Monika and Dieter
We learned of the Great Ocean Walk in documentation on German television. After a Google-research we found the homepage of Walk 91 where we discovered very interesting and detailed info of the GOW. The booking via Walk 91 was very easy. The briefing at the beginning of the five-day walk by Mark was very comprehensive and informative. The same is true for all the information material, including track notes, info about animals and fauna and the meeting point of every days walk. The GPS-emergency-bieper and the telstar-phone provided by Walk 91 gave us some peace of mind.
The accommodations selected by Walk 91 were incredible good. The hosts were very friendly and sympatric and we really liked the family-like atmosphere. The hosts also told us much about the people and the culture of Australia. Breakfast, afternoon tea with cake, and diner, as well as, the lunch pack were delicious.
Our driver was always on time at the meeting points and gave us useful information about the daily tour at the beginning of every day. Thanks to the excellent track notes and maps the meeting points were easy to find.
The GOW is very well sign-posted and for people with a good fitness level easily doable I five days.
Day two and four were the hardest ones for us. On day two the length was hard with 22k and on day four we had to do a lot of altitude. Furthermore, the track had tough conditions because of the rain from the day before.
Our advice for fellow hikers, who want to do the GOW in August or September: absolutely essential good hiking boots and waterproof clothing. Essential is also to make sure that you have enough time on the last day to take few breaks to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful landscape around the Twelve Apostle.
Very impressive for us Europeans were the wide landscapes and the many Kangaroos that were absolutely not shy. Also the cute Koalas and the colourful birds – a real adventure for people who love nature. A big topic for us were snakes, fortunately we only saw one in all five days of the hike, this one, however, right in front of us!
We recommend the team of Walk 91 to all hikers and would be happy to book again the next time.
Monika and Dieter