This morning, I drove south from Melbourne, to eastern Great Ocean Road and to Anglesea, to hike the Eumeralla Circuit. Good Mrs is working in Sydney next few days and hiking in new destinations is now within reach (new car!). Anglesea for me for 3 days and 2 nights.
The Eumeralla Circuit starts on the Surf Coast Walk. First by following Angelsea River to its river mouth. Then northeast over the clifftops alongside the water.
You can continue walking the Surf Coast Walk to Torquay and beyond, but I turned inlands after some 7km.
Hiking away from the water was less interesting. You could be anywhere. Although, there was a wide variety of trails and scenery.
After walking down Noble Street from my hostel to Anglesea River, I was on the Surf Coast Walk.
Pretty with plenty of water. Apparently, Anglesea River floods regularly.
During high or medium tide, is it not recommended to walk along the beach. Looked like medium tide today so I chose the track above the beach (behind below).
Erosion, unstable cliffs and surfaces was today’s order. Like here where half of the path is deemed dangerous.
Pretty signs, wouldn’t you say?
Briefly, the Surf Coast Trail diverted away from my old map. Explanation here. Revegetation due to instability.
The Surf Coast Walk is also favoured by mountain bikers. Understandable!
Headlands along water are rarely flat. What goes down, must go up. However, only in a few places.
Today’s first break after hiking 5km. Airing out the feet in the process.
The views southwest from above. OK, I had to stand up, negotiate a fence and risk my life close to the edge for this photo.
Views other way…
Watch for “To Hurst Road Carpark” sign below…
However, first more straight ahead. My map suggested go to this lookout. Here I am…
Lookout in other direction. Perhaps they could bring the lookout further…
What animal had dug below? A wombat?
Behind me below is Hurst Road…
…essentially a fire trail. A tad dull.
However, I missed the right gate below. I continued some 500 meters too far and had to return back here.
An altogether different surface again…
Close to Great Ocean Road was a pond. Perfect. Although not quite noon yet, time to eat lunch.
Suddenly, “Telegraph Road” appeared.
The Eumeralla Circuit circles the Eumeralla Memorial Scout Camp with this most impressive entrance.
When did Telecom cease to exist as an Australian organisation? Rebadged Telstra ages ago, but perhaps not everywhere…
Why is this named Firebreak Track? Mmmmmm… Anglesea Mine in distance
The Eumeralla Circuit eventually returns you to Anglesea River, which “just popped up” among the trees.
Other Anglesea leisure activities include canoeing and fishing as demonstrated below.
Coogoorah Park off Anglesea River looked like “tamed” wetlands. Plenty of wooden bridges, birdlife and young people fishing.
Although not all wooden bridges went somewhere…
Ahh, that’s why!
At Coogoorah Park, I was on “my” side of Anglesea River. A few streets away took me back to my hostel.
A most pleasant day, however, the coastline is far superior to the interior. Although, with cool and overcast weather, another fantastic day on the trail. Walk everywhere!!!