|Conditions were a bit overcast this afternoon.|
Luckily (as it turned out) I had to do a few hours at work this morning before heading down to the Surf Coast. Normally ‘work’ and ‘lucky’ aren’t words that would appear in the same sentence together in my Feral world. This morning the lucky part of the sentence was inserted because, as I pulled up into the dark car park at work and went to check my emails I realised that my phone was still plugged into the charger at home….what the fuck is wrong with me?
Now my first reaction was to abandon all plans and retreat to the couch to watch Trump’s latest cluster fuck on CNN (always guaranteed to make me realise that as bad as things are in my Feral world it’d be a whole lot worse if I was living in America). As luck would have it though my few hours of work drudgery allowed my foggy brain to process the situation a bit better. After a quick look at the Aireys Inlet tide times and a few rough calculations I decided that I’d have time to head back to Chateau Feral, grab my errant phone and still get the walk done in the daylight hours…maybe.
|Setting off today I avoided the beach and climbed up onto the cliff tops towards the Aireys Inlet Lighthouse.|
|I'd be finishing my walk with a 4 kilometres walk along this beach in a few hours - hopefully with a somewhat lower tide.|
|The lighthouse lookout is a good one.|
|Up until now I'd been walking the Surf Coast Walk....|
|The Painkalac Dam spillway.|
|Crossing straight over Gentle Annie Track I started to drop down to Moggs Creek Picnic Area.|
|I took the left fork on the climb up to Ocean View Lookout.|
|Split Point Lighthouse and Aireys Inlet.|
|The biggest danger on this walk is probably crossing the Great Ocean Road I'm thinking.|
|Approaching the Pole House at Fairhaven.|
I walked 21.6 kilometres and climbed 460 metres on this medium-hard grade stroll. I’m thinking that this walk would be a lot better on a sunny day and if the weather was warm a swim is always an option, spring would be good for the wildflowers on the long forest sections. I used the notes out of the Chapman book Day Walks Victoria today, the only time I had any navigational issues was at Distillery Creek Picnic Area but that was totally my fault and not a flaw in the notes. Mr Tempest has also written up a similar version of this walk in one of his books I think. Another option for this walk would be to start at Moggs Creek Picnic Area or Distillery Creek Picnic Area and have lunch at a café or the pub in Aireys Inlet.
Urquhart Bluff & Aireys Inlet, 2018.
Ironbark Gorge & Currawong Falls, Geat Otway National Park, 2017.
Angelsea to Point Addis, Great Otway National Park, 2018.