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Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Brisbane Ranges

Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Brisbane Ranges

Hi everyone

Just a quick post to let you know that the 2nd print run of Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Brisbane Ranges is now available and in stock at Woodslane Press, so your local bookseller should be able to order it. Yay!  Also, at the upcoming Melbourne Dog Lovers Show, on the first weekend in May, you’ll be able to pick up ‘Melbourne for Dogs’ at the show’s book shop, run by Avenue Bookstore. Amidst all that excitement, time for me to focus on the final write up of Best Walks of the Great Ocean Road, before my long-suffering co-author, Neil Fahey, over at Bushwalking Blog, falls asleep in disgust!  Should be out mid year.

Meantime, I am excited about my forthcoming birthday walk – 6 days on the Larapinta Trail – in central Australia. I love, love, LOVE deserts and one of my all time favourite travel moments was 4 days in the deserts of Wadi Rum in Jordan when I was doing that backpacker thang.

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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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Tacking Point Lighthouse and Miner's Beach, on the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk

 

Another Walking detour entry while on holidays away from Melbourne: 

Heading south from Brisbane, we stopped in at Port Macquarie and had a spectacular walk earlier this week along part of the new 8km Coastal walk.  The kids really enjoyed clambering over the headland between Shelly Beach and the secluded, rockpool-strewn Miner’s Beach.  The short steep climb up the stairs to the doll’s house proportions of Tacking Point Lighthouse was luckily wind-assisted, and roundly rewarded with the spectacular sight of huge humpback whales breaching and smashing back into the waves on their annual migration.  Tacking Point was named by Matthew Flinders on his 1802 circumnavigation of Australia and the lighthouse sits atop it looking much like a tiny white Greek Island church.  For more info on the coastal walk: http://www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au/explore/location.aspx?cid=30&id=200

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