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A long-distance walking break, the Great South West Walk covers approximately 250 km along bush and coastal routes. The track alternates between bush, riverside and the ocean terrain with a better than average chance of meeting native koalas and emus.
Given the vast and sparsely-populated nature of the spaces between Australia’s great cities, it isn’t surprising that there are countless fantastic walks on offer in this pristine corner of the world. The Great South Walk is one of them, leading on a long-distance hike through the countryside surrounding Melbourne.
On this hike you’ll encounter some of the wildlife which Australia is famous for and traverse a massive spread of terrain including volcanic craters and petrified forests. The scope of this trail is massive, so the benefits of having an expert guide within the midst of your group will surely be felt, as will laying your head on a comfortable pillow at the end of each day!
The key aspect which makes this walking tour distinctive from the rest is the sheer scale of the hiking - considering very little fitness is required for this one, the opportunity to explore sandstone caves, forests, freshwater lakes and pristine beaches all within the course of a single week is the mark of a truly great walk.
The wildlife in Australia makes any hike in the country an inspirational trip, and the Great South West Walk is no exception. During your time on the walk you’re almost certain to come across koalas, emus and kangaroos around the volcanic Kanawinka Geopark, but you will also get to do a bit of whale and seal watching during your time here.
When packing for this tour, one thing you won’t want to leave behind is your camera. Each day is filled with new things to marvel over - some favourites include the picturesque village of Port Fairy (also the first overnight stop on the tour) and the deserted Discovery Bay beach and its coastal lagoons. The final checkpoint, Bridgie Beach, is also a highly recommended coastal beauty spot and here you’ll have the opportunity for a spot of swimming in the crystal clear Australian waters.
The walking on this tour is very easy going and close to populated areas, as such this would make a fantastic nature holiday for families and the elderly alike. Fantastic views are available with a chance to see a lot of Australia’s national heritage and wildlife, so there is something for everyone here.
However, as mentioned above certain lodgings do not have private bathrooms which may not appeal to everyone (private bathrooms for every night of the tour can be made available - see pricing information.) Also, you never stray too far from the beaten track so those looking for a more untamed walk may wish to check out some of our wilder tours in the region.
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