Location: Apollo Bay
Event Name:Great Ocean Track
Leader Iris Joss
Start Date: 08/09/2018 07:00
Finish Date:13/09/2018 15:30
Member Participants: 3
Guest Participants: 0
Distance/Time: 104 km
Rating:Grade 3 - Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps
Points of Interest: The Lot
Mobile phone reception: almost all the time
Event Report: Great Ocean Track 104 km
The best time would have to be in spring when all the flowers are in bloom, especially the wattles.
Sometimes the track is like walking thorough a wattle tunnel, sprayed with perfume.
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In summer it would get pretty hot on the exposed sections.
We booked this through Walk 91 it was very well organised , the best way for those who do not carry a heavy pack.
At some points there is a high and low tide rout, check the tide before heading off.
The whole Track is very well sign posted. There are also a lot of benches to rest and enjoy the view.
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Day 1 from Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay 22 km
Up and down through coastal heath and a very beautiful forest, where we spotted 5 koalas. We got picked up Blanket Bay and driven to Bimbi Park for 2 nights. For the 3 of us we had 2, 2 bedroom cabins fully self contained.
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Day 2 we got picked up and driven back to Blanket Bay for our 11 +km to Cape Otway Beautiful walk thorough coastal forest a short Beach walk and the Parker river crossing. An interesting visit to the Otway Lighthouse, which opened in 1848 and is Australias oldest working lighthouse. We walked back to Bimbi Park from the lighthouse.
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Day 3, 18.5 km to Castle Cove.
Had an early start as we could walked out of our Accommodation, and again beautiful bush and coastal Heath which offered stunning views down to the beach and the cliffs. We walked in to our Accommodation, a B+ B, had the whole house to our self's, open fire place, big kitchen Nespresso Machine etc...
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Day 4, 16 km from Castle cove to Milanesia Gate
We walked out of our accommodation early again. Along clifftops with breath taking views.and later a 2 km beach walk with the Johanna river crossing. For the crossing we put socks on and then in to our watershoes. The timing was perfect, low tide. The rest of the beach to the lookout was an easy stroll in the water shoes. The lookout high above on a timber platform is the best place to change back in to the boots. Off came the shoes and the socks and the feet where instant dry and no sand on them. ( Sand in the socks and hiking boots can give nasty blisters, and they hurt)
The next bit was all along some dirt road with good views of farmland and later the ocean. A lot is trough a forest. The NT Park is triyng to find a way closer to the coast.
We got picket up at the gate and had an other surprise as we walked in to the Cabin. 2 bedroom 2 bad room large lounge, wood heater, kitchen spa beautiful......fit for 3 Queens!!!
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Day 5,18 km from the Milanese Gate to the Gables
Today we where glad not to do our one car shuffle. As we got driven to the start there was a ginormous tree across the track, Andrew simply called the competition from auswalk who append to live a short way on the other side of the tree. So we tried first to push it away...but the 3 of us did not have the muscle power. It was easier to climb trough and drive to the gate.
A very beautiful section all the way down to the beach, glad for auswalk we would have had to miss this. A short 300 meter sand walk and we enjoyed an other stunning day, Cliffs, beautiful forest, board walk to protect the grass tree's, definitely not to be missed.
Andrew was very nice an let us have a lot of time before picking us up.
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Day 6, 19.5 km from the Gables to the 12 Apostles.
Up and down thorough different vegetation with stunning views.
Even if the Apostles would not be at the end of the 104 km, the walk is worth doing. We have seen so much beautify scenery through out the 6 days, the motorist who drive along the great ocean road only get to see a miniature glimpse of it.20180909_105316
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