com
- Timboon Taxi Ph: 0438 407777