Walk Category: Day
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Nearest town: Anglesea
Getting There: Car
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 110 km
Mobile phone coverage: Yes
Date walk data collected: October 2010
Walk details provided by: Waverley Bushwalking Club
This walk can be done all year but the flora reserve should be particularly good in spring.
From the car park, cross the bridge, turn right and follow the east bank to the river mouth. Swing left along the fence. Go up the ramp at the yellow 89W marker. Turn right at the fenced path to the right of the caravan park. Where the track
widens and the caravan park ends follow the Surf Coast Walk track markers up a boardwalk. Continue along this track through open heathland, stunted gums and a swampy gully with a boardwalk to a very small car park. Follow markers to the top of the ridge.
At a gravel road follow the walk track right and through a gate. Continue on the track following the markers to a T-junction. Continue straight ahead for about 100m to a view point of Point Addis then return to the T-junction. Turn north along the fenced track to a car park at the end of Hurst Rd. Follow the gravel track west and then north again near a triangular area. Continue north before climbing gently for 500m to a T-junction with a dirt track from the left, behind a mound of soil. Take this 4WD track left across a gully up to a spur. Pass a 4WD track on the left and 25m on pick up a narrow foot track on the right heading northwest. Follow this track over a knoll, climb to the end of 4WD track and continue on in a northwesterly direction to a T-junction with a 4WD track. Bear left and left again a short distance to the dam. Walk around the left side to the foot of the dam and the intersection of two 4WD tracks
Take the right southwest 4WD track as it meanders over a spur, under a power line, and through a swampy gully. At the top of the next rise follow an overgrown track on the right for 50m out to the Great Ocean Rd. Cross to the other side, turn left and walk a short distance down the side of the road until opposite an entry way on the left. Bush bash 20m to the right through to a well-made gravel road running parallel to the main road. Turn left (south) along here (Ixodia Track) for 700m to a junction with Black Wattle Track and an unmarked gravel road to the right. Take the unmarked road west downhill. The road forks around a fence line. Take the right branch west along the fence line to the sealed Camp Rd. The fence encloses the Department of Sustainability and Environment Southeast and Parks Victoria Anglesea Depot.
Turn right (north) for 100m and just before a power pole veer left onto a 4WD track. Follow the track, overgrown at first, behind an electricity sub-station and continue on, ignoring other side tracks, until you pass under a power line and intersect a gravel road. Turn left and walk past a rusty wreck to a better gravel road. Turn left and continue to cross a bridge over the river at the entrance to the wetlands. Immediately turn left (southwest) to follow the track along the river to Coogoorah Park. This park could be flooded in wet weather. Just past the children's playground, cross to east bank on a number of bridges. Turn right and follow the path by the river downstream to the main ridge road bridge. Cross the bridge and the Great Ocean Rd and return to the car park.
Drive to Anglesea and through Anglesea town centre. Cross over the Anglesea River. Park in the car park on the left just after the bridge near the toilets.
Melways Ref: 514 F7
Map: Vicmap 1:50000 Torquay 7721-S, First edition 2008
ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) for information on local flora and fauna
Anglesea & District Historical Society for information on history of Anglesea and local shipwrecks