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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Shoreham to Point Leo Beachwalk

I did the return walk of 10 km from Shoreham to Point Leo, on October 12, 2006.

Shoreham is a small and very tranquil seaside township of about 200 people located 80 km south of Melbourne on the eastern edge of the Mornington Peninsula. It is just off the Flinders-Frankston Rd and 200 metres from the western shore of Western Port Bay.

This part of the coast is really very beautiful and quite exclusive. All of the land between Flinders and Point Leo was once part of a large pastoral property which has since been broken up, but not in a suburban manner. The smaller subdivisions take the form of small acreages rather than urban allotments.

There are fine coastal views across Western Port to Phillip Island and out through the headlands, The Nobbies and Seal Rocks to Bass Strait.

The first run in the area was established in the 1840s and the township began to emerge in the 1870s. Dairying, farming, timber and pastoral enterprises have long characterized the local economy.

The main beach gathers about the estuary of a creek and its reefs and rock pools render it of interest to families. It is possible to walk north to Point Leo and, on the rare occasions when the tides are right, south to Flinders.

The full set of photos is at

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/315519/index.html

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