Great South West Walk

  • Yellow Rock
  • Campsite on the Glenelg river
  • Eastern Ramparts lookout
  • Cape Nelson lighthouse
  • Discovery Bay

Key information: Great South West Walk

    • This is a 250km coastal walk in Victoria's south west, which begins and ends in the Maritime Discovery and Visitor centre in Portland. However, it is also possible to do very short loops, or full day walks along the trail.
      • Coastal scenery, forests, rivers and mountains can all be seen along the walk, whilst the flora and fauna is beautiful and varied. The area is reasonably remote, and the trails are not crowded. 
        • More info can be found at
          • This walk has been recommended to us (THANK YOU) but we do not have much information on it yet. Any suggestions or photos? 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 250km
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

© Discovery Bay


Name: Emu
Posted on: 31/03/2011
The GSWW is the premier bushwalking trail in south west Victoria and is located between Portland and Nelson, the Western gateway to the Great Ocean Road. The hike takes bushwalkers on a journey through four unique environments and links three National Parks as well as a Marine NP. Walkers will drawn into "Nature's symphony in four movements"; that is, they will experience tranquil Forests, a pristine estuarine river, extensive sand beaches and dunes and finally rugged Capes and Bays. Each of these environments are home to a wide variety of uniquely Australian flora and fauna.

Although the entire loop of 250 kilometres, taking 12 to 14 days, suits some, there are many access points which give walkers the option of experiencing a section that fits their individual needs and time constraints. Some highlights include - a mainland Fur Seal colony, the only Australian mainland Gannet Rookery, fresh water lakes, aboriginal heritage in the form of middens, the pristine Glenelg River, the Cape Nelson lighthouse, the raging force of the Southern Ocean and much more.

The walk is low altitude and rated as medium, meaning it is suited to a very wide range of hikers. Temperatures range between 8 to 35 degrees Celsius. Average rainfall in the area is 700mm and although the wind chill during winter can be uncomfortable there is no risk of snow.

The GSWW is administered, maintained and promoted by a wholly volunteer group "The Friends of the GSWW" in collaboration with Parks Victoria.

Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

© Eastern Ramparts lookout

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

© Cape Nelson lighthouse...

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