Spend four days on the Great Ocean Walk, trekking iconic Aussie terrain to support women and children impacted by domestic and family violence in the 40km for 40 years of Women's Legal Service Queensland Walk for Change.


12-15 November 2024



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Paid upfront or in instalments



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3-Star Cabins

The Difference You'll Make


Join us in trekking 40km's to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of Women's Legal Service Queensland, through the 2024 Walk for Change.

Follow the footsteps and journey made by women who bravely seek help when impacted by domestic and family violence over the past 40 years and into the future. WLSQ is Queensland’s only statewide community legal centre providing free legal services and support to women and children impacted by domestic and family violence and sexual assault. As a community supported organisation, the funds you raise on the Walk for Change are essential to helping more women and children access the vital services of WLSQ.

Every step you take on the Walk for Change will directly help domestic violence prevention.

Women's Legal Service Queensland | Bay of fires

How it works



Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.

Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to WLSQ.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from WLSQ, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Tuesday, 12 November 2024: Depart Melbourne – Marengo to Shelly Beach

Important: As this adventure begins early on Day 1, you will need to arrive in Melbourne the day before the trek starts. Accommodation is NOT included on this night.

Day 1, Tuesday, 12 November 2024: Depart Melbourne – Marengo to Shelly Beach

Meet your guides at 7:30am at the National Gallery of Victoria, from where we will depart. On the way, we will drive a section of the Great Ocean Road which overlies the traditional country of the Watha-wurrung  (Watharong), Gadabanud and Girai-Wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation.

We stop en-route at Anglesea for morning tea and a briefing of the first day of walking. We arrive in Krambruk/ Apollo Bay late morning, prepare our lunch, and begin walking.

The trail begins in the beach-side suburb of Marengo. Marengo is home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals who hang out on rocks in the bay. Continuing onwards the countryside becomes more rural farmland. The trail continues up a small hill with steps to climb over a fence. There are good views along the coast looking south-west towards Bangurac/Cape Otway and north-east over the ranges surrounding Krambruk/ Apollo Bay. There is a conveniently placed rest bench, followed by a steep descent past The Blowhole. We descend to a beach for a rest before heading into a small section of Otway rainforest.

The trail enters low forest initially, and then starts to climb into the higher forests of the Great Otway National Park just above Shelly Beach. From here we will head off to our accommodation before sharing in our first team dinner.

Trekking Distance: 7km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Accommodation: Cabin accommodation at Bimbi Park

Meals: L D

Day 2, Wednesday, 13 November 2024: Bangurac/ Cape Otway Lighthouse to Aire River to Castle Cove

Day 2, Wednesday, 13 November 2024: Bangurac/ Cape Otway Lighthouse to Aire River to Castle Cove

The 10km walk from the lighthouse to Aire River winds its way through wind sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrub-land and magnificent calcified cliffs. At the Aire River Lookout, there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach. The wetlands look quite spectacular from this vantage point and it is a nice steady downhill walk from to the Aire River Bridge which crosses the river to the picnic area and toilets.

A highlight of the day is a visit to Mait's Rest rainforest walk on our return to Bangurac/Cape Otway (if time permits). Maits Rest is a comfortable 800m stroll through cool temperate rainforest, and a welcome temperature change if the weather is warm.

Trekking distance: 14km

Transfer time: 0.5 hours

Accommodation: Cabin accommodation at Bimbi Park

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Thursday, 14 November 2024: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head

Day 3, Thursday, 14 November 2024: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head

The walk from Johanna Beach to Ryan’s Den is the wildest and most challenging section of the entire track. From Milanesia Gate we descend to a beautiful and remote beach. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Bangurac/Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volney. This is our lunch spot and it is arguably the most scenic location along the walk. From Ryan’s Den, the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head.

Trekking distance: 12km

Transfer time: 1 hour

Accommodation: Cabin accommodation at Bimbi Park

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Friday, 15 November 2024: Princetown to Twelve Apostles – return to Melbourne

Day 4, Friday, 15 November 2024: Princetown to Twelve Apostles – return to Melbourne

Our last walk of the adventure starts above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We’ll walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk on a new track section. We are now on the home stretch into Purroitchihoorrong/ Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight. The last kilometre of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view The Apostles up close. We’ll have our lunch here and then onto Winchelsea where we stop at a local café for a coffee/tea before driving back to Melbourne at an estimated arrival time of 5pm.

Trekking distance: 8.5km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: B L

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-star cabins, twin-share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Professional guide

Excludes: Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (highly reccomended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Challenge yourself as you trek 40 kms over four exhilarating days in stunning scenery.
  • Explore some of the most dramatic and iconic scenery in Australia, from sheer limestone cliffs to deserted beaches, and mountain ash forests.
  • Raise vital funds for WLSQ and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good.
  • Help create safer futures for women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Great Ocean Road Trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 40 kilometres over 4 days. The Great Ocean Walk offers diverse terrain, including well-defined and less-established tracks, rocky paths, and beach walks as well as inclines and declines. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience.

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. Best of all, there are no heavy bags to carry just your water for each day. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before your adventure begins.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Our guides will be informed prior to the trip of dietary requirements. You will be fed well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some non-perishable items as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

WLSQ has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and WLSQ, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you will require a letter of medical clearance.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!


What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is 3-star deluxe cabins at Bimbi Park: https://www.bimbipark.com.au/cabins-deluxe/

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same identifying gender and, whenever possible, age group.

Single rooms are subject to availability and an additional cost of $390. If you require a single room, reach out as soon as possible to ensure you can secure one.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

Do I need to carry my belongings on the trail or can I leave them at the accommodation?

Yes, you can leave your luggage at the accommodation. You’ll only need to carry a small backpack with your water for the day. A bus will return you to the same accommodation each evening. For specific packing list details, you can refer to our recommended list here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/182AwKMDe441jxm0G8KXpRf2HgiGoFsEY/view


How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success. Just ensure all fundraising activities are consistent with the mission of domestic violence prevention and the reputation of Women's Legal Service Queensland.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for WLSQ are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

N.B the travel costs are not tax-deductible.

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,900.

In addition, you are also aiming to raise $2,500 (per person) for WLSQ.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 business days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.
  • We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your registration is complete.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your registration is complete. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle medical emergencies.


All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.


“Our tour guides, Jo and Will, were absolutely incredible and made the trip an amazing experience. The beautiful landscapes and scenery were unreal too!”

– Sophia Stathis, WLSQ Walk for Change 2023

“The group we were with were all lovely people and our tour guides were excellent.”

– Jocelyn Mackenzie-Ross, WLSQ Walk for Change 2023

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