Budget Walks using the Great Ocean Walk Bus timetable
Book a self guided walk using our Bus Itinerary of 3, 4, 6 or 7 days, which leaves from outside the Information Centre in Apollo Bay each day and returns each afternoon to Apollo Bay. You book your own accommodation in Apollo Bay.
Please check the bus availability, before you book your accommodation, on the links below. The bus only runs on dates advertised.
The walk is very well sign posted with set walking tracks, so it is easy to navigate. The best time to walk is Sept – end May.
7 Day Walk / Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles / Departs Monday / $350pp 6 Day Walk / Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles / Departs Tuesday / $340pp 4 Day Walk / Apollo Bay to Milanesia / Departs Tuesday / $190pp 4 Day Walk / Cape Otway to 12 Apostles / Departs Thursday / $250
If you require transport on the Great Ocean Walk:
Please call us on 03 5237 1189, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are travelling from Melbourne to Apollo Bay:
Melbourne Southern Cross – Geelong train station – Apollo Bay Info Centre;
‘V-line’ is the best way to come http://www.vline.com.au/home/
This link gives you the timetable. You cannot reserve a seat on this service, but we have never had any report that it was full. There are generally 2 or 3 buses a day. Select for e.g. Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Apollo Bay, and the date you wish to travel, and the relevant bus and train options will be listed.
The train leaves from Melbourne Southern Cross Station (which is from the city centre), and takes approximately an hour to Geelong. A bus waits for the train outside the Geelong train station, which then takes approx 2 hours and 30 minutes along the Great Ocean Road, to Apollo Bay. If you sit on the left hand side of the bus, you will have magnificent views of the ocean and coastline for most of your journey. The bus stops outside the Apollo Bay Information Centre. The approx price is $27pp each way (2015).
Our tip is to check the bus time table from Melbourne to Apollo Bay before you book your flights. This may avoid long wait times at Geelong station as there are usually only three buses per day to Apollo Bay from Geelong station. The buses are very punctual so you can rely on the time table. (The staff are also very helpful if you wish to call them in advance to check times on 136 196).
If you wish to travel back to Melbourne, straight after you finish your walk, please let us know. We will be able to arrange for you to start your days walk earlier than the usual time, so that you can catch the early afternoon ‘V-line’ bus, which is generally around 2.45pm (as of 2013). Please check the time table in advance.
Melbourne Southern Cross – Colac train station – Private transfer to Apollo Bay;
If the times of the bus to Apollo Bay from Geelong train station do not fit well with your arrival times, you can catch the train from Melbourne Southern Cross to Colac train station instead. We can then arrange a transfer from Colac to Apollo Bay. Price of the transfer depends on availability and number of walkers. It is approx $140 for 2 people (2015), with an additional cost for each person travelling.
If you are travelling from Tullamarine/ Melbourne International Airport:
You may catch a taxi to Melbourne Southern Cross Station to catch the v-line train & bus service to Apollo Bay
A shuttle bus (Sky bus) from the airport which leaves approx every 15 minutes to Melbourne Southern Cross Station to catch the v-line train & bus service to Apollo Bay. The sky bus takes approx 20 minutes depending on traffic – Approx $18 one way (2015) http://www.skybus.com.au/ (They can also drop you to a motel in the CBD if required)
The ‘Gull Bus’, which leaves from the airport http://www.gull.com.au/gull_time.shtml
which connects to Geelong train station, to meet the ‘V-line’ bus to Apollo Bay.
You need to book the Gull bus in advance.
The Gull bus takes approx 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on traffic, so please allow plenty of time
– $32 one way (2015). The v-line bus from Geelong to Apollo Bay takes 2 and a half hours, and is approx $17 (2015).
If you are travelling from Avalon Airport to Apollo Bay:
There is a shuttle bus which leaves regularly from the airport, which takes approx 20mins to Geelong train station. The shuttle bus waits for each incoming flight. Please make your way to the shuttle bus information desk in the airport, and they will arrange the shuttle for you. There is a fee (2015) of approx $18 one way. From Geelong train station you can catch the v-line bus to Apollo Bay Information Centre which takes 2 and a half hours, and is approx $1 (2015).
However there are usually only 2 or 3 buses a day from Geelong, so it is best to look at the train timetable first before you book your flight to avoid long waiting times at Geelong train & bus station.
Select for e.g. Geelong train station to Apollo Bay, and the date you wish to travel, and relevant bus options will be listed. If you sit on the left hand side of the bus, you will have magnificent views of the ocean and coastline for most of your journey. The bus stops outside the Apollo Bay Information Centre.
Private car transfers from Melbourne CBD or Avalon:
If you are walking in group, a private transfer may be a more convenient option, and sharing the price of the transfer between a group can make this option quite reasonable.
However, the public transport system is still the cheapest way to travel, and really very reliable.
The private transfer service is subject to availability, but if you are interested please email us and we will check availability and price for you.
Please note: All walkers need to check current bus/train timetables for their own travel arrangements.
Walk 91 take no responsibility for any delays/cancellations of the above mentioned services/ transfer options.
If you are driving along the Great Ocean Rd to Apollo Bay, a suggestion is that you park your car close to the police station in Nelson St whilst you are on your walk. Walk 91 cannot guarantee that your car will be safe, but as yet we have not had any incidents of damage or theft to vehicles.
Please note: Walk 91 will not take any responsibility for the safety of your vehicle. Walk 91 will not take any responsibility for any outcome, resulting from any recommendations given regarding parking locations. Vehicles are left at your own risk.