Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Anglesea
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 110 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes
Walk Details Collected: October 2010
Walk Details Provided By: Waverley Bushwalking Club
Much of the area covered by this walk is in an environmentally sensitive area and walkers are asked to respect the land and not walk off track.
The walk goes in a anti clockwise direction and follows walking tracks, roads and sandy beaches.
Coogoorah Park to Mt Ingoldsby The track leaves Coogoorah Park up the embankment west of the playground equipment in the shape of a ship. Here is the first of the aluminium Alcoa Surf Coast Walk track markers. Follow these west behind the houses, and at a gap in the fence the track moves into the heathland. The track continues west to a T-junction, turns south then west again at a dogleg, marked with a green Surf Coast Walk marker. Continue west at the same elevation under power- lines opposite Golf Course Track until reaching Messmate Track, a very wide asset protection area. If time permits, cross Messmate Track and walk through to Coalmine Road, turn right and walk to a viewing point over the Alcoa Mine. Return to Messmate Track by the same route. The track turns south here and is undulating (mainly uphill) to the top of Mt Ingoldsby. This is a good spot for a break.
Mt Ingoldsby/Harvey St to the corner of O'Donohue Road and the Great Ocean Road From Mt Ingoldsby the track passes the end of another obvious walking track on the east, and continues to Harvey Street. Turn east along Harvey Street for a short distance to a gap in the fence south of the road just before the 50 km sign and at the start of the properties. This is an entrance to the O'Donohue section of the Great Otway National Park. The track skirts the back of the properties until reaching close to the corner of Harvey Street and O'Donohue's Road. There are three tracks to the south and while they all go to the coast, the track marked W1 on an orange arrow is probably the best.
Corner O'Donohue Road and the Great Ocean Road to Anglesea Cross the Great Ocean Road and walk along the beach to the Point Roadknight Boat Clubhouse, up through the car park onto the clifftop walk, then along the coastal reserve to return to the Anglesea River. Warning: Cliffs in the area are unstable. On reaching the river, turn right and follow the western bank of the river to where the Great Ocean Road crosses the river. Cross the Great Ocean Road and take the River Reserve Road (which follows the western bank of the river) back to Coogoorah Park. Please note that it is necessary to take the clifftop option between Point Roadknight and Anglesea at medium to high tide. Rocks in this section are extremely slippery when wet.
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Drive to Anglesea. Immediately west of the Anglesea River bridge, turn right (north) up River Reserve Road to Coogoorah Park where cars can be parked. (Melways 196 E5).
Parks Victoria: Great Otway National Park
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