Day Hike / Bushwalk

Sunday morning stroll

Standard, October 19, 2014, samcook76, 0 Views 0 Comments

We set off on the Surf Coast Walk early this morning. We parked at Torquay SLSC and walked (almost) to Ironbark Basin and back. This is before the official start of the Great Ocean Road, but the scenery is similar (even if it’s a bit busier along this part of the coast).

This is such a great walk that takes you past the iconic Bells Beach, and is popular with mountain bikers (racing past at break neck speed!) and runners too. The many carparks along the way are busy with surfers, and camper vans heading off along the Great Ocean Road. With the majority of the walk being cliffs/beach on one side, and rolling green hills on the other, it’s also a feast for the senses. The sounds and smells of the ocean, mixed with native wildlife and coastal flowers and bushes, offer a fantastic variety to keep almost anyone happy.

Bells Beach

I’ve done this walk a couple of times now, and it’s around the 13km mark that I really start to feel it. When this happens I focus on putting one foot in front of the other, and take the time to soak up my surroundings. With so much going on, it’s easy to shift my focus, so that before long I’ve forgotten that my legs were getting tired!

If you haven’t done this walk before, and are from nearby, or visiting the area, I highly recommend it – especially at this time of year when it’s warm enough for a dip in the ocean at the end.

Total Distance: 15.56km

Trail Grade: Easy (a few small hills & dips)

Weather: Warm (27 deg) and overcast

Best bits: The variety of views – ocean/cliffs on one side & rolling green hills on the other side

Not so great bits: The steps back up to the carpark at Bells Beach (at the 10km mark!)

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