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A set of interlocking anchors rusting in the rock pools on Wreck Beach is the only reminder that the southern coastline of Victoria is as dangerous as it is dramatic. The blue-green surf relentlessly pounds against the succession of headlands along The Great Ocean Walk, a long-distance coastal track linking Apollo Bay in the east with the Twelve Apostles at its western end. Over six days, your feet carry you across 91km of vast, golden sand beaches, open heath and grasslands, into native forests and remnant pockets of coastal rainforest, and on to the famed Apostles, of which only eight are still standing. There’s no shortage of wildlife either; if it’s not the scrub hens, crimson rosellas, fairy wrens and sea eagles winging their way overhead, then it’s the plentiful koalas curled in the forks of favoured eucalypts that vie for attention.
Spectacular? Yes. Difficult? Not for a regular walker. And at the end of each day there’s something quite civilised about ditching the hiking boots and tucking into a sumptuous meal before diving into under a comfy doona at the new Bothfeet Walking Lodge.
Brag Factor // Slow down and see the world at walking pace along a majestic, but oft-overlooked, coastline.
Details // Tour by Bothfeet, $2795 per person twin-share, includes transfers, meals and accom. (03) 5334 0688, www.bothfeet.com.au