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Auswalk Great South West Walk - Self Guided Inn-to-Inn Walking Holiday

Cape Nelson Road, Portland West, Victoria, 3305

Auswalk Walking Holidays shows you one of Victoria's best kept secrets. A 250 kilometre continuous loop track that includes dramatic coastlines, the joy of walking beside a meandering river and remote bushland full of wildlife, bird and native flowers. It is promoted as a Symphony in Four Movements. This walk is in south west Victoria near the border of South Australia.

Hike the magnificent three Capes, Cape Nelson, Cape Bridgewater and Cape Sir William Grant. Enjoy the Glenelg river with its spectacular limestone gorge. Walk up and over Mount Richmond, a small peak boasting about 450 different species of plants.

This walk is perfect for whale spotting in season, There is a colony of Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater all year round. The coast offers blow holes, a "Petrified Forest" and an "Enchanted Walk" where vines of bower spinach are draped over limestone boulders and twisted Moonah trees.

This self guided walk can encompass the whole 250 kilometre track over 13 days or an eight day version which provides an excellent overview of the region.

You follow comprehensive walk notes from one accommodation to the next with only a day pack. Auswalk move your luggage ahead for you.

Days of operation:
  • Please contact Auswalk or visit the website for further information.

Tour highlights:
  • Cobboboonee Forest
    The first stage is the Cobboboonee Forest containing the headwaters of the Surry and Fitzroy Rivers. Here kangaroos are visible bounding across the track with the loud calls of red-tailed black cockatoos in the background.
  • Glenelg River
    Next is the picturesque Glenelg River, which stretches out as it nears the coast then carves its way through a spectacular limestone gorge. Onto the pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and freshwater lakes of Discovery Bay Coastal Park.
  • The Three Capes
    The grand finale is the Three Capes and Bays section where the track hugs the clifftop all the way. These rugged, wave-bashed headlands are the highest in Victoria and are perfect for whale spotting in season.
  • Seals at Cape Bridgewater
    The colony of Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater is there year-round, so they can not be missed. The variety of habitats makes this a great place to see all the iconic creatures like kangaroos, echidnas, koalas and emus range freely.

The highlights of an Auswalk walking holiday go far beyond exploring the iconic landmarks that you are going to experience on the track.

Auswalk allows you to discover Australia's greatest landscapes in comfort. You will be carrying only a day pack as your luggage is transferred on to your next accommodation while you progress along the track. Arrive each evening to your next comfortable accommodation, ready to enjoy another display of the local produce. Rest assured that a wine list will also never be too far away.

On group guided trips you will travel with a group of like-minded people, accompanied by two professional guides allowing for the flexibility of easier and harder walk options.

For the ultimate adventure and flexibility Auswalk's self guided inn-to-inn trips allow you to walk any day in the season, with your own group of two or more people. You will still enjoy their full support as you progress along the track from one accommodation to the next with luggage transfers, marked maps and detailed walk notes.

Membership:
  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia
Cape Nelson Road, Portland West, Victoria, 3305

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