Barwon Heads – a closer look

Posted on March 14, 2018 in News

When you book a self-guided walking holiday with Footprint Walks you are booking an authentic luxury, local experience. Footprint Walks provide daily breakfast at some of the region’s best restaurants and cafes, we transport your luggage from point to point ensuring you have all the comforts of home after a day of walking. In addition we provide you with trail notes and maps so you will have the excitement and fun of navigating your way through the Bellarine’s quaint coastal villages. To ensure that you are truly informed we are going to explore all of our destinations in more detail so you can get excited about your future self-guided walking holiday.

Today is a beautiful day for a Bellarine Peninsula self-guided walking tour and so let’s take a closer look at the beautiful coastal village of Barwon Heads. As a child I stayed there annually over the Christmas school holidays and I still get excited about going to Barwon Heads today. A trip to Barwon Heads brings back many memories of days spent digging holes in the cold sand and floating with the tide in the river. In those days it was a rite of passage to climb the bluff cliff side and find some of the caves to play in.

Today the town has changed but it still delivers bags of retro charm around sun, sand and food. So to fuel the body we start at Barwon Orange a cute little cafe in the middle of town that whips us up some scrambled eggs and hot, creamy, flat whites. From there we walked to the top of the main street to the park where our Bellarine Peninsula self-guided walking holiday begins. As there is no access to the river at this point you are able to walk along the back of some lovely properties that face the river eventually meeting the river at the top of Carr st.

Many boating enthusiasts access the river here from a selection of ramps to explore the waterways. Fisherman have already set up a shady spot to spend the day hopefully returning home with the catch of the day.

As we explore the costal Moonah Woodlands along this part of the river, this area is home to many species of wildlife like bats and the long nosed bandicoot. It’s a vulnerable environment to foot traffic so stick to the paths. Before you know it the beachie feel is behind you and you are walking past cows and old deserted farmhouses reminding me that Barwon Heads was and still is rural in parts.

Suddenly I have arrived back to the park and at the halfway point of the village 12 km walk but it’s time for a cool refreshment before heading along the beach towards the Bluff and the ocean vistas of 13th beach. Tomorrow you leave Barwon Heads and undertake a 20 km walk to Queenscliffe, in our next blog we will be exploring Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.