The formal Great Ocean Walk is now 104 kms long; starts at Apollo Bay and runs to within view of the 12 Apostles. Weave through beautiful National Parks, walk deserted beaches and gaze over pristine marine sanctuaries.
Step on and off the trail with convenience; you can sample the differing aspects of the total walk by taking short, manageable walks designed in loops.
The start of Shelly Beach circuit walk is a only a 10 minute drive south of Apollo Bay and is an easy walk of 45 minutes mixing fern gullies with some wonderful ocean and beach outlooks.
The Otway Lightstation cemetery and lookout walk is a further 20 minute drive from Shelly beach, skirts the cliffs of Cape Otway and will only take you about 40 minutes to complete. Continuing further, the Aire River Escarpment Lookout walk is about 30 minutes further south and illustrates a very different aspect of the coast. It's a medium difficulty walk of 2 hours which leads you along the Aire River Estuary and wetlands, over spectacular sand dunes to the beach.
The Gable Lookout Walk is an hour's drive south from Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road. It's an easy 20 minute walk to the lookout platform built out over the cliffs; one of the most spectacular outlooks anywhere along the Shipwreck Coast.
Wreck Beach walk is near Moonlight Head and is far and away the toughest of the short walks. You descend over 300 steps to the beach, being rewarded at the bottom with a the sight of a number of wrecked ships anchors embedded in the reefs.