Surf Coast & Bellarine Peninsula self-guided nature walks FAQ

What level of fitness is required for your walking holidays?

Our average daily walk is about 15 kilometres, so to enjoy the day you need to prepare prior to the trip. We recommend doing at least two 10 km walks each week, carrying a small day pack to get used to it.

Some days are longer and we try to have a lighter day the next day for you to take it easier. Take a look at our walking holidays itineraries for more information:

How do we grade our self-guided walking tours?

All our self-guided walking tours are graded in line with the Australian Walking Track Grading System.

  • Grade 1: up to 5 km.
  • Grade 2: up to 10 km with gentle hills.
  • Grade 3: up to 20 km, short steep hills, formed tracks with some obstacles.
  • Grade 4: greater than 20 km distance, very steep hills, rough track, maybe obstacles.
  • Grade 5: greater than 20km distance, very steep and difficult hills, rough and unformed track.

For more information please visit www.depi.vic.gov.au or contact Footprint Walks.

What support do you offer?

We have a 24-hour on-call manager for advice and help if you are worried about anything. Should anything go wrong we want the chance to rectify things so you can continue enjoying your walking holiday. Please call 0437 752 143.

What’s in the walking holiday pack?

A Footprint Walks wallet incorporating the itinerary for each day with places of interest along the way, restaurant recommendations and the nightly accommodation, detailed maps and trail directions. We also provide personalised luggage labels for transfer, as well as 24/7 emergency contact lists and taxi numbers for tired walkers.

What is the accommodation like?

We try to get the best accommodation we can, but it can vary depending on what is available. We think safe, clean,warm and hospitable accommodation with a compulsory private ensuite is a must. If there is better available you will be in it.

Luggage transfer

Occurs while you are walking after 10am. You will have personalised luggage tags and a maximum of one piece of luggage, no greater than 20 kilograms per person.

Travel information

We can provide information and suggestions on how to arrive at our trail head for departure on the nature walks. We do not include transfers to and from your walking holiday.

How do I book one of your walking holidays?

Please read the terms and conditions in our self-guided walking tours booking policy. Then fill in the booking form and send it to us. We will then confirm your booking and you will need to pay the deposit to hold that booking.

How do I pay?

Either pay by credit card over the phone, bank or post office cheque made payable to FOOTPRINT WALKS, or via internet banking as a direct deposit. Once received, your booking is confirmed at that price and all you have to do is get excited and start walking to build up the legs!

Tips for happy walkers

  • If  you have a medical emergency call 000.
  • Always walk towards oncoming traffic (right-hand side of road) if walking along a road.
  • We recommend you wear SPF 50+ sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Always carry insect repellent.
  • Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Always carry a rain coat.
  • Carry a spare set of clothes.
  • Carry a bag for rubbish – please do not litter our beautiful environment.
  • Always carry your Footprint Walks daily map with trail notes.
  • Check the tides daily.
  • Check the weather daily to decide what to wear.
  • We recommend wearing long pants or gators to protect your legs.
  • Wear good, comfortable, protective footwear and socks.
  • Always start the day with bottled water and snacks in your pack.
  • Always carry some money with you to buy a coffee, lunch, gifts or entry fees.
  • Don’t forget to take some ‘happy snaps’ and load them to our Footprint Walks Facebook page
  • If unsure where you are, ask for directions.