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The Shipwreck Coast Surf Trip

August 23-26, 2021 | Price $2,295 pp 
Available by request for groups | Maximum 10 | Monday - Thursday

Our Shipwreck Coast Surf Trip offers a flexible itinerary, informed by local knowledge, allowing your group to make the most of a 4-day escape. We pick up your group in Melbourne and drive you to our Twelve Apostles Lodge. The lodge is located in Johanna, central to the best breaks. Each day, we take you to find the best surf as well as provide delicious three-course meals, local wines and beers for fireside chats. The trip finishes with a session at Urban Surf before an airport or Melbourne drop-off.

This trip runs in August, January and May each year. It is available anytime upon request for groups of independent surfers who'd like to surf and have everything else taken care of. You bring your friends, wetsuits, boards and insurance. We take you to and from the local beaches and make sure you have a place to recover that's comfortable, dry and warm. We even take care of your wetsuits; they spend each night hanging in a dry room with a gas heater.

And if you'd like more, we can arrange expert video and coaching. 

 Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Austalian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email  


When is the best time to go?

Summer: off-shore northerly winds, groomed sandbanks, swell size 0-6 ft - 2 is usually the minimum and the water is warmer

Autumn: with less crowds, warm waters, mild winds, its an ideal time for surfing.

Winter: there's even less people, the swells can be big, although the atmosphere is unpredictable

Spring: the waters are cold and the winds are on-shore. We suggest walking.

*Please note, the weather and swell are not under our control!



Ben O

Introducing Ben Oborne

Ben is our lodge manager and a passionate surfer. He loves good waves and the thrill of finding them. He ran the Australian Body Boarding association for years and has surfed around the globe. Most importantly, he's happy to give you the best advice on where to find the best waves. He'll also drive you there, make sure you are well-fed and share a wine, beer and a story around the fire.

Johanna 2

The waves

"I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline." - Explorer Matthew Flinders

The Shipwreck Coast is found along the south coast of Victoria and stretches from Cape Otway to Port Fairy, a distance of approximately 130 km. It is fabled home is home of limestone formations called The Twelve Apostles and the 100km Great Ocean Walk.

While it has not been friendly to many boats with approximately 638 known shipwrecks, although only around 240 of them have been discovered, it is welcoming to surfers from around the world.

The waves roll in from the great Southern Ocean to find land along the coast. Waves can be found that break both left and right. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here and only experienced surfers should venture into these waters.

A flexible Itinerary

Each day, we'll look at the weather to find the best combination of swell, off-shore winds and welcoming surfers. You can expect a morning and afternoon surf. We can return to the lodge for lunch or bring it with us.

The Twelve Apostles Lodge is ideally located in the middle of the shipwreck coast. Beaches with waves are 10 minutes to an hour's drive from the lodge - Johanna Beach is less than 10 minutes away. Boneyards is an hour away and there are many breaks in between.

We'll give you the best information so you can make an informed choice.




Day 1: Breaks near Apollo Bay

It doesn’t take long for the city sounds to fade on our four-day escape. In no time, you'll find yourself in a wetsuit, board waxed and ready to hit the waves. Our first option is one of the breaks near Apollo Bay on the eastern edge of The Shipwreck Coast. Over the following days, we'll explore breaks to the south and west, guided by the weather and swell. 

Breaks include

  • Skene's Creek
  • Boneyards
  • Maringo

After a picnic lunch and an afternoon in the surf, we drive to Johanna and the comfort of our Twelve Apostles Lodge.


Day 2: Johanna's local breaks

Hopefully, we won't need to travel too far. Located within a six and half km stretch and within 15 minutes of the lodge are some of Victoria's best breaks

  • Johanna Beach
  • Castle Cove
  • Milanesia

It's easy to have a morning surf, head back for lunch and have another surf in the afternoon. At then end of the day, relax with a few local ales and wines around the fire before a delicious three course dinner.

Going West

Day 3: Heading west

We know the best places to access on this wild and remote coast. There are places well worth avoiding too. Amongst the offerings are these two gems.

  • Gibson's Steps
  • Clifton Beach

We can either return to the lodge for lunch or for the dedicated, we can take a picnic. You can spend the afternoon in the surf or take an afternoon to relax, read or even nap. Our Twelve Apostles Lodge is yours. You don't have to go anywhere.

Urban Surf Borrowed

Day 4: Morning surf followed by urban surf

A morning surf at another of the nearby breaks we pack our bags, take our lunch and begin the drive back to Melbourne in time for an afternoon session at Urban Surf. It's a brilliant way finish your four-day surf trip with guaranteed consistent waves.

We'll book an hour-long advanced session at Urban Surf at 4pm*.

Or, for a group of ten, we can book out one side of urban surf for your group. See details of The Point experience here.


With a maximum of 18 surfers in the water, everyone’s guaranteed to score.

Finally, we take you to the airport or back to our central Melbourne drop-off point to end your trip. 

*Session times at Urban Surf are subject to change without notice and depend upon availability. Book early!






Itinerary Details

The Shipwreck Coast Surf Trip (4 days) 

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) (Non-commissionable)

August 23-26, 2021  $2,295
January 11-14, 2022 $2,595
  • Minimum guests 8
  • Maximum guests 10
  • Departure:  Meet for departure at 7:45am sharp at the Travelodge Southbank Restaurant, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000 (central Melbourne location for all departures). 
  • Return Transfer: 5:30 - 6pm. Arrive Melbourne (Travelodge Southbank). We can drop you at Tullamarine Airport between 5 and 5:30 (for domestic flights from 6.30pm/international flights after 7:30pm).

Direct bookings only:

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • Minimum numbers are required three months prior to departure, on October 12, 2020.
  • The final payment is due three months before departure. For reservations made three months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking.
  • Cancellations after October 12, 2020 are not refundable. Bookings are transferable.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.

Please view our traditional booking terms and conditions 

Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the Matilda Wand departure with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

Price Includes

  • Return transfers between Melbourne and the walk base
  • Optional airport drop off day 4
  • 3-night lodge stay, all linen and towels
  • 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Vehicle support daily
  • All entrance & national park fees
Single supplement

We do not charge for a single supplement as all rooms can be divided into two with dual access to the bathroom.

Exclusion of Liability

Guests acknowledge that surfingis potentially a dangerous activity and guests are undertaking such an activity at their own risk. Guests acknowledge and agree that they will undertake any surfing freely, voluntarily and absolutely at their own risk and with a full appreciation of the nature and extent of all risks involved. Guests acknowledge that the Company is supplying them with support services separate to surfing for the purposes of applicable laws.

Guests agree to the fullest extent permitted by law waive all of their legal rights of action against and fully release the Company and its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants from all liability arising from or connected with their death or personal injury howsoever arising out of or in relation to the participation by them in a surf or walk including without limitation, liability for a negligent or tortuous act or omission, breach of duty, breach of contract or breach of statutory duty on the part of the Company, its officers, directors, employees, servants,  agents or consultants.  This waiver shall bind all guests and their legal personal representatives.

Travel Insurance 

When selecting a travel insurance product, please ensure that it provides cover against, at a minimum, personal accidents or injury, medical expenses, Force Majeure Events, emergency repatriation and personal liability, cancellation for any reason including bereavement, delayed flights, lost luggage and personal effects.

We strongly recommend that all guests obtain suitable travel insurance once your deposit payment is made.


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