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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Flinders Coast - West Head Beachwalk

The coastal settlement of Flinders is about 90 km SE of Melbourne, and dates back to the 1830s.

On the western edge of the village is an outstanding and long-established golf course which sits atop the cliffs overlooking Bass Strait.

Near the entrance to the Golf Gourse is the the West Head Lookout, which offers grand views across Bass Strait, Westernport Bay, the Back Beach, Mushroom Reef, and the ocean coast towards Cape Schanck.

A walking track/stairway descends from the Lookout to Back Beach.

At the western end of Back Beach is the start of the Ocean Beach, adjacent to the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary.

When the tide is out it is possible to see how the rocks form a T-shape which is thought to be a partial modification of a natural feature realised by the local Aborigines in order to aid their fishing activities.

Yellow triangular markers designate the boundaries of the Reef.

My visit was on Tuesday March 3, 2009, on a 4 km (return) beachwalk from the West Head Lookout along the Back Beach and Coastal Beach.

See the full set of Photos of this trip.

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