Mandy Fitz- Great Ocean Walk
Mandy Fitz – Great Ocean Walk
I had been researching the Great Ocean Walk online when my sister gave me a brochure from Walk91 she had picked up either from your shop or the Information Centre over the road. As my plan was just to walk each day – no camping and no cooking – it gave me some easy options.
I thought the itinerary was great. The only decisions I had to make was how many days I wanted to walk over, catered or non-catered and the style of accommodation. I was looking for something that was already organised and this was.
I think the Great Ocean Walk package is perfect as it is. There are lots of options and something that will suit most people.
The accommodation owners – they were all fantastic. Both Frank & Katrina and Andrew & Maria were extremely welcoming and friendly. All the meals were amazing and I felt very spoilt. The Great Ocean Walk accommodations themselves were also great – beautiful locations, comfortable, great facilities – great places to relax after a day of walking.
There was no difficulty in finding the meeting spots each day as I had the photos as a guide as well as a set location.
I really enjoyed the walk. Apart from a bit of humidity and some rain on the first day I was lucky enough to have near perfect weather. I walked on my own the first 2 days which I enjoyed and then during the afternoons of the next 4 days I walked with my sister and 13 month old nephew – which I also enjoyed. The scenery was amazing, the well placed seats much appreciated, lots of bird and wildlife along the way – a beautiful area of the world.
I think the Great Ocean Walk is amazing as it is. It is obviously well maintained and clearly marked. There was only one occasion on the first day when I would have liked an extra marker – just to confirm I was on the right track. The only other day was day 5 – the morning section of the walk. It was quite a hard morning and even just one sign half or three quarters of the way along to let people know how much further to Moonlight Head would be great.
My tips: Just enjoy yourself:) Appreciate the amazing coast that we have, enjoy the scenery and leave only footprints as you pass by.
Thank-you to Walk91 for the fantastic pre-walk information. The track notes were extremely useful and the background information of the walk was great to read. The breakdown for each day gave a good guide to what to expect each day – both distance and degree of difficulty. I had a wonderful time and discovered some places I can visit again and spend some more time exploring.