Well, how beautiful is this early autumn weather?! 26C and blue skies meant I packed up and headed for the coast, along with 52 million other long-weekenders, but it wasn’t long before I found my stride away from the crowds. The rightly popular cliff top walk from Jan Juc Beach near Torquay through to the world famous surfing mecca, Bell’s Beach, is an easy 8km return along a well made track. There are stunning views from the top of the 35 metre high sandstone sea cliffs, and numerous opportunities to head down vertiginous stairways to the beaches to watch the surfers close up. The walk along the top is through beautiful fragile coastal heathlands, with grevilleas in full flower, and I was lucky to spot another echidna, right beside the track. Can it get better than that? Dogs are welcome, on leads, though they are restricted on the beaches at certain times of the year, so check the signs before heading onto the sand with your dog.
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Posted in Birdwatching, Bushwalking, Coastal Walks, Great Ocean Road, Uncategorized, Walking with Children, Walks, Walks with dogs, Wildlife, tagged Australian wildflowers, Bell's Beach, cliffs, echidna, Jan Juc, surfing, Torquay, walking, walks, walks with dogs on 03/13/2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Dogs, Geelong, Places to Visit, Uncategorized, Walking with Children, Walks, Walks with dogs, tagged Barwon River, colonial buildings, Geelong, Ice, industrial heritage, walking, walks, walks with dogs on 03/08/2012| 5 Comments »
I had an unexpectedly interesting walk yesterday in Geelong, along the banks of the Barwon River – I was anticipating a straightforward, shady riverside walk, but ended up with much more: grand Victorian villas and red brick industrial heritage factories, a lesson in 30 million year old geology with vistas to boot from Seaview park, and a close up commune with a pelican at the adjoining Balyang sanctuary. The Barwon River Reserves cover both banks of the Barwon River for almost its entire urban length, with excellent cycle/walking paths, and are full of hidden surprises. Who knew, for example, that the world’s first ice making machine was invented by newspaperman, James Harrison on the banks of the Barwon in 1854!!
Posted in Bushwalking, Dogs, Walking with Children, Walks with dogs, tagged bacchus marsh, Brisbane Ranges, bushwalking, cliffs, Falcon's Lookout, gum trees, ice age, rock climbing, walks, walks with dogs, wedge tailed eagles, Werribee Gorge, Werribee River on 03/01/2012| 2 Comments »
Snatched a quick day out yesterday, under the cool cloudy skies, and headed for the edge of the Brisbane Ranges, out near Bacchus Marsh. This lovely walk, while short, was so pretty and interesting – and smelt great after all the rainfall of the previous day. Falcon’s Lookout is reached via some up and down through gullies and easy rock-hopping along Ironbark Gorge – named for all the stunted Ironbark gum trees which grow on the hillside around here. The walk brings you out to the very edge of the red and orange rock cliffs of Falcon’s Lookout, named for the hunting falcons which ride the thermals above the cliffs – though you have a good chance of spotting wedge tailed eagles out here as well. The view down into ice-age, glaciated Werribee Gorge is nothing short of breathtaking, and the opportunity to walk down to the base of the cliffs to watch the rock climbers in action is an additional bonus. Dogs are also welcome in this part of the park, as long as they are on leads, so mighty Indie lead the way, leaping up and over the rocks with abandon while we huffed and puffed behind her!