The Great South West Walk. Portland. Victoria.
Established in 1981
The Great South West Walk has been developed as a bushwalking trail
suitable for most ages and abilities comprising short 2 hour loop walks, full day walks, or for the intrepid, the whole 250km loop that begins and ends at the Maritime Discovery and Visitor Information Centre in Portland Victoria, Australia.
This unforgettable experience winds around 3 National Parks, hardwood forests,
the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal
heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes,
the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the stunning Bridgewater Bay and amongst a diversity of natural fauna and flora including Blue
and Southern Right Whales, a mainland Fur Seal colony and Australia's only mainland Australasian Gannet rookery and much more.
Much of the GSWW is contained within the recently declared 66th Australian RAMSAR site. Link here to view RAMSAR site
Why not try one of the 15 shorter sections or tackle the entire 250 km walking trail,
either way you are destined to experience some of Australia's most beautiful
natural scenery and wildlife. On the other hand, if you prefer to return in the evening to a comfortable bed,
shower and civilised cuisine, you can enjoy many of the integrated short loop
walks that this internationally renowned walking track has to offer, as it is easy to access the walk from many locations.
Australasian Gannet Rookery on Point Danger
The GSWW is located at the Western Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, approximately midway between Adelaide and Melbourne
and because of its remote locality and size, does not have overcrowding issues.
Fees and booking
of campsites are now required, however the fees are more moderate when compared
to other walking tracks located nearer major cities. Further information
can be obtained from
our walker liaison co-ordinator during your planning
and prior to your arrival.
So if you like a walk that's moderately challenging, remote,
full of surprises and which takes you through some of Victoria's magnificent National
and State Parks, then the Great South West Walk is just for you!
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