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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Pinnacles - Woolamai Beach - Phillip Island





In-the-know surfers flock to stunning Woolamai Beach, located on the southern coastline of Phillip Island. The vast beach is virtually deserted most days and the cliffs and golden sands are a stunning backdrop to the challenging waves.

Cape Woolamai frames the eastern end of the beach – it is Phillip Island`s highest point and is criss-crossed with walking tracks that lead to viewing platforms and breathtaking views of The Pinnacles rock formations offshore. The long beach is patrolled by the Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club during the summer months.

I visited Woolamai Beach on February 16, 2009, and did the 4 km (return) hike to the top of the Pinnacles, passing the Mutton Bird rookeries.

The coastal views from the clifftop were incredible!

The sandy Pinnacles Track starts at the main car park, ascending to the clifftop, then passing the start of the staircase down to the Magiclands beach.

The walk ended at the Pinnacles Lookout, where there is a seat and information board, about 90 metres above the ocean. The Track continues on several km as a loop circuit.

This Track is marked with green arrows on marker posts, to disinguish it from other tracks on the headland which are marked in different colors.

The return was down the Magiclands Staircase and back along the beach to the car park.

This is a walk which should not be missed!

Woolamai Beach Rd is off the Phillip Island Highway, about 5 km east of Cowes.

See the full set of Photos of my visit!

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