Great Ocean Road
Ecoturism

Call it ecotourism. It’s here. Call it adventure tourism. That’s here too. Call it sustainable tourism. Check.
Call it nature-based tourism. Ditto. W
e have beaches, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, hills, forests, trails and tracks. What you do with them is up to you. We guarantee you there’s plenty to do, provided you respect the country we’ve made our home. The Otways formed 130 million years ago; sea changes brought the coast to the Otways maybe 30 million years ago; indigenous Australians have lived with the land for the last 10,000 years at least; European settlement is not yet 200 years old. Out of that came the Great Ocean Road. Together these events have brought to you the region you’ve come to visit. Walk, hike, ride, fish, fly, glide, swim, surf, sail: do one, do them all, but what do they say? Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints. This place is so beautiful it’s sure to have a huge impact on you. We ask in return that you leave no impact on it. For us, for you, for others, for ever.

 

GREAT OCEAN WALK

Officially opened in December 2005, the Great Ocean Walk is the result of millions of years of planning by nature and five years of joining the dots by Parks Victoria. It’s here to stay for you to come here to stay … and wander. The walk is designed to be a “step on and step off” trail for the 91kms it follows from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, adjacent to the Twelve Apostles (or Nine, however many there are left now.) That means you don’t have to take the whole walk to be part of the experience. Planners have provided 11 “Decision Points” for you to plot your own course. They are short walks of varying difficulty and intensity to break up the trek. Along the way are seven hike-in campsites and four drive-in campsites.

For a quick taste of how good the whole walk is, try the drive-in campsite at Johanna Beach. Unbeatable. For good reasons, Parks Victoria directs walkers to always travel east to west. Parks people don’t want to overload hikers with rules and laws, especially when the idea is to enjoy the freedoms of the bush, but everyone has to be responsible for themselves and to others. That’s a big part of being an ecotourist. Hand in hand with responsibility is respect, a mighty word that goes a long way. In this case, 91kms. Respect the bush, the beach, the indigenous heritage (found around Cape Otway and Parker River) and other walkers. It’s not hard. It comes with the territory.


 
 
 
 

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Ron Kintsher

Ron lives in Yuuglong on the Great Ocean Road. He wanted people to enjoy what he loves about the Otways, so he created Seatree Cottages. He wanted these buildings to add to that sense of place, and not be just something that he “knocked up”. more>>