Best walks on Victoria’s Surf Coast
Victoria’s Surf Coast is made for walking. Read our guide to the best tracks, surf vistas and selfie spots.
From Jan Juc and Winkipop to Bells Beach, the 44-kilometre Surf Coast Walk links Victoria’s best waves. It can be tackled in sections, and is popular with local surfers such as Craig Baird, curator of the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay. Some of Craig’s favourite spots along the track include Point Impossible, Point Danger and south of Bells, but his highlight is a no-brainer: “For me the heart of the Surf Coast Walk is the area around Point Addis. It’s simply beautiful, with imposing cliffs and few hints of any residential dwellings or development.”
Craig’s top pick for a breather is Torquay’s Third Wave Kiosk. “There’s always bound to be some characters there getting their caffeine fix, checking the surf, or making a pitstop on their dog walk,” he says.
The Great Otway National Park encircles the Surf Coast’s townships. Behind Lorne snakes 60 kilometres of marked tracks – from 15-minute ambles to all-day treks, winding through temperate rainforest to secluded waterfalls and fern-filled dells.
Avoid the crowds at Erskine Falls and visit Cumberland Falls on the six-kilometre return walk through the valley starting from Cumberland River Holiday Park – pack the togs for a dip at Jebbs Pool. Keen hikers can tackle the 20.5-kilometre Cumberland River Trail, which loops through the pretty Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls.