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Walk for Breast Cancer Network Australia

March 4-6, 2023 | Price $1,995 pp

You're invited to join the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Escape to the spectacular south coast of Australia and walk 32km over three days across deserted beaches, through towering forests and along wild, wind-swept cliffs steeped in history.

The Twelve Apostles Lodge 'Long Weekend' is an easy to moderate 3-day walk with lightweight daypacks along the Great Ocean Walk, culminating at the iconic Twelve Apostles and returning each evening to our private eco-lodge and local food and wine.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. For the past 24 years, they have worked tirelessly to ensure that all Australians who are affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support. 

All walkers are challenged to raise $3,000. Walkers will be introduced to Melissa Moyle at BCNA to organise fundraising. To donate to this BCNA event, please go to this fundraising page. 

Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact the Australian Walking Company on +61 3 5237 4276 or email bookings@auswalkingco.com.au.  

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Breast Cancer Network Australia

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) was born out of a small group of determined women who wanted to make the breast cancer journey better. When Lyn Swinburne founded BCNA her vision was for no one to feel alone through their experience of breast cancer. In 2022, that vision still remains their priority.

BCNA has built a strong and resilient network that brings together over 150,000 individuals. They reach over 70 per cent of Australians newly diagnosed with breast cancer as we advocate for, connect, inform and support them on a journey that nobody wants to take.

At the heart of the network are those at risk, those diagnosed and their supporters. BCNA focuses on the personal impact, uses its voices, does what it can as an organisation to fill gaps, and presses others in power to do the same.

BCNA’s next five years will be ones of relentless commitment to its legacy, bold innovation, and fearless pursuit of a stronger healthcare system that delivers the very best care, treatment and support for all Australians affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Network Australia will make sure that nobody goes through breast cancer alone.

Twelve Apostles Lodge 'Long Weekend' Walk (3 Days)

Tight on time but want to get away? Our Twelve Apostles Long Weekend is designed for you. Its grade is easier, yet we pack in plenty of coastal adventure. From Melbourne’s CBD, in no time you’ll be enjoying morning tea at our eco-lodge before lacing up for a walk from Castle Cove to Johanna Beach. That’s right, city streets by morning and salty wind in your hair by arvo.

Each late afternoon we retreat back to the lodge where foot spas are filled, a communal fire flickers and the onsite chef whips up your gourmet meal. Day Two is the biggest walking day from Moonlight Head to Princetown, so go on and take that river dip at the end. On the last day, walk beneath the Apostles and fly high above them before we zip you back to the city.

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Day 1: Castle Cove to Johanna Beach

Approximately 7km and 3 hours walking

Time to lace up in the ‘mud room’ and step out on track for day one. This is not before a lodge welcome and walk briefing over morning tea. It’s then a short drive out to Castle Cove to begin your walk, with a tasty hiker lunch tucked in your pack.

Today begins in the tea-trees with a few tantalising vistas out to the Southern Ocean. This will be your constant neighbour for the next four days. Enter a flawlessly-groomed grass tree forest and hear tales dating back 104 million years at Dinosaur Cove. Bring those boots to a halt and consider a time when dinosaurs occupied your very location.

Next, drop down onto Johanna Beach. This is an opportunity to kick off the boots and walk barefoot; wind-swept waves just metres away. This two-kilometre stretch has a knack of clearing busy minds and washing away city stresses. Take your own pace across sands frequented by hooded plovers.

At the end of the beach awaits your cool water and lemonade greeting, a constant across all three days.

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Day 2: Moonlight Head to Princetown

Approximately 17km and 6.5 hours walking

Today is about shipwrecks, sandy pathways, exposed heathland and maybe even first glimpse of the Apostles. What better place to commence the walk and get your bearings than The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas. 

More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline. Your first stop is aptly named Wreck Beach. It’s a suitable reminder of those early days and treacherous ocean voyages. If conditions allow, you’ll drop down to Wreck Beach and hear tales of pillaging and misfortune including a ship which travelled from China whose cargo of tea coloured the ocean. Depending on the tide, an alternate route leads through to Devils Kitchen, home to arguably Australia’s best lavatory vista!

Following lunch, notice how the geology begins to change from sandstone to limestone. Thick Eucalypt forest gives way to sections of moonscape, indicators of what’s in store. Keep an eye out for native rosemary, cushion plants and wildflowers in season.

Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. This freshwater river near the sleepy hamlet of Princetown is an easy downhill stroll. After some 17 kilometres, reward yourself with a cooling river dip.

 

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Day 3: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

Approximately 8km and 3 hours walking

Today invites new heights. Not only will you conquer the final steps of your Great Ocean Walk but top this with a 15-minute helicopter flight. Depart from the quiet shores of Princetown by the Gellibrand River, beginning with an easy 30 minute wander to reveal your first full view of the Apostles. Gasps aside, keep an eye out for two resident mobs of kangaroos across the hillsides to your right.

There’s a sense of elation today as you draw nearer to the mighty limestone Apostles. No, there’s not 12, which may come as no surprise. But amongst the proudly standing 7, lie 5 recently discovered apostles beneath the ocean’s surface. Weathered but not beaten, those in view lose a couple of centimetres each year to the perilous swells and winds whipping up from the Southern Ocean.

Drawing closer, hear the romantic tale of Tom and Eva. Tom, a gallant local who swam more than an hour to rescue Eva from the Loch Ard, perhaps Victoria’s best-known shipwreck. Of 63 on board, Eva was one of the lucky two to survive, whisked to a cave by Tom and ‘administered’ brandy to remain conscious.

The Apostles reveal gradually along this stretch, reappearing as the trail rises. There’s a viewing platform exclusive to walkers on the final stretch before your arrival at the Visitor Centre. It’s the official end to your walk and an appropriate locale to get cozy with the Apostles in a group snap.

If conditions permit, don’t miss the opportunity to descend 80-plus steps to the beach below. This final perspective gives a sense of the Apostles brooding heights, one 73-metres tall, nudging the equivalent of a 20-storey building. It’s here with sand under your boots, a sense of monumental achievement and wonder sets in.

Take to the skies to bid farewell with a 15-minute helicopter flight. Capturing the chiselled coastline from above gives scale not only to the Apostles but the trek you’ve completed. Follow this with a final lunch in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell before returning to Melbourne.

Itinerary Details

Twelve Apostles Lodge Long Weekend Walk for BCNA (3 days) 

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

March 4-6, 2023 $1,995

 

  • Each trip requires a minimum of 5 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 10.
  • A full group will receive a 10% discount.

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

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

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking 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
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment, the Indemnity Form and Health Declaration are due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance of payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre- and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • Return Walker Discounts are welcome.

COVID-19 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 departure or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

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Price Includes

  • Return transfers between Melbourne and the walk base
  • 2-night lodge stay, all linen and towels
  • 2 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Use of daypack, waterproof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Daily guided walks, with professional eco-guide
  • Vehicle support daily
  • All entrance & national park fees
  • 12 Apostles scenic helicopter flight
  • Optional airport drop off day 3

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our  FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring? Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If you're unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

Start and Finish information

  • 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: 5:30pm - 6pm. Arrive Melbourne (Travelodge Southbank). We can drop you at Tullamarine Airport between 5pm and 5:30pm (for domestic flights from 6:30pm/international flights after 7:30pm).

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