We first heard about Walk 91 in an add or article in a weekend magazine or newspaper, early 2012. Our itinerary was excellent, we were delighted to have a busy day’s walk to then go to a B&B and not have to think about anything else.We felt almost ‘spoilt’.
We felt that the walk each day was achievable and realistic, and there was plenty of room for choice – i.e, will we swim or not, at a given beach etc
What could Walk 91 do to improve walking package? Not much! It was completely suitable for us, and our requirements. Mark was attentive and clearly well informed at our meeting just prior to departure, we were very confident in the preparation. Nancy was also attentive and helpful in the lead up. …….We really valued the Great Ocean Walk notes, and the map, which was very informative. Mobile reception information was also important, this we used to make confirmation calls etc.
Walk 91 sign posts in good condition, and easy to see. Not enough room here to say how thrilled we are with the walk. We loved the ever-changing scenery and the contrast in the environment. The coast line is famous for it’s wild beauty and we weren’t disappointed, especially as the conditions were usually calm and the sea quite calm too. Because of this we enjoyed cooling off as much as possible, in the different beaches – although didn’t ‘swim’, as it’s too rough. We enjoyed the different flora and fauna and the pamphlets were well used in identifying most things. We loved the forest walks the most, the cool gullies and leafy pathways – just beautiful.
I’m not much of a climber and found the ‘up-hills’ very manageable as there is plenty of ‘recovery’ time along the flats, or going back down hill.
The maps and walk notes were a true indication of hards/easy etc, and we found it very manageable. The cliff views were of course spectacular and we were delighted at every turn. The only unpleasant part of the walk, was the very last 5 km approx, the hard gravel path was pretty hard on tired feet, and not very inspiring walking through scrub, and the wind was whipping us on that day. We were rewarded with the views to the apostles and our completion!To improve the walk Parks Victoria could….. Keep the maintenance contractors up to date at some points on the path, where large thistles and overgrowth made it both painful, and in some places, dangerous as we couldn’t see where we were stepping. Mostly the path was in great condition. Keep pushing the information to walker ]s about carrying water- perhaps in different languages, particularly around the light house as many day walkers were around that area.
Our tips for future walkers would be…… Can’t emphasise enough the importance of carrying water. I was shocked to see some walkers- especially tourists not carrying any water or wearing suitable clothing or hat.. My walking tip- carry some barley sugars and pop one just before a climb! Wear swimwear under walk clothes so you can cool off, especially at Aire river.
Joanne Steel Jan 2013