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View across Shelley Beach from Three Creeks Section of Great Ocean Walk

It was great to get out with friends and kids for a New Year’s Day walk while we were down at Apollo Bay.  We checked the tide times – quite important for the coastal walks down here as many involve beach walking, which is only possible at low tides and in calm seas.   We were in luck – low tide meant we could head for the gorgeous rock pools of Shelley Beach, just one kilometre down to the beach through the rainforest from the bush car park at Elliot River Road.  From there it was a fun and easy rock hop around a number of coves to reach tiny Three Creeks Beach, then off the beach to join part of the Great Ocean Walk, along the cliff tops and back to the start.  The final 900m uphill at the end made my heart and lungs take notice, but could be taken in easy stages for a more leisurely walk.  Just 3km from start to finish, but with sea, rainforest and glorious views, this walk was short but perfectly formed, and definitely will make the Great Ocean Road Best Walks book!

Zac's starfish, Shelley Beach rockpools, near Apollo Bay

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Mariner’s Falls Walk, near Paradise, Apollo Bay

After the excitement of Christmas, we have decamped with some other families down to Apollo Bay for a week of surfing and walking while we see in the New Year.  Apollo Bay is a terrific base for exploring the surrounding Otways and Great Ocean Road.  We have been doing lots of lovely short walks with our menagerie of children, ages 6 to 14.  The walking here is very family friendly – lots of rivers, stepping stones, waterfalls, ancient tree fern gullies, fish, roaring waves, rockpools and towering mountain ash trees. I have written up a number of them for the Great Ocean Road Best Walks book, including Mariner’s Falls (just past aptly named ‘Paradise’!), Maits Rest rainforest loop, the Shelley Beach – Elliot River Loop Walk, Blanket Bay and the Cape Otway Light Station.  All of these walks have really appealed to the kids – shady, varied and not too long!  Tomorrow we are going to walk from Aire River camp site along the coastal undercliff escarpment to Castle Cove, which is one of my favourite sections of the Great Ocean Walk. Can’t wait!

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