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. Watch this promotional video to see more.
Australasian Gannet Rookery on Point DangerWhy 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.
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 for walkers 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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Links for information on current weather conditions and tides.
Portland Tide Information---A link to Portland's tide heights and times.
Maps - Contact Us - for information and sales.
Booking Campsites A direct link to the GSWW campsites booking page, on Parks Victoria website.
Country Fire Authority (CFA) - Victoria--- Link here for confirmation of declared Total Fire Ban (TFB) days and other fire related information.
N.B. There are 9 TFB Districts in Victoria. The GSWW is wholly within the Glenelg Shire, which is in the SOUTH WEST TFB District.
Are you interested in becoming a Friend of the Great South West Walk?---more here
Site last updated Feb 2015