Track Notes and Information

Track Notes
These notes have been written by a professional guide with the help of many guests. You will find them very helpful. We don’t charge for them but please consider our accommodation and services when doing the walk.

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Great Ocean Walk - History Fact Sheet
• The idea for a coastal walk along the west coast of Victoria was first mooted in 1974.
• A feasibility study for the South Coast Track between Portland and Anglesea incorporating the sections between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell was conducted by the Department of Conservation Forests and Lands, in 1989.

Great Ocean Walk - Construction Fact Sheet

• The alignment of the Great Ocean Walk was designed after review of the extensive environmental, cultural, geotechnical, risk and cost investigations spanning five years, referring to past track marking and involving hundreds of hours of fieldwork.
• 22km of new walking track has been built between 2002 and 2005 by expert track builders.

Great Ocean Walk - General Fact Sheet
• The Great Ocean Walk (GOW) is located between the Great Ocean Road and the sea. It is three hours and 200km west of Melbourne Australia, via Geelong along the coast (B100) or Colac (A1)-over the range.

Otways Fauna List
Here is a comprehensive list of fauna in the Otways put together by the Environmental Management, School of Science and Engineering, University of Ballarat.

Victoria’s south-west will receive a major tourism boost after the Brumby Labor Government today announced the $6.3 million final stage of an upgrade to the iconic Great Ocean Walk to make it more appealing to day-trippers and less experienced walkers.

Speaking today from Logans Beach in Warrnambool, Premier John Brumby said the enhancements would boost tourism, make the 104-kilometre Walk more accessible and provide economic benefits to surrounding towns and cities, including Warrnambool.

“The enhancement and extension of the Great Ocean Walk will provide a world-class nature-based tourist attraction for experienced and inexperienced hikers alike,” Mr Brumby said.   Click here to download a pdf file of the complete press release

Great Ocean Walk Project Update February 2012
February 2012 Update.
Parks Victoria is undertaking works and developing strategies that aim to improve the visitor experience on the Great Ocean Walk. The proposed improvements are reflective of the recommended actions contained in the “Great Ocean Walk Strategic Directions Plan 2009- 2014”, particularly those of Strategic Goal 2: Focussing on experience – developing authentic, memorable and engaging GOW experiences.
Click here to download a pdf file of the complete press release