Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk

What better antidote to a busy few weeks desk bound in the office than four days hiking in the beautiful Victorian countryside? I had been wanting to walk the Great Ocean Road trail for a while and finally I had the opportunity.  Easter hiking here I come!

Great Ocean Walk

What a fantastic few days.  I had booked a guided walk with the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. They picked us up from Melbourne and took us to the start of the walk, Camp Cove, where we walked to Johanna Beach.  It was extremely well organised.  We stayed each night at a lovely lodge near Johanna, and were transported to and from the start and finish spots each day.  As we were staying in the same lodge each night, we only needed to walk with day packs, which were provided for us  I was very impressed with the quality and all the gear that was provided – gaiters, Gore tex jackets, drink bottles, fly nets (which happily we didn’t need in March), and walking poles.  I had never walked with poles before and I had always been skeptical, however I am now a convert. It was like finding an extra gear!  I will definitely be buying some of my own for future hikes.

Great Ocean Walk

The other thing that stood out was the food – it was fantastic!  Fresh, healthy and ensuring we had plenty of energy.  Most days I selected the porridge, served with fruit as a natural sweetener.  There were plenty of snacks for us to choose from, and lunch was a hearty salad with grains, vegetables, proteins, and so much flavour!  We always had canapes before  a delicious two-course meal – I was never disappointed.

Great Ocean Walk

The walking itself was spectacular. We were a group of 10, plus the fabulous Darlene, our guide.  The views were absolutely gorgeous, and Darlene seemed to know everything – flora and fauna, history of the area, geography.  I really liked that even though it was a busy holiday weekend, we barely saw another person at all.  So it was just us and the kangeroos.  And we did see quite a few of them, and even though I’ve seen plenty of kangeroos, it’s always quite a thrill to see them.  One of the things I love about hiking is that you can chat to your walking companions and meet new people, however you can also enjoy some peaceful solitude as you take in the beautiful surrounds.

Great Ocean Walk

The walk culminated at the Twelve Apostles.  There may not be twelve of them but no matter, they really are quite beautiful and special to see.  We were extremely lucky as our walk finished with a short helicopter ride.  What a treat but then again, we had walked 56kms from Camp Cove and it felt like we’d earned it!

The four days just flew by, which no doubt is a sign that it was a wonderful short break.  There wasn’t anything that I would change – views, companions, scenery – it was the perfect break.  After each of these breaks, I am always left with the same thought – how soon can I do this again? But then it’s back to work.

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Views from the air

Great Ocean Walk

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The steps down to Gibson Beach

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Lunch with a view

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Early morning

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I think we interrupted his breakfast!

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