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Triplet Falls

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Location: Triplet Falls

Great Ocean Walk - at low tide

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Location: Johanna Beach

Aire River - Great Ocean Walk

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Location: Aire River West

Sandy beach: Great Ocean Walk - at low tide

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Location: Johanna Beach

Lush green ferns

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Location: Triplet Falls

Blanket Bay, Great Ocean Walk - at low tideGreat Ocean Walk - at low tide

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Blanket Bay

Triplet Falls

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Triplet Falls

Great Ocean Walk

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Great Ocean Walk

Change of conditions

  • Winter storms continue to impact track conditions on the Great Ocean Walk. Read the winter safety information sheet here. at Great Ocean Walk
    Friday 11 July, 2014 |
  • The flats at Aire River West Campground are closed to drive-in camping due to wet conditions. 12 drive-in campsites are currently available. at Aire River West
    Monday 2 June, 2014 |
  • Sand Road is closed from 1 July to 31 October 2014. During this time Aire River West remains accessible to vehicles via Horden Vale Road and the Sand Road bridge. The bridge has a 2 ton and 2.1m height limit until further notice. at Aire River West
    Monday 2 June, 2014 |
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Camping
Canoeing
Dog walking
Fishing
Long walk / Multi day walk
Picnicking
Short walk
Surfing
Camp fires

Great Ocean Walk

There are some sections of the Great Ocean Walk that are accessible for visitors with mobility limitations and for families with strollers. These sections vary in level of difficulty and are dependent on the type of mobility equipment used. Visitors to the Great Ocean Walk are required to travel in an east to west direction. 

Many sections of the Great Ocean Walk are unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers due to steepness and the presence of many steps. Some sections of the walk are also unsuitable due to very loose beach sand, river crossings and intertidal zones.

The most accessible sections of the Great Ocean Walk are:

  • Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre to Marengo Caravan Park; 
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse car Park to Aire River Camp Ground; 
  • Gibson Steps to Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre.

Maits Rest

  • The forest walk has sections of raised boardwalk, compacted soil and aggregate.
  • Some steep sections lack handrails.
  • There are excellent interpretive signs along the path.
  • Vehicle access to this site is excellent, and the area around the car park is free of obstacles.
  • There are no picnic or toilet facilities. The closest are at Apollo Bay or the Aire River Camping area.

Blanket Leaf Picnic Area (and Erskine Falls)

  • Blanket Leaf Picnic Area has accessible picnic tables, and some shelter.
  • There are toilet facilities near the car park, though the designated accessible facility does not meet all access criteria.
  • Erskine Falls is a short drive (approx 2km) from Blanket Leaf Picnic Area.
  • There is a walk from the car park to the falls, but no facilities at this site.
  • The path up to the falls viewing area is quite steep with uneven steps and a loose gravel surface.

Distillery Creek Picnic Area

  • This accessibility information refers to the picnic area closest to the toilet facility, which is generally the more accessible of the two areas at Distillery Creek.
  • The ground is generally flat but covered with leaf litter, and has some uneven surfaces.
  • The accessible toilet across the road meets some access criteria.
  • The Distillery Creek Nature Trail shows a diversity of plant life and is reasonably accessible.

Moggs Creek Picnic Area

  • Moggs Creek Picnic Area is on reasonably flat ground in a natural setting.
  • There are no formal paths around the site.
  • The toilets are across the road from the picnic area.
  • Access to the toilet is restricted by a narrow main door, but otherwise it meets many criteria for access.
  • The Moggs Creek walking circuit leaves from the picnic area and takes about 30 minutes.
  • There is a lookout bay on the Great Ocean Road near this picnic area.

Sheoak Falls carpark

  • Sheoak Falls carpark has a good smooth surface and good circulation.
  • The tracks nearby are not so accessible as they have steep sections and steps.
  • There are no picnic facilities or toilets on site. The nearest facilities are in Lorne.

Sheoak Picnic Area

  • Sheoak Picnic Area has good picnic facilities including gas barbecues.
  • The surface is rough, and there are no formal paths.
  • There is a designated accessible toilet facility that meets most criteria for access, although the approach is over a loose surface.

Detailed accessibility information

A detailed accessibility assessment was completed in 2014 of:

  • Aire River West - day visitor area and campground
  • Blanket Bay campground
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Johanna Beach - day visitor area and campground
  • Shelly Beach
  • Triplet falls

For photos and more information, click on the links below.

All-terrain wheelchair

There is an all terrain wheelchair, called a TrailRider, owned and managed by the Surf Coast Shire that is available for park visitors with mobility difficulties. The chair can be…

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Aire River West

Aire River West is a big, flat and open camping area on the western side of the Aire River. It's a good place for large groups to camp. It has…

Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay Camping This campsite has sheltered sites near the beach. There are fireplaces and toilets provided. Advance bookings and payment are required year round. Peak season bookings Summer, Labour…

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Visit Cape Otway Lightstation

Only 14 km from the Great Ocean Road, this extensive complex includes the oldest surviving officially built lighthouse on the Australian mainland. Specialist tours - Cape Otway Lightstation (must be…

Johanna Beach

Nestled among the sand dunes, Johanna Beach is a good spot for camping with dogs, caravaning, picknicking and walking. Surfing is also popular here. There are 50 grassy campsites at…

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is one of many beautiful places in the Great Otway National Park to picnic. Shelly Beach Circuit Walk Distance: 2.4km circuit This is a great short walk. Starting…

Triplet Falls

Triplet Falls is one of the iconic visitor sites in the Great Otway National Park. Nestled amongst the ancient forests of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech, you will discover three…

Great Ocean Walk

Walk Victoria's icons The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long-distance walk extending east to west, just over 100km, between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The…

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