THURS: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Milanesia Gate to 12 Apostles (Approx 38km) Departs Thursday 7AM

THURS: 2 Day Self-Guided Walk Tour. Milanesia Gate to 12 Apostles (Approx 38km) Departs Thursday 7AM
From AUD $348.00
  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: 2MG THURS

2 Days Milanesia to the 12 Apostles 38KM

Experience the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Walk, whilst basing yourself in the beautiful foothills of Apollo Bay.

1. Walk with the Locals:

  • Gain insights into the hidden gems and secrets of the Great Ocean Road from our seasoned local experts.

  • With nearly two decades of helping walkers safely explore the Great Ocean Walk, you can trust us to provide a safe and authentic experience.

2. Local Support and Safety:

  • Walk with confidence, knowing that local assistance is always nearby.

  • Stay seamlessly connected through designated communication points.

  • Receive daily updates on trail conditions, tides, and more.

  • Rest easy with a comprehensive packing list and secure walk recommendations.

3. Comprehensive Walk Resources:

  • Dive deep into the journey with access to detailed walking and historical notes, enriched by videos and insights.

  • Gain walking advice from our founder, Mark Kininmonth, an ex-Parks Victoria ranger who helped build the track.

  • Navigate effortlessly with the official Great Ocean Walk Map.

4. Choose Your Walking Experience:

  • Tailor your adventure to your preferences, selecting your start date.

  • Revel in the freedom to meet like-minded hikers whilst exploring this magnificent trail, or savor solitude; the choice is yours!

5. Lighten Your Load:

  • Walk backpack-free and carry only a small day pack with essentials.

  • Enjoy the freedom of exploring without the burden of luggage.

6. Connect and Reconnect:

  • Base yourself in Apollo Bay for a seamless experience.

  • Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind to reconnect with nature on this world famous trail.

  • Meet up with friends or family in the afternoons to share stories of your adventures.

  • Cool off and enjoy Apollo Bay’s 'swimming
    beach' in the afternoons. (Most beaches on the trail are not safe for

7. Accommodation Freedom:

  • Choose accommodations that match your budget and preferences.

  • Optimise accommodation savings by booking multiple night stays.

  • Or bring your caravan and set up in local caravan parks for added convenience.

8. Culinary Delights:

  • Savor the town's culinary delights for breakfast and dinner.

  • Explore local cafes and supermarkets for an authentic dining experience.

  • Alternatively, pack a yummy lunch from Apollo Bay's locally owned bakery for your hike.

9. Your Support, Our Commitment:

  • Your participation contributes to our local community and the environment.

  • We proudly support our local football and netball clubs, nurturing a close-knit community.

  • We also provide financial assistance to Wildlife Wonders, championing animal and plant conservation.

  • Additionally, we make monthly donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Embark on a journey of challenge; get away from it all and re-connect with loved ones or enjoy meeting fellow explorers. Immerse yourself in amazing views, stunning scenery, and encounters with Australian wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable Great Ocean Road adventure!


  • Experience for 2 to 10 Guests.

  • Spacious Van or Minibus for Your Comfort.

  • 4 Transfers/Shuttles Picking You Up from The Apollo Bay Information Centre.

  • A Walk Briefing Including Updates on Decision Points, Text Points and Tide and Swell Conditions.

  • Walking and Historical Notes as a convenient PDF upon booking, ready for printing or downloading.

  • A Digital Notebook for a Smartphone, Including Videos and Audio, Highlighting Points of Interest on The Track. (The link for this will be sent just before your tour commences with any current updates applied).

  • The Official Great Ocean Walk Map.

  • Complimentary Use of a PLB - Personal Locator Beacon in case of an emergency (one per booking).

  • Complimentary Use of Walking Poles. 



[Or stop walking at Moonlight at 12KM. Note - waiting times incurred. We will need to collect the other walkers at The Gables first before we return to Apollo Bay.]

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: Milanesia Gate 8AM.
4PM Bus transfer from ‘The Gables’ Beach. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.

The trail starts by descending onto the rugged shoreline of Milanesia Beach. Stop and marvel at the stunning rock formations and think of Charles Joseph La Trobe who was ordered by his superintendent in 1846 to find a route from here to Cape Otway through this rugged landscape!

As the track rises back to the cliff tops you are presented with outstanding views from the coastal forests, high on the sea cliffs. Take the time to look back at how far you have already walked, and rest at Ryans Den campground. But, before you leave, be sure to check out some of the campsite locations for some amazing views.

Walking on you will pass the ‘Lost Apostle’ – a rather phallic rock formation standing surprisingly all alone. From Moonlight Head the track winds along boardwalks and tracks lined with fern trees. As this is quite a sheltered area, you will likely see more wildlife here than before with wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas rustling in the bushes. Walk on through the blue gums, ending amongst the heath at the breathtaking Gables Lookout.


[Or stop walking at Princetown at 13.5KM. Note - waiting times incurred. You will still have enough time to see the 12 Apostles. We will need to collect the other walkers at The 12 Apostles first before we return to Apollo Bay.]

7AM Bus transfer from Apollo Bay. ETA: ‘The Gables’ 8AM        
3.30PM Bus transfer from 12 Apostles. ETA: Apollo Bay 5PM.

You will now be transported back in time to discover the shipwreck history of this unforgiving and rugged section of coast. Your last day will start with a walk through the Sheoak trees, dropping down onto Wreck Beach (tide permitting). Marvel at the old anchors rising out of the sand from the lost shipwrecks of the ‘Fiji’ and the ‘Marie Gabrielle’ and stop and think of the many lives lost at sea. Hike on towards the Gellibrand estuary and as the track climbs up to the last section of the walk you will see the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance.

This is an exciting and memorable part of your walk as you slowly watch the 12 Apostles grow larger and more impressive as the end of your walk approaches. The vegetation starts to change into scrub, wedged deeply in the rocky limestone, and if the tide permits you can walk down ‘Gibsons Steps’ to enjoy amazing sea-level views of the 12 Apostles. At the end of your walk you will enjoy celebrating your great achievement, taking photos from the official 12 Apostles viewing platform. This is a truly memorable walk and an experience you will never forget!

Please note you will not be back in Apollo Bay in time to catch the early afternoon vline bus out of Apollo Bay, so please book an additional night’s accommodation in Apollo Bay if you have not travelled here by car/private vehicle.



Please read our full terms and conditions.

Please note for 1 walker: This service requires 2 people or more to run. If you are a single walker booking this service and receive a ‘booking pending’ email it means that you are the first walker to book this bus itinerary on your chosen date. As soon as we have other walkers confirmed for this date, we will contact you to confirm the trip is running and to check if you still wish to proceed with your booking.

Please check the tour dates advertised are confirmed BEFORE you book your accommodation in Apollo Bay / flights/ travel arrangements (especially if you are only 1 person walking alone).

To be fair to other walkers we must depart at the advertised times. Our bus departs from and returns to the Apollo Bay Information Centre.

You book and pay for your own accommodation and food.

We recommend that you prepare/ train for the walk. Only book this tour if you are confident that you are walking within your means and can meet us at the advertised pick-up times each day.
This tour is suitable for those who can walk approx 3kms per hour and can walk for extended distances, carrying only a small day pack and including breaks (the length of which are at your discretion depending on your walking pace). If you are a very fast walker or very slow-paced walker, please contact us for alternative tour suggestions.

Please wear appropriate clothing: e.g. sunscreen/ hat, waterproof rain jacket, comfortable ‘worn in’ walking shoes or boots, and bring a 2 - 3 litre refillable water bottle and a packed lunch. We will provide more detailed packing list on booking, but these items listed are essential for an enjoyable walk.

A Telstra phone is highly recommended on this walk as Telstra offer the best reception by far on the Great Ocean Walk trail. (Telstra sim cards are available in Aldi in advance of your arrival in Apollo Bay.) We will issue you with ‘TEXT’ points to check in with us as your day progresses. 

In the case of extreme emergency please ensure that you have travel insurance and that your ambulance registration is up to date (for residents of Australia).

CHILDREN: Parents or guardians must accompany Children under 16 years old. Infants are not able to book a seat. The standard adult fare for a Ticket/booking applies to children – minimum age 10. Child seats are not available.