Great Ocean Walk Stage Eight
Start: Devils Kitchen
Finish: Glenample Homestead
Duration: 5 hrs
The Great Ocean Walk Stage Eight starts at Devil's Kitchen hike-in campsite, and terminates at the Historic Glenample Homestead some 14km away.
After leaving the Devil's Kitchen campsite, turn left along Old coach Road. The road is long, heavily eroded and very slippery after rain (I had the experience of walking the last section during heavy rain, and it wasn't exactly fun).
You can see the Gellibrand river as you approach Princetown, and it gives you an idea of how far you still need to walk, as the river mouth meets the ocean at this tiny township. After what seems like forever, you reach Princetown. It's not much more than a general store and a few houses, but the river valley is quite beautiful. The short diversion walk to Princetown beach is worth the effort.
After crossing the Gellibrand River, continue through the wetlands and across the boardwalk and back onto the continuation of Old Coach Road. You will travel through sand dunes and into Port Campbell National Park.
After walking along the cliff tops above Clifton Beach for a little while, you will be treated with a stunning view looking towards Gibson Steps and the 12 apostles before the track turns inland, and on to Glenample Homestead.
There are plans to continue the walk to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre, which is a short distance along the Great Ocean Road.
I hope you find this information useful. As always, make sure you check the most up-to-date Walk and weather information before embarking on your own Great Ocean Walk adventure.
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