Let your senses soar on this epic women's adventure in the Land Down Under! After meeting your fellow hikers and touring Melbourne's defining Yarra River, hit the trail for a soul-enriching hike on Victoria's Great Ocean Walk, with spectacular scenery and unparalleled coastal views. Traverse cliff tops, native forests, and bucolic heathland on your way to windswept beaches, sunken wrecks, and postcard-perfect lookouts. Spot abundant wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, and an array of rare birds. The jewel in the trip's crown? Beholding the coast's iconic limestone stacks, known as the Twelve Apostles, from land and air!
Feast your sense in dynamic Melbourne then hike a 45-mile stretch of the Great Ocean Walk
Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles on a scenic helicopter flight!
Reward your days on the trail with bountiful dining, local wines, and relaxing accommodations
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival to Melbourne Airport (aka Tullamarine), meet your MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel . After meeting the group and a trip briefing, stretch your legs with a leisurely city walking tour along the ambient Yarra River. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Today begins your journey west along one of the world's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road, which stretches 150+ glorious miles along Victoria's southern coast. Stop at Apollo Bay for an afternoon walk to Shelley Beach. Continue to Cape Otway, set within a national park bursting with rainforests, streams, rugged coastline, and loads of wildlife — you're likely to see kangaroos and koalas in the wild. Return to Apollo Bay for the night.
Today is day one along the stunning Great Ocean Walk. This leg leads from Castle Cove along cliff tops and through heathland and forest, occasionally revealing breathtaking views of the extensive coast. Enjoy beautiful expanses of grass trees, wonderful wildflower displays in spring, and, if you're lucky, soaring peregrine falcons. The path opens onto Johanna Beach, one of the region's best surf spots. Walk along the beach to the continuing path, which heads inland toward Milanesia Gate. You can expect to see eastern grey kangaroos on this last part of the walk.
Begin walking today at Milanesia Beach, secluded sands that you'll have virtually to yourself. The up-and-down track then alternates between bucolic farmland, isolated beach, and dramatic sea cliffs en route to Ryan's Den. From here you have breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway and west to Cape Volney! Continue through coastal forests over Cape Volney, steeply up to Moonlight Head, then down into a valley. Finally emerge at the Gables Lookout — perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia — where today's walk ends.
Another phenomenal Great Ocean Walk day begins at Gables Lookout, winds through a casuarina grove, and emerges onto Wreck Beach. At low tide you see two anchors of submerged shipwrecks. The high-tide route takes you to Devil's Kitchen, hugging the wild coastal cliffs toward Princetown, whose surrounding wetlands support a wide variety of bird life. Across the Gellibrand River on a trestle bridge, a pleasant walk through coastal scrub reveals peeks at the looming 12 Apostles! End today's walk at Gibson Steps, viewing the eastern Apostles from a unique, sea-level perspective.
Victoria's number-one attraction is all yours today. Approach the incredible 12 Apostles, with incomparable views across the cliffs and beaches, from Gellibrand and down Gibson Steps. From here, admire the sheer scale of natural sculpting that formed these iconic limestone monuments. Wander the boardwalks and viewing platforms before the crowds arrive, then soar above it all on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the stunning coastline and 12 Apostles themselves! Drive to remarkable Loch Ard Gorge , lunch in Port Campbell, and then head to Otway Estate Vineyards for the night.
Take it nice and easy today. Realize your definition of relaxation at Otway Estate, where (optional) yoga, spa services, and wine and beer tastings are on offer . Come afternoon, depart for Melbourne, where you can continue to relax at the hotel or explore a bit on your own before reconnecting with the group for a festive Galentine's farewell dinner.
Say goodbye to this exceptional region of the world and transfer to Melbourne airport for your homeward-bound flight.
MT Sobek has been exploring the Pacific for over 20 years, working with the best local guides for an immersive and fun experiences.
This unique women's adventure includes up to 45 miles of Australia's iconic Great Ocean Walk.
Traverse areas of historical and cultural significance, and blend fun days on the trail with relaxed evenings at top hotels.
Moderate to strenuous daily hikes between 5 and 11 miles, and scenic tours of the coast — including a helicopter ride.
Estate retreats and comfortable inns, plus three nights at the exclusive Alkina Lodge, phenomenally located just minutes from the Great Ocean Road.
Summers in southeast Australia can be hot with mild nights. Coastal weather can change quickly, so be prepared for strong winds, rain, and cooler temperatures as well as hot and dry weather.
The Great Ocean Walk takes us into natural habitats that are home to many animals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas. There's also good birding opportunities to see wrens, parrots, eagles and honeyeaters. If it's very warm outside we might be lucky enough catch a glimpse of more elusive and shy creatures like lizards and snakes.
We are not visiting any high elevations. This trip focuses on coastal regions and our activities are between sea level and 900 feet above sea level.
Most days begin with an early wake-up call around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. You will enjoy a nice breakfast before setting off on a short drive to the trail head. You'll then be walking for about half the day in beautiful surroundings.
Our guides prepare nutritional and delicious lunch spreads on our hikes, allowing you to relax and take in the epic coastal views. They have remarkable wilderness culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety, quality and presentation of their meals and their ability to cater to a wide range of dietary requirements. Each guide is able to select their own menu for the destination.
There will be many chances to go for a dip while on the Great Ocean Walk!
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