walking lodge The Great Ocean Walk Victoria, Australia
nature bothfeet walking lodge â€“ an eco-haven for active travellers
Welcome to a new era of comfort in nature. Opened in December 2008, bothfeet walking lodge heralds a new home base for those wanting to discover the Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk and its surrounds. Sustainably designed and built, the native forest amphitheatre cradles our 10 guest eco-lodge set just 2km back from Johanna Beach.
Specialising in supporting hikers on the Great Ocean Walk, we have many cool niceties customised for those who like their journeys slow. Our enviable location at the mid point of the hiking trail makes us the perfect base for the whole 104km walk or a welcome midway reward.
Front cover: Johanna Beach, courtesy Tourism Victoria.
Our facilities include: native rainforest setting, 5 private double lodge rooms with ensuite, licensed private dining room & lounge, onsite chef, footspas, gear drying room, massage treatment space, guest washing service and 2km of private property walks and landscaped gardens.
Activities & experiences bothfeet walking lodge is located 3 hours drive from Melbourne via the Princes Highway and Colac, or 3 ½ hours from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road in the valley known as Johanna. Drive yourself and join us, or take advantage of the CBD transfers we can arrange for you on request. Days at the lodge are uncomplicated: healthy low GI breakfasts followed by time on the trail. Then return to the lodge for simple pleasures: chef prepared meals, regional wines and nature comforts such as foot spas and optional massages.
Activities and facilities available to you include: • Executive chef prepared meals in our licensed dining room
• Columbia gear shop
• bothfeet’s own “nourish box” lunch hampers
• Self guided walking notes & transfers
• Footspa and LaGaia toiletries • The bothfeet boutique with a range of souvenirs • Private guided Great Ocean Walks
• Hiking gear hire • 2km of private nature trails at the lodge, including creeks, wildlife and glow worms. We also operate regular scheduled guided tour packages. See page 12 for more details.
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Milanesia Moonlight Head
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START Apollo Bay R O A D
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Wreck Beach The Gables Lookout
Great Otway National Park
Twelve Apostles Marine National Park
Shelly Beach Castle Cove
Aire River Great Otway National Park
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M E L B O U R N E
bothfeet walking lodge stay 01 September 2010 – 31st March 2012 Rates include breakfast Adult
Lodge room – single traveller with share ensuite between 2.
Lodge room – double or twin (2 people max.) with ensuite
Room Rates – per person per night
2 night/1 day Easy Walker Includes 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and a self guided Great Ocean Walk with gourmet trail lunch. Easy Walker – Add a Private Guide for the day
A$500 per day (1-6 people)
All prices are in Australian Dollars. Check-in/out time: Check-in 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Check out: 9.30am. Dinner: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
• bothfeet walking lodge is a licensed property. BYO is not permitted. • bothfeet single rooms share a bathroom with one other person
Package – per person Great Ocean Pit Stop One night stay including dinner, breakfast, packed lunch, LaGaia Feet Treat and one load of washing. Transfers available from Johanna Beach.
• *bothfeet welcomes children aged eight years and over. Child rate applies to children aged 8 – 14 years inclusive travelling with at least one adult. Inclusions: All lodge rooms comprise king or king single beds, luggage rack, hanging space, internal access to a bathroom with shower, toilet, vanity and hairdryer. LaGaia organic, water-based toiletries are provided. bothfeet is Wifi enabled with Telstra nextG. Mobile coverage is available at the property for those connected with Telstra aligned providers. We do not have television reception.
The trail The Great Ocean Walk â€“ section by section Apollo Bay to Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach to Parker Inlet
Parker Inlet to Castle Cove
Start with an urban stroll through the seaside village of Apollo Bay. Marengo Marine Sanctuary is home to a sheltered New Zealand fur seal colony, visible from Marengo point. In warmer months bring your swimmers, while cooler months offer birds, marine life and wildflowers. Cool climate rainforest with Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech trees are a spectacular way to end the day, and provide a remnant of what would have covered this area prior to settlement.
Rainforest walking commences just outside Apollo Bay. Old growth Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash trees tower over wide grassy trails. View birds, wallabies and kangaroos when on the trail early. The afternoon walking includes Blanket Bay and Parker River, both lovely swimming opportunities if the weather is good. Koalas are prevalent on this part of the trail.
So many koalas! Perfect koala habitat gives way to coastal shrubs at the Cape Otway Lightstation. The sandy trail with ocean views meanders on to beautiful Aire Valley â€“ a wetland estuary teeming with birdlife and greenery. Continue through a canopy of Melaleucas to Castle Cove; a breathtaking lookout over the Southern Ocean.
8km* graded moderate
18km* graded easy to moderate
21km* graded moderate
300m 150m 75m
*Total distance may vary dependent on tides and track choices.
Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate
Milanesia Gate to Wreck Beach
Castle Cove to Johanna Beach often becomes our walkers’ favourite section. Scrubby eucalyptus one side, with sheer cliffs dropping to sapphire ocean the other. Then rough grass tree forests, salt flats and finally breathtaking Johanna Beach. The afternoon contrasts again with the wind rushing through grassy hills and country lane walking that is the highest point of the whole trail.
This begins the ‘Wild Side’. Dramatic changes in elevation deliver wild and remote Southern Ocean views. Secluded Milanesia Beach is a true gem, and can only be accessed by walking. Undulating goat trails lead off the beach and along the cliff edge for exclusive vistas. At remote Ryan’s Den you’ll feel on the edge of the world. Finish the day at Moonlight Head or continue to Wreck Beach.
16km* graded moderate, with 2km* of sand walking
11km or 17km* graded hard, with steep uphill climbs and stairs.
Wreck Beach to the Twelve Apostles Tide dependent, take the 300 stairs down to Wreck Beach for a glimpse of shipwreck anchors embedded in the sandstone. Otherwise, there’s a high road to Devil’s Kitchen for a bush cuppa with a stunning view. The last 7km unveil the Twelve Apostles with each step forward.
17km* graded moderate
Guided walking tours 6 Day Great Ocean Walk (104km) Think only of the crashing waves, rainforest canopies, wonderful beaches and soaring ocean views – we take care of the rest. Five exclusive nights at the bothfeet walking lodge and expertly guided walking, walking, walking to keep even the avid enthusiast happy. Starting in Apollo Bay, we end 6 days later at the Twelve Apostles. Departs: 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month Ends: Friday Adult: A$2895.00 per person* Child: A$2316.00 per child (8-14)*
4 Day Great Ocean Walk (60km) Melbourne pick up: 8.00am Crown Promenade Hotel, Sunday morning
Departs: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
Lodge start: 10.30am bothfeet walking lodge
Includes: 5 night lodge stay, all meals, expertly equipped eco-guide, use of walking equipment, daily guided walks, vehicle support, walk transfers and complimentary return transfers from Melbourne to the lodge. Women’s walks: throughout the season, bothfeet dedicate a small number of 6 Day Great Ocean Walk departures as “women only”. For details visit www.bothfeet.com.au/women.
Adult: A$1995.00 per person* Child: A$1595.00 per child (8-14)* Melbourne pick up: 8.30am Lodge Start: 10.30am bothfeet walking lodge Includes: 3 night lodge stay, all meals, use of walking equipment, daily guided walks, vehicle support every day, walk transfers and complimentary return transfers from Melbourne to the lodge. All prices are in Australian Dollars.
All prices are in Australian Dollars.
* Price is per person valid to 31 May 2011. Single rooms available at no extra cost. Single rooms share internal bathroom with one other person. Group walking tours require minimum 4 people to operate.
Self guided walking Want to guide yourself? Consider bothfeet walking lodge your home base. Bring your own gear, follow our comprehensive track notes, and be transferred back each day to hot showers, drinks on ice and a soothing foot spa.
01 September 2010 – 31st March 2012
– Departs Daily subject to availability.
Self Guided Walk Packages 3 day/2 night Best of the Beaches 3 days of moderate hiking discovering the hidden beaches of the Great Ocean Walk. Includes: two night lodge stay, daily dinner, breakfast, packed lunch, walk transfers from the lodge, footspa, satellite tracking beacon to carry and track notes. 7 day/6 night Great Ocean Journey The end to end journey. Includes: 5 night lodge stay, daily breakfast, gourmet trail lunch and dinner, walk transfers from the lodge, footspa, all track notes, satellite beacon to carry, and one complimentary load of washing.
Adult A$715 pp
• Walks start and end at the bothfeet walking lodge – Johanna • Early check in for self guided packages: 10.30am • Walkers make their own way to the lodge on Day 1 • bothfeet walking lodge is a licensed property. BYO is not permitted
Suggested durations only. Please go online for more itineraries and custom trips. All prices are in Australian Dollars.
• bothfeet single rooms share a bathroom with one other person • Gear and EPIRB hire available • Ask us about Melbourne transfers
Private walks Families, friends and work colleagues regularly stay at the bothfeet walking lodge on a private basis. Some use our itineraries as a template, for others they book the lodge and we create a bespoke journey based on age, fitness and personal interests. How many people?
When can we travel?
Discounts for groups?
We can accommodate up to 10 people. Family groups of less than 10 can book private walks without having to book out the entire lodge.
Choose the dates with your friends and we can advise available space. Alternatively, let us suggest a good time to travel for what you like to experience.
Yes, we offer discounts for groups. Use the rates in this brochure as a guide. We have sliding scales of discounts for groups of between 4 and 10 people travelling together. Different seasons offer different rates for stays as well.
Join us â€œIn every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.â€? John Muir. Validity
Payments & Cancellation Policy
Prices in this brochure are valid until 31st March 2012. For promotions and special offers visit our website.
Full prepayment is required 60 days prior to arrival. We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard, cheque or direct deposit. Additional conditions may apply to groups of 5 or more people travelling together. As a small boutique property our business depends on maximising occupancy. Cancellations often result in empty rooms due to booking lead times and our niche offering.
Deposit To secure your place on a walk we require a cheque, credit card or EFT deposit of A$350.00 per person and a completed booking form. Upon receipt of your deposit you will be emailed a Tax Invoice, booking confirmation and link to download your documentation.
Cancellations within 59 and 30 days of arrival: 50% of total paid will be refunded. Within 29 days prior to arrival, all monies will be forfeited. No refund can be given in the event of non-arrival, or for any unused services or unused nights due to weather disruptions or your own changes in plans or change of mind. We recommend that you protect yourself with travel insurance. Rates listed in this brochure are subject to change. Please visit our website for updates or phone the bothfeet office.
70 Stafford Road Johanna VIC 3238 AUSTRALIA ABN 408 159 10 488
t 1300 767 416 e email@example.com
Photo credits: pages 2, 3, 6 ÂŠ Robert Geh; pages 4, 13, 17 images courtesy Tourism Victoria; page 8 main image courtesy Paul Killeen; page 10 image courtesy David Evans; pages 11, 15 images courtesy Lonely Planet; page 12 ÂŠ Parks Victoria.