Here are some of our most commonly asked questions, as well as a few that you may not have thought of but will help with your preparations. Don’t be shy. If there are other queries you have, odds are that someone else has asked it before.
Where is the lodge?
The lodge is located at 70 Stafford Road, Johanna, VIC AUSTRALIA.
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude -38.747 Longitude 143.395
Will I need special shoes?
We require all walkers to have solid, closed toe walking shoes or hiking boots, preferably with ankle support. Sports shoes, trainers or runners are not suitable to complete these walks.
Can I still travel with a pre-existing medical condition?
In most cases, yes. Out of courtesy to us and your fellow walkers, we require you to disclose any pre existing medical forms to us at time of booking. Some medical conditions require your doctor’s approval, but medical conditions won’t stop you from walking.
What do I have to carry each day?
You carry only a day pack containing up to two litres of water, a weather proof jacket, lunch and any personal items such as a camera and sunglasses. The hire of a day pack is included in the price of your walk.
Can’t I walk these trails on my own?
Of course you can. But most people just don’t get around to it! We can organise everything for you, including transfers from Melbourne CBD, excellent lodge accommodation, delicious things to eat along the way. You don’t carry your luggage, just water, your lunch, your camera and a sense of curiosity.
What will I need to bring?
Thermals may seem silly in the middle of Summer, but don’t be tempted to leave them behind. The weather along the Great Ocean Walk can be changeable, no matter what time of year you travel. For a complete list of what you need to bring and what we supply see our Gear List in the “Downloads” section above.
What if my travelling partner is less active than I am?
All our journeys can be enjoyed at your own leisurely pace. On a guided journey our guides will only walk as fast as the slowest person, and there is always time to stop and take photographs, look at the flora and fauna or have a snack and a drink some where unique along the way. Non walkers are able to stay at the lodge during the day with a good book and their feet up. Lunch will be made available for those who choose to do so.
How far will we walk each day?
We walk between 11 and 19km per day. There are options to walk more or less on some days. Just speak with your guides.
How can I contact Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk?
You can phone us, email us, fax us, post something to us or even drop in and see us (by arrangement!). Or our contact us area has all the details.
Are hair dryers, shampoo and conditioner supplied in the rooms?
Yes, yes and yes.
Are there power points in the rooms to recharge batteries?
Can I bring a suitcase with me? Is there a luggage limit?
We recommend small suitcases or wheeled soft bags of no more than 20kg, due mainly to the space available in the van if using our Melbourne transfers. Of course if you are self driving, there’s no limit to what you bring. Being a lodge based walk, you only carry a day pack each day, and the rest of your luggage stays safely in your room.
Can I bring my own walking gear if I have it?
Absolutely. If you have a favourite pack, water bottle, Goretex jacket, etc, you are welcome to bring your own.
Do I need to be really fit?
No, you don’t. Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk walks aren’t designed for pro athletes. If you already walk for fitness, swim a little, play golf or regularly climb a few stairs you will manage our walks with ease. We aren’t out to set personal bests in distance; we just believe that walking is the best way to see some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. We walk an average of 12-15km per day and most days will have an option to walk half days.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend everyone that travels with us has travel insurance.
How do I get to the lodge from Melbourne?
Most people elect to use our complimentary transfers from Melbourne. We pick up from one central location in Southbank area on Day 1, and return you there again on Day 4.
You can of course self drive on a guided walk as well. Please contact us if this is your plan. Parking is available at the lodge for your car, and unfortunately, we can’t provide a refund for the unused Melbourne transfers.
Is there a television or DVD player?
What phone number can I give to my family or work in case of emergency?
1300 767 416 or + 61 3 5237 4299 are the best numbers to give out. Our lodge staff can take messages and get in touch with our guides or you on the trail in the event of an emergency.
Will I have mobile coverage and WiFi?
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk walking lodge has mobile coverage with Telstra NextG. Phones serviced by other carriers will not get coverage much outside Geelong on Day One. Important phone calls can be arranged using the lodge landline on request. There is WiFi access available on a complimentary basis for checking emails and using skype, but we appreciate no excessive up or downloading during your stay (no movies and uploading / downloading video please).
Will I be talking about this walk experience for years to come?
More than likely. So don’t plan anything too exciting directly afterwards because nothing compares to the moment of triumph you will experience as you finish your walk at the foot of the apostles.