Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk (Guided 4 Day/3 Night )
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk are passionate about showcasing Victoria’s beautiful coastline and delivering experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Untouched beaches, surprising natural beauty and great diversity, all within three hours of Melbourne. Our walks are well organised, great value for money and delivered to excellent quality and environmental standards - as you would expect from a luxury lodge based walk. Our 4 Day 3 Night Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk covers between 40 and 56km of the 104km trail known as the Great Ocean Walk. We are the only licensed eco-accredited tour operator based along the walk, with the back-up of local staff on call all day, every day to support you out on the trail. Our expert people have incredible local knowledge that is shared with you in authentic exchanges. You will enjoy this genuine adventure with a responsible tourism operator. Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk makes your journey one worth walking for.
Why travel with Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk?
Formerly known as bothfeet, Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk has been continuously operating on the Great Ocean Walk since 2005, just before the trail officially opened. In 2008 we built our own walking lodge with the vision of offering the best hiking facilities available with strong environmental credentials. It has been custom built to support hikers on this world class trail and its midpoint location gives you a superior stay throughout your hike. We operate all aspects of our walks: our lodge, vehicles, food, equipment and staff provide a level of quality control that defines us.
Choosing a guided walk makes your walk more enjoyable and gives you peace of mind when in the bush. Wilderness first aid trained, your guide fine tunes the itinerary to suit walker abilities and daily conditions, and carries a satellite phone, EPIRB emergency beacon and extra water. It’s reassuring to know our emergency back-up is on standby at all times. Gourmet meals, transfers that just know where to meet you, a stunning eco-lodge and great gear provide off the trail highlights. Whether its face towels, walking poles or energy snacks, we have everything on hand to make sure you make it through every last kilometre. On a Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk guided journey, you will share company on the trail and at the lodge with other like-minded travellers, starting as walkers, ending as friends.
A Lodge-Based Walk
By day, the walk immerses you in the natural environment, by night you enjoy the beautiful comforts of the eco certified Twelve Apostles walking lodge. Built in 2008, the lodge is exclusively for walkers and provides a sublime home base for your week away. Designed and built to strict sustainability guidelines, its minimalist feel belies a host of walking specific features. Hot rainwater showers, flushing toilets, travertine bathrooms, foot spas, fresh linen sheets and organic dyed soft furnishings are just for starters. Unpack only once, make our lodge your home; leave your cares in your suitcase and carry only a day pack out on the trail as you enjoy the luxury of the Twelve Apostles Lodge walk.
• Transfer from Melbourne to the lodge day 1
• Transfers to Melbourne from the Twelve Apostles Day 4
• Optional Melbourne airport drop off day 4
• 3 night private lodge stay, all linen and towels
• 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinners
• Daily morning and afternoon tea
• Non-alcoholic drinks
• Walking gear hire
• Daily guided walks, with professional eco-guide
• Vehicle support daily
• All entrance & national park fees
• 12 Apostles scenic helicopter flight
- transport from your home to Melbourne
- alcoholic beverages
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk welcomes children from the age of 12 years and over.
As walking takes place in a national park, no animals can be accommodated on the walk.
Hiking boots or shoes (no runners, tennis or trail running shoes please)
1L Water bottles x 2 (or use our Stainless steel ones)
Long sleeve shirt x 2 (good sun protection)
Warm long sleeved top, fleece or vest x 1
Thermal top x 1
T-Shirts x 2
Long pants x 2 (Please NO Jeans for hiking)
Shorts x 1 pair (especially for summer)
Hiking socks x 3 pairs
Swimmers (summer only)
Small body chamois or towel
Toiletries (note: we provide La Gaia shower products and also sunscreen and insect repellent)
Change of clothes for evening (casual)
Lightweight lodge shoes or sandals (note: we provide crocs for use at the lodge)
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk welcomes single travellers at no single supplement. Single travellers will have a single room with share access to an ensuite bathroom. We endeavour to offer solo travellers a share bathrooms with someone of the same gender.
Accommodation at the Lodge is eco-style. The lodge has ensuite bathrooms, linen and towels provided and mains power. Water is harvested from the roof, stored and treated via ultraviolet sterilisation making is safe to drink.
WALK: Castle Cove to Johanna Beach (Endurance option: walk into the lodge)
Walking time: 4 hours Distance: 7.5km (10.5km) Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 214m (269m) Descent: 236m (270m)
Joining our Melbourne transfer?
7.45am Travelodge Southbank, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000 (Central Departure location for all departures)
Our driver will introduce you to the other walkers before departing for a direct three hour transfer to Twelve Apostles walking lodge at Johanna. A short toilet break will be taken at the midway point of this transfer. Please be dressed ready to walk.
Self Driving to the lodge?
On arrival at Twelve Apostles walking lodge, enjoy morning tea. There will be a walk briefing from your guide, a gear fit out and check and an opportunity to change for those not already in their walking gear. Pack your scrumptious hiker lunch and then it’s a 5 minute transfer to Castle Cove to start your walk. Leaving the Great Ocean Road behind us, the afternoon begins amongst tea-tree with regular cliff top ocean vistas before entering an enchanting grass tree forest. Soon after, drop down onto Johanna Beach for two kilometres of soft sand walking with the ocean only metres from your feet. A great opportunity to take off your boots and enjoy barefoot, just don’t turn your back to the unpredictable waves! Cross Johanna River (may need to take boots off) and make your way to the end of the beach. The choice is yours from here –
it’s an easy 3km stroll back to the lodge or your guide will call for road support to come and get you!
Endurance option (3km): Walk into to lodge.
WALK: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head (Endurance option: Johanna Beach start)
Walking time: 8 hours Distance: 12.5km (20.5km) Rating: Hard
Ascent: 711m (1052m) Descent: 714m (898m)
The most challenging day on the trail, you will be rewarded with the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Walk – ‘the wild side’. Take a winding path that leads from Milanesia Gate down through the forest to beautiful Milanesia Beach. After a gentle beach stroll, we turn upwards for a short, but steep climb that sets the tone for the trail ahead. The trail is dissected by gullies before a gradual climb, which delivers fabulous views back over Milanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalypts dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. The trail continues in a westerly direction until a steady climb leads us out of the forest and into Ryans Den campsite. Be rewarded with superb views of the coast to both Cape Volney and Cape Otway; an ideal place to reflect on your journey so far. The walk from here rises and falls many times as it parallels the coastline before cutting along the ridge behind Cape Volney, providing breathtaking views, this time to the west. A final seated look out provides a magnificent vantage point, only 100 metres from today’s endpoint. Endurance option (8km): Start early at Johanna Beach and traverse the rolling green hills of the Johanna valley, past some very happy cows and ‘roos. Stretch out on a country lane as it rises to the highest point of the Great Ocean Walk.
WALK: Gables to Princetown (Endurance option: Moonlight Head start)
Walking time: 7 hours Distance: 13km (17.5km) Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 267m (377m) Descent: 388m (537m)
It’s a 30 minute transfer to The Gables lookout, one of mainland Australia’s highest cliff top lookouts. Tide dependent, you will drop onto Wreck Beach and continue through to a lovely lunch spot past Devil’s Kitchen overlooking the Apostles in the distance. Wilder days will give an insight into the cauldron-like ocean at this part of the coast. A high tide option combines coastal scrub with forest and walks through Devil’s Kitchen campsite. Stunning coastal views to the west this afternoon provide the incentive to keep moving forward. The topography and geology change from sandstone to limestone and its associated coastal flora. This afternoon is gentle walking that finishes at the Gellibrand River, nearby the sleepy hamlet of Princetown, a chance for a swim if weather permits. Your driver will meet you at the river and transfer you back to Twelve Apostles walking lodge for a well deserved dinner and a relaxing final evening.
Endurance option (4.5km): The first four and half kilometres gently meander through native stringybark forest providing a contrast to the coast, concluding with a rise into the Gables.
WALK: Princetown to The Twelve Apostles
Walking time: 3 hours Distance: 8km Rating: Moderate
Ascent: 218m Descent: 164m
Enjoy your final morning at Twelve Apostles walking lodge. After another scrumptious breakfast, there’s a final pack up, check out and lodge farewell as we again head west to Princetown. If self driving, we’ll help you relocate your car to the 12 Apostles car park before returning to Princetown to complete your last walk to these fabulous natural wonders. The Apostles emerge on slow reveal as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. There is a viewing lookout exclusively for walkers before the final stretch of trail into the 12 Apostles Visitors Centre. You’ve made it! Now take to the skies with a stunning ten minute 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of this amazing coast. We’ll then move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch before returning to Melbourne. Melbourne Drop offs? Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk offers an airport drop off on the last day. Tullamarine drop off time: 5pm for flights from 6pm. Melbourne CBD (Travelodge Southbank)
drop off is by 5.30pm.