- September 19, 2016
The concrete-stepped trail winds down the hill, resembling a railway track that’s been shaken out and left to settle into the natural hollows of the landscape. Windswept forest encroaches as I make my way down; sandstone cliffs plummet into the Southern Ocean to my left.
Today the air is as still as a statue; a smear of cloud covers the sky while waves unfurl onto the shore below – the only sound in an otherwise silent, natural 360-degree cinematic experience.
I’m midway through the four-day Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, traversing a 40-56km (depending on whether you take the ‘endurance options’) chunk of The Great Ocean Walk – a ruggedly handsome 104-kilometre trail that opened in 2006.
Welcomed into the Great Walks of Australia portfolio last year, the guided walking holiday has space for only 900 walkers each year, making it an intimate, and what I’ll soon learn, rather gourmet experience.
This story first appeared in Escape in the Sunday Telegraph 25 September 2016. Click to view the PDF here.