The Great South West Walk. Portland. Victoria.
Established in 1981
Altered conditions for GSWW from 18th of April 2013. See below.
The Great South West Walk has been developed as a bushwalking trail
suitable for most ages and abilities comprising short 2 hour loop walks, full day walks, or for the intrepid, the whole 250km loop that begins and ends at the Maritime Discovery and Visitor Information Centre in Portland Victoria, Australia.
This unforgettable experience winds around 3 National Parks, hardwood forests,
the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal
heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes,
the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the stunning Bridgewater Bay and amongst a diversity of natural fauna and flora including Blue
and Southern Right Whales, a mainland Fur Seal colony, Australia's only mainland Australasian Gannet rookery and lots more.
Australasian Gannet Rookery on Point Danger
Why not try one of the 17 shorter sections or tackle the entire 250 km walking trail,
either way you are destined to experience some of Australia's most beautiful
natural scenery and wildlife. On the other hand, if you prefer to return in the evening to a comfortable bed,
shower and civilised cuisine, you can enjoy many of the integrated short loop
walks that this internationally renowned walking track has to offer, as it is easy to access the walk from many locations.
The GSWW is located at the Western Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, approximately midway between Adelaide and Melbourne and because
of its remote locality and size, does not have overcrowding issues.
Fees or bookings are not required as with some other walking tracks located nearer to major cities,
however we do advise individual walkers, and in particular groups of walkers, to contact
our walker liaison co-ordinator during your planning
or prior to your arrival.
So if you like a walk that's moderately challenging, remote,
full of surprises and which takes you through some of Victoria's magnificent National
and State Parks, then the Great South West Walk is just for you!
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The RACV 100 Must Do Things online survey ranked the GSWW 37.
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Altered conditions due to previous wildfire damage!
If you are planning a walk that will take you between the Fitzroy and Moleside
Camps, please open the link to the Word document that details the altered
conditions in this area. Map and info of detour or
For further information contact the Nelson Visitor and Information
Centre on 08 87384051
This current update posted on - 18/04/2013
Links for information on current weather conditions and tides.
Portland/Cape Nelson weather forecast--- A link to Portland's weather details and the 7 day outlook.
Mount Gambier RADAR--- Link here to B.O.M.
real time rain distribution.
Portland Tides---A link to Portland's tide heights and times for 7 days from your selected date.
(CFA) Country Fire Authority - Victoria--- Link here for
confirmation of declared Total Fire Ban (TFB) days and other fire related information.
N.B. There are 9 Total Fire Ban Districts in Victoria. The GSWW is wholly within the Glenelg Shire, which is in the SOUTH WEST TFB District.
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Site last updated Sep 2013