Dana could endlessly wax lyrical about the majesty of the Great Ocean Road, but ultimately she believes the best way to experience the coastline is to walk it. And by walking it, she means the 104-kilometre seven-day, six-night Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.
If that seems like a bit much, you can try one of the smaller sections, like the 52-kilometre four-day, three-night 12 Apostles Walk. The Great Ocean Walk offers exclusive, hiker-only access to parts of the coast not previously open to tourists.
'The Great Ocean Walk delivers a 'behind the curtain' experience of one of the world's great drives. It's a dedicated trail, separate from the road, and covers world-class, moderate-graded hiking all the way to the 12 Apostles. Walking it makes people slow down and see the coastline for all its detailed glory: The flora, the fauna, the markings left by Indigenous Australians, the stories and the freshness of the air.'
Each day of the walk covers a range of terrain from beaches to cool climate rainforest, exposed cliff tops and thick coastal heath, combined with comfortable lodge accommodation and creature comforts to boot.