Walking the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

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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 on to 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 104km trail that opened in 2006.

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