With many of us having a little more time on our hands, now is the perfect time to get out into the fresh air, make the most of the perfect autumn weather and explore your surrounds.

We are so lucky to live on the Surf Coast, and walking is one of the best ways to explore it.

Walking is the best way to keep the body moving and allows us to find some stillness when things around may feel a little crazy. It’s also an activity that can be done solo, with friends (at a distance) or better still, with a furry 4-legged friend.

Here we’ve put together a list of some great walks that we have close by living on the Surf coast. There are many to choose from, however these are some of our favourites…

  1. Point Addis
    • Not only is Point Addis an amazing view and swimming spot, but it also has the Ironbark Basin Walk. You can start and finish this walk in the same place, either at the top or bottom car park, or walk from Point Addis to Bells beach. It is the 5th section of the Surf Coast walk and offers many spectacular views along the way.
  2. Erskine Falls Walk
    • Head a little further down the Great Ocean Road past Lorne and you will find the Erskine Falls Walk. This walk is short and sharp, but the view at the end is very worthwhile. This hike is suitable for most walkers, however there are a number of steps involved. Lorne is also a great area to explore, with a number of walks in the surrounding area.
  3. Torquay Foreshore to Whites Beach
    • This walk is particularly great as it’s dog friendly and off-lead (dependant on the time of year in parts). When the tide is in your favour you can walk right the way to Barwon Heads and beyond, meaning this walk can be a half hour or half day walk, dependant on how much time you have!
  4. Surf Coast Walk
    • This track offers 44km of coastal paths and runs right the way from Torquay to Aireys Inlet. The trail is easily accessed and walkers, nature lovers and trail runners alike will all enjoy this track. From Torquay you can walk out past Jan Juc to Bells Beach and back, or alternatively keep on walking and organise a lift back into town.
  5. Grasstree Park Nature Reserve
    • this nature reserve is situated just as you come into Torquay on the Surf Coast Highway. It is a small reserve packed full of the amazing grasstree and wildflowers. There are up to 2km of easy walking tracks with an off-lead area for dogs. For those that are looking for an easy walk, this is a great option. It is also conveniently close to Surf Coast Coffee Roasters, home of the best brew in town!

We’d love to hear from you in regards to your favourite walking tracks and feel free to tag us in your walking snaps! We are always keen to learn new spots and explore more of what the Surf Coast has to offer. 

 

Alice Kilpatrick

Podiatrist