Great Ocean Walk Stage One
Start: Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre
Finish: Elliot Ridge hike-in Campsite
Duration: 4 hrs
The Great Ocean Walk Stage One starts at my favourite Great Ocean Road Town, the beautiful Apollo Bay, at the Visitor Information Centre. It starts off easy enough with a casual stroll along the Apollo Bay foreshore, past the Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club before leaving the township. After crossing the Barham River bridge you follow Mounts Bay around towards Marengo. This is about as easy as it gets along the entire hike, so you're eased into what's to come. You then continue on to Cape Marengo (Hayley Point) where you can take in some magnificent ocean views out to Marengo Reef.
After some more coastal walking, you begin to climb as you venture into Eucalypt forests and Fern gullies. From here to Shelly Beach there are a number of decision points. At low tide and calm seas, the coastal route is possible, or you can take the route along the low cliff tops overlooking Bass Strait.
This stretch is actually part of the Shelly Beach Circuit Walk, which is one of the most scenic short walks along the Great Ocean Road, so if you're going to 'cherry pick', be sure to include this walk!
Once at Shelly Beach, it's a short climb to Elliot Ridge hike-in campsite.
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