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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
Step into the unknown Get out in it. Get among it. See it, hear it, feel it. That's our advice when it comes to holidaying in the Geelong Otway region in summer because there's so much to see. And we think putting on a good pair of shoes and going for a walk is the best way to experience it. From rivers to lakes, from stunning coastline to dense bush, this region is a rambler's paradise. This is just a quick guide to a random selection of walks on offer but there are so many, and for all abilities, it's best to pop into your nearest tourist information centre and ask for a list of tracks near you. Take an easy stroll along Corio Bay and grab an ice cream at the end, walk along a river and find a waterfall, or get serious and trek all day along rugged remote coastline. There's lots on offer, all you have to do is decide where to take your first step. INSIDER'S TIP: Carrying a bottle of water, wearing suitable shoes and having insect repellent handy will help you enjoy your walk. SURF COAST POINT DANGER TO BELLS BEACH Stretching all the way from Bancoora to Lorne, this 65km walk takes you past the big coastal towns of Torquay and Anglesea and along deserted stretches of beach and bush. If the whole stretch is a bit too much for you, and locals suggest it is about a three-day mission, then just do a section of it. The Point Danger to Bells Beach section has you starting at one of the region's most sheltered beaches, Cosy Corner, and finishing at the rugged world famous surfing mecca, along the way walking on red clifftops studded with dinosaur fossils. DIFFICULTY: Easy/moderate DISTANCE/TIME: 6.5km one way, about two hours. INSIDER'S TIP: Always check tide times before walking on beaches as some points are impassable on high tide. GEELONG WATERFRONT This popular and pleasant walk along the edge of Corio Bay is paved the whole way and is flat, so it's perfect for families and prams. Begin at Eastern Beach or Eastern Gardens and follow the path along the water's edge past the yacht club and carousel to Rippleside, where there are barbecues, shelters and a playground. The city's past is brought to life with bollards painted as historical figures dotted along the walk. There's plenty of places for a picnic, or stop in at restaurants along the way. DIFFICULTY: Easy DISTANCE/TIME: About 5km return, 1.5 hours. INSIDER'S TIP: Pick up a souvenir guidebook explaining the history behind each bollard at the Geelong Visitor Information Centre in the National Wool Museum on Moorabool St. BELLARINE BARWON BLUFF Explore the township of Barwon Heads before you start this walk at the scenic mouth of the Barwon River. Choose a calm day at low tide and this walk is a beach stroll -- in different weather it is a bit more challenging around the rocks. Take time checking out the rock pools on the low parts of the walk beside the river, then the views over Bass Strait, the Rip and across to the Mornington Peninsula from the high point on the Bluff. DIFFICULTY: Easy/moderate DISTANCE/TIME: 1.5km return, less than one hour. INSIDER'S TIP: Take the steps down from the Bluff to the long rugged Thirteenth Beach to extend your walk. OTWAYS APOLLO BAY TO SHELLY BEACH The Great Ocean Walk has rightly become an iconic trek. The eight-day 104km walk stretches from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles, takes in some of the country's most spectacular coastline and opens up access to areas vehicles can't get to. Do one section or do them all, with various shuttle buses and camping or accommodation arrangements available. The first section from Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach passes Marengo, takes in beaches with rock shelves and moves from rolling green hills to dense temperate rainforest on the last part into Shelly Beach. DIFFICULTY: Moderate DISTANCE/TIME: 8km one way, about 3.5 hours. INSIDER'S TIP: Go to the Parks Victoria or Geelong Otway Tourism websites before tackling any section of this walk for the latest information on tracks and hazards. take a WAL K GEELONG ADVERTISER I 27
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