Surf Coast Walk – Bells Beach to Anglesea
This is a gorgeous walk with a snippet of coastline, some dramatic cliffs and rolling hills thrown in for good measure. Perfect when you are short on time but want variety and dramatic scenery. Apart from a couple of short hills it’s an easy and enjoyable walk to get some k’s in the legs.
We’d decided we wanted to avoid having to back track, so we did a car shuffle – one of us parked at the end then drove back in the other car to the start. I’ve done half of this walk a few times now, so I was super excited to check out the second part rather than having to double back on ourselves today.
It was meant to be cool and overcast today – in typical SW Victorian style – that was completely wrong! It was a gorgeous day, just enough sunshine to enjoy but with a cool ocean breeze keeping us cool for the most part.
We set out late morning, but with the long days at the moment, we knew we had plenty of time. Even with many photo stops (my friend had just got a selfie pole – really cool! Dear Santa…please add selfie pole to my list…), we made good time.
Almost straight away, we were treated to a (short) walk along the beach at Bells. For such a famous beach it’s so tiny! But, with the large carpark and toilet facilities it’s a perfect place to start. The ‘clothing optional’ section of beach at Bells Southside didn’t appeal to either of us, so we continued on to the on the Ironbark Basin section of the walk. I had warned my friend that this added a fairly long hill, and that there was no water in the basin, but we both agreed that we love hills and need more of them! I’m sure there’s a word for someone who enjoys something that they know is going to suck, but does it anyway (for fun)…?
After coming back out close to the cliffs we were treated to the best scenery of the day at Pt Addis. We could already look back and see where we’d come from (it already seemed pretty far…), and around every corner was something new to grab out the camera for.
We then headed down to the beach for a km – I found this the toughest part of the day. The sand was soft, and I was getting pretty hungry by then.
After a short stop (and some refuelling) it was an easy and scenic ramble into Anglesea.
Where: Surf Coast Walk Bells Beach to Anglesea – 17.6 km’s
Highlights: Pt Addis. When the guidebook describes somewhere as a ‘tiger snake breading ground’ you would think it wasn’t that great – but don’t let that put you off (and for the record we didn’t see any snakes all day)
Lowlights: I hurt my toe before heading out today. It kind of bothered me for part of the walk. And by ‘kind of bothered’ I mean it hurt like a b@tch!