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Twelve Apostles Women's Wellbeing Walk

September 9-12, 2023 | $3,395 per person


Join Journeying Women on a special walk that combines your love for hiking and nature with nurturing your wellbeing.

You will have the opportunity to learn practical and effective tools to improve your wellbeing and build resilience. A combination of workshops which are interwoven throughout the day, coupled with a variety of meditation, mindfulness and breathwork practices provide inspiration for your daily walks.

Each day provides opportunities to spend one-on-one time with Journeying Women's Sheena Polese (MSc Psych Coaching, Adult Growth and Development Specialist) and Susanne North (Wellbeing and Family Coach and Meditation, Mindfulness and Breath Work Teacher). Explore a variety of wellbeing themes such as work, family, children, grief, menopause, and life transitions. This walk will allow you to re-set, re-calibrate, re-energise, and reflect on what matters to you most. 

This is a journey on foot along the Great Ocean Walk from Castle Cove to the Twelve Apostles where everything is taken care of. We’ll show you the way, carry all the extras on our back and point out natural features along the way. We’ll supply sumptuous lunches to sustain you, daypacks and walking sticks, cool lemonade and soothing foot baths at the end of each walk. Return each evening to our private eco-lodge where you'll be served gourmet meals complemented by local wines and beers.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact bookings@auswalkingco.com.au


Quick Facts

  • Tour Duration: 3 nights & 4 days.
  • Departs and returns: Mercure, Southbank, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank Victoria.
  • Minimum Group Size: 8 guests | Maximum Group Size: 9 guests.
  • Special Guest Leaders: Two Journeying Women Leaders.
  • Includes: Accommodation, meals, local beer and wine and all transport

Extra activities

An introduction to the science of Wellbeing and Mindfulness/Meditation helping you to improve your emotional wellbeing and self-regulation skills. Morning and evening activities such as a variety of mindfulness/meditation practices, a personal wellbeing check in with one of your facilitators, and wellbeing resources that will help you to feel better about life. 

All wellbeing activities are optional. 


Journeying Women

We help women identify their inner and natural character strengths so they can unlock the key to thriving. We take time to explore values, reassess and reprioritise what is important to you. Using research, we explore the importance of emotional intelligences and use a wellbeing model that enables valuable reflection, appreciation and intention setting for sustainable change. We explore what is flourishing, the importance of hope, the value of slowing down, and we show how time in nature restores the body and soul.

We incorporate pre-work, on the ground fun activities and worksheets, the science of reflection and journaling, meditation and mindfulness practices, all with an evidence base.


Introducing Sheena Polese and Susanne North

Sheena Polese (to the right) is a Development and Leadership Coach,MSci (Psych Coaching) Syd Uni, Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Change Practitioner. The current President of the Australasia NSW Branch of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) an Associate at the Positivity Institute and is highly trained in Stages of Adult Psychological Development, Mental Toughness, Global Leadership Wellbeing Diagnostics and Mental Health, is a Mindfulness practitioner and a Facilitator of Immunity to Change. Sheena runs her own Coaching practice, designs and delivers development and wellbeing programs and has co-facilitated Leadership and Development trips with Outward Bound Australian and Australia for UNHCR in Uganda. Webpage | LinkedIn

Susanne North is a Family Coach, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellbeing Practitioner. Her work is dedicated to supporting and empowering women, especially in times of significant life transitions, grief and loss. Working in private practice, she develops and facilitates wellbeing programs for women, teenagers, schools and wider communities. 
Webpage | LinkedIn

Both, Sheena and Susanne, are passionate hikers who love immersing themselves in nature. Together, they founded ‘The Journeying Women’ and have empowered over one hundred women over the past two years to live more flourishing lives. 



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Day 1: Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

Approximately 3 hours walking

On the morning of your walk, we meet at Mecure, Southbank (9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000) at 7.45am. Here, your guide will introduce you to fellow walkers before departing for our drive to Blanket Bay. Be dressed and ready to walk, with your daypack fully packed for the days' walk ahead.

We start the first section of the walk at Blanket Bay, a beautifully scenic section of the Great Ocean Walk that follows along the coast of Great Otway National Park. Beautiful ocean views from cliff tops and sandy beaches and inlets are frequent along this stretch of coast, along with koalas, kangaroos, and echidnas all scattering about along the trail. The Cape Otway Lighthouse makes for a great end to the walk, where our guides can teach you all about the naval history of the area.

From the lighthouse, we transfer you to our private lodge in Johanna, where we welcome you with a glass of local sparkling and a spectacular long table dinner to celebrate your first day of walking.


Day 2: Milanesia Track to Moonlight Head

Approximately 6-7 hours walking

We’ll drive 30 minutes this morning to the most challenging day no the trail. It comes with great reward - the most visually spectacular and isolated sections of the Great Ocean Walk - known as ‘the wild side.’ Take a winding path that leads from Milanesia Track down through the forest to beautiful Milanesia Beach.

After a gentle beach stroll, we turn upwards for a short, but steep climb that sets the tone for the trail ahead. The trail is dissected by gullies before a gradual climb, which delivers fabulous views back over Milanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalypts dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. The trail continues in a westerly direction until a steady climb leads us out of the forest and into Ryans Den campsite.

From here, coastal views stretch to both Cape Volney and Cape Otway; an ideal place to reflect on your journey so far. The walk from here rises and falls many times as it parallels the coastline before cutting along the ridge behind Cape Volney, providing breathtaking views to the west. A final seated lookout delivers a magnificent vantage point, just metres from the walk’s end.

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Day 3: Moonlight Head to Wreck Beach

Approximately 3-4 hours walking

It’s a 30 minute transfer to Moonlight Head. The first four and half kilometres gently meander through native stringybark forest providing a contrast to the coast, concluding with a rise to the Gables, one of mainland Australia’s highest cliff top lookouts. Tide dependent, you will descend onto Wreck Beach and continue through to a lovely lunch spot past Devil’s Kitchen overlooking the distant Apostles. Wilder days will give an insight into the cauldron-like ocean at this part of the coast. A high tide option combines coastal scrub with forest and walks through Devil’s Kitchen campsite.

Stunning coastal views to the west this afternoon provide the incentive to keep moving forward. The topography and geology change from sandstone to limestone and its associated coastal flora. This afternoon is gentle walking that finishes at the Wreck Beach carpark, where our bus will be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge.

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Day 4: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

Approximately 3 hours walking

Enjoy your final morning at Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge. After another wholesome breakfast, there’s a final pack up, check out and lodge farewell before a 45 minu te drive back to Princetown.

These fabulous natural wonders emerge on slow reveal as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. There is a viewing lookout exclusively for walkers before our final stretch of trail into the Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre. You’ve made it!

Take to the skies to bid farewell with a 15-minute helicopter flight. Capturing the chiselled coastline from above gives scale not only to the Apostles but the trek you’ve completed. Follow this with a final lunch in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell before returning to Melbourne. We offer a drop off to the airport and Melbourne CBD after your walk. (5.30/6pm drop off to Mercure Southbank and to Tullamarine for domestic flights from 6.30pm/ international flights after 7:30pm).

Itinerary Details

Twelve Apostles Signature Walk with Journeying Women

September 9-12, 2023 | $3,395 per person

  • 4-day 3-night guided walk
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 8 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 9.


Single supplement

  • We do not charge for a single supplement as all rooms can be divided into two to offer privacy with dual access to the bathroom.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply to all bookings. In addition:

  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • within 90 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings can be transferred to another name.
  • Minimum numbers are required four months before departure.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the departure will be confirmed.  Due to the high fixed costs on these trips, guests on our ‘Limited Edition Walks' who postpone due to COVID-19 as per our Peace of Mind Booking Guarantee, will incur an amendment fee of $1,000 to reschedule to another departure date. All cancellations by guests will incur cancellation fees according to our standard terms and conditions. Bookings are transferrable.


  • Return transfers between Melbourne and the walk base
  • 3-night lodge stay, all linen and towels
  • 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Use of daypack, waterproof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Daily guided walks, with professional eco-guide
  • Vehicle support daily
  • All entrance & national park fees
  • Optional airport drop off day 4
  • A bespoke wellbeing program facilitated by The Journeying Women Leaders 

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