Money raised

5,720

Total Fundraisers

9

Total Donations

29

Escape to the spectacular south coast of Australia and walk 46km over four days across deserted beaches, through towering forests and along wild, wind-swept cliffs steeped in history. Enjoy this lodge-based walk with great company, lightweight packs, passionate guides, and local food and wine.

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is an easy to moderate 4 day walk with lightweight daypacks along the Great Ocean Walk, culminating at the iconic Twelve Apostles and returning each evening to our private eco-lodge. Hosted by our CEO, Claire Baines, this walk is our latest offering to challenge our community, create a memorable shared experience, and raise funds to support our kids in Thailand. 

We have partnered with Tasmanian Walking Company to deliver a range of incredible trekking experiences in 2022 that we know you are going to love. This means that part of the registration and walk logistics will be managed by their team however all of your fundraising will be done through the Hands Across the Water website. 

There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $3,000 to participate in this experience. The best part... upon achievement of your fundraising goal, The Tasmanian Walking Company will apply a $500 discount off the retail price of the walk. That's a huge saving just for hitting your fundraising target. 

Where

12 Apostles Great Ocean Road

When

11th January, 2022 - 14th January, 2022

Distance

46km in 4 days

Trekkers

10 amazing humans

Itinerary

Day 1

10th January

Arrive in Melbourne. If you are travelling interstate we will provide hotel recommendations for your stay. You will be responsible for making your own accommodation bookings at the start and end of the program. 
 
We will host a welcome drink and briefing prior to departing from Travelodge Southbank the following morning. 

Day 2

11th January

Meet for departure at 7:45am sharp at the Travelodge Southbank Restaurant, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000 
Transfer to Apollo Bay where we will commence our Trek experience. 
Castle Cove to Johanna Beach - 7km

Day 3

12th January

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.’

Milanesia Track to Moonlight Head - 14km

Day 4

13th January

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.

Moonlight Head to Princetown - 17km 

Day 5

14th January

A truly memorable day as we make our way to the Twelve Apostles. These fabulous natural wonders emerge on slow reveal as the trail rises and falls along the coastline. Upon arrival you will take to the skies with a thrilling Twelve Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of the coast. Ten minutes of leg resting, aerial wonder!

Princetown to the Twelve Apostles - 8km
Transfer back to Melbourne for final dinner with the team. 

TOUR COST:

Total Cost: $2,345*
(RRP: $2,845)


*The Tasmanian Walking Co will discount your walk fee by $500 when you meet your $3,000 fundraising goal. 

$750 required to secure your booking today.
$350 is non refundable to Tasmanian Walking Co if you cancel your place on the experience.  

Your registration will be handled in two parts. 

REGISTRATION - PART 1  
$250 Hands Trek Add On Package

You can confirm your place on the Trek and set up your fundraising profile by registering for the Hands Trek Add On Package. The $250 fee covers your Trek shirt, welcome drinks, final dinner in Melbourne and a fundraising profile for your experience. 

REGISTRATION - PART 2
$2,095 

The Trek Cost $2,095* will be payable to The Tasmanian Walking Company. They will require a $500 booking to confirm your place with the balance due on 11th October. Once we have received your registration through the Hands website, we will connect you with the team from The Tasmanian Walking Co who will work with you to get more information and arrange deposit payments. 

*The retail price for the Walk is $2,595 if you do not meet your $3,000 fundraising target for the experience.

TREK INCLUSIONS:

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

12 Apostles scenic helicopter flight

You can read more about the experience, the inclusions and The Tasmanian Walking Company here.  

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Gallery

Here's a sneek peak of the incredible experience on offer.

Beautiful lodge, scenery, food and foot spas... what more could you want out of a trekking experience. 

Leaderboard

Distance

Fundraising

The minimum fundraising requirement for this experience is AU$3,000. Upon achievement of your target you will receive a $500 discount off the full retail price of the walk component of the experience. 

You have up until 30 days prior to the departure date to hit your fundraising goal to qualify for the discount. 

There are many ways to fundraise and we are here to help every step of the way so don't be afraid to ask. 

Your own fundraising page

Selling or purchasing ticket packages to Future of Leadership

A personal donation

Holding your own event

Selling raffle tickets

FAQs

What is the Cost ?

In addition to the tour costs you will need to arrange domestic flights to Melbourne. Your registration will be handled in two parts. 

The Trek Cost $2,095* will be payable to The Tasmanian Walking Company. They will require a $500 booking to confirm your place and the balance is due on 11th October. 
The Hands Trek Add On Pack ($250) will be payable to Hands Across the Water at the time of registration. 
*The retail price for the Walk is $2,595 if you do not meet your $3,000 fundraising target for the experience. 

To participate, it is a requirement to raise AU$3,000.

Cancellations:

  • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded to you;
  • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded to you; or
  • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • The Hands component is refundable less any costs incurred at the time of cancellation. 

Is Fundraising Compulsory ?

Yes. By fundraising a minimum of $3,000 for your Trek experience, you provide 350 children in our care with access to basic necessities, healthcare and education. Importantly, you are providing them with a life of choice. You will also benefit from a $500 discount off your Trek Registration. 

What happens if the event is cancelled due to coronavirus?

In the event of the ride being cancelled due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued or the credit can be transferred to a future trek.

If the event is postponed due to COVID-19 any funds paid will be transferred to the new walk date. 

In the event that a participant chooses not to particpiate in the trek experience that is still going ahead due to coronavirus concerns will be treated as a 'change of mind' therefore cancellation. The non refundable $350 deposit will be forfeited. 

What is the best way to start my fundraising?

Getting started can be a bit daunting at first; we always say the first $1,000 is the hardest and then it gets easier. Below are our top 3 tips to get your fundraising dial off zero: 

  1. Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. Update your page with your profile image, a story about why you are fundraising and share directly from your page to kick start those dollars coming in. 
  2. Make a personal donation to your fundraising page. This can help set the tone for your supporters and show your commitment to your experience.  
  3. Download our fundraising guide that includes tips and tricks for planning events, auctions and raffles to help you raise your funds. 

If you need support please reach out to the team at team@handsacrossthewater.org.au

So... are you up for the challenge?

With places strictly limited to 10 people, this amazing once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed.

Secure your place today via deposit using the checkout below. You'll be talking about this experience for years to come!