George Bass Coastal Walk, San Remo, Victoria.

Hi Friends,

I’d like to share with you a beautiful coastal walk that I recently did on my road trip, I have been wanting to do this one for a while. This stop is on the way to Phillip Island, in a town called San Remo and I highly recommend this for walking/hiking fans.

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Some of the walking trail – a narrow pathway running along the cliffs of the coastline.

I did find this to be a somewhat challenging hike as it alternates between uphill and downhill inclines (still a bit unfit at the moment but I am working on it!). The views kept me going as I had to see what was around the next corner.

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Rugged cliffs surrounding private beaches

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Where: 100km South East of Melbourne. The hike starts from a carpark at the end of Punchbowl Road in San Remo. You can also start the hike from Bass Highway, Kilcunda. For a map of the trail and more information, please check out this pdf from Parks Victoria.

When: Any season.

Length/Time: 14km return (4 hours) to do the full George Bass Walk. You can stop and turn around at any point though, depending on your fitness level/time limitations. I did not complete the full walk.

Difficulty/Experience Level: An average level of fitness is required, as mentioned earlier it is an alternating uphill and downhill battle.

Terrain: The terrain is mixed – made up of gravel, dirt and grass paths along the cliffs. It was muddy in some parts of the trail. Sturdy runners or hiking shoes would be suitable.

Other Notes/Tips:

-There is limited shade so if you are fair skinned or susceptible to sunburn like me come prepared with a hat and make sure you are wearing sunscreen, especially on a sunny day.

-I would recommend downloading the above PDF just so you have an idea of what to expect from the trail. It also contains some historical information and other safety tips.

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The walking trail has many twists and turns, giving you a multitude of different perspectives of cliffs, beaches and the sea.

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I set up around this cliff and had my snack which was a Cliff bar haha and played around with slow shutter speed settings and my tripod.

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Hi Frens!

I came across a few fields of cows on this hike and the field in the picture above I found quite mesmerising. It reminded me of when I was in Austria, with their bright green Teletubby-esque hills spotted with cows.

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I concluded my hike at a very secluded beach called Half-Moon Bay (cliff view of the bay is depicted below) and then I headed back in the opposite direction.

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Half Moon Bay coastline

At the time, I didn’t actually realise that the walk goes a lot further along the coastline – it is a 7km walk (one way), I was way too exhausted to do that haha. I guestimate that I walked around 2km of it one way- so 4km in total. The beauty of this walk is that it does cater to all fitness levels in the sense that you can do the full 14km return or a shorter walk as I did.

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I don’t think this beach or any of the beaches along this stretch of coastline are suitable for swimming as there were many warning signs nearby – warning of freak waves, sudden tide changes etc.  So, I wouldn’t count on going for a swim during/after your hike on this coastline.

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Half Moon Bay Beach

I headed to the nearby Bassine Cheesery for a yummy chocolate milkshake and to pick up some cheese (100% recommend!!!) after this walk and then got prepared for a sunset shoot. I hope you enjoyed this post, as always I look forward to sharing my next post!

Mikki 🙂

 

 

8 replies »

  1. Hi Mikki, I loved my brief visit to Phillip Island. I hope to return one day. Thanks for reminding me of the place and showing me beautiful pictures of a walk I would like to do. 🙂

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