Spring is well and truly here. Warm weather is creeping through our windows, thawing our frost ridden bones. It's time to head to the beach. Not for a swim, it's still way too cold for that, but for a 8km walk which meanders along the beach from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove.
The walk begins at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and finishes at The Dunes Cafe in Ocean Grove. It involves a car shuffle if you don't want to make the return trek (16km). Drive to Ocean Grove and park one car at The Dunes Cafe on Surf Beach Road then drive back to Point Lonsdale and park the other at the lighthouse. For directions on how to get from Melbourne to Ocean Grove, click here. The trip takes about 1.5 hours.
You don't need your scout or girl guide map reading qualification for this walk. All you need to do when you descend the stairs from the lighthouse to the beach is turn right and walk along the sand. Before heading off, it's important to check the tide times to make sure you'll still have sand to walk along. Begin and end your walk 1 hour either side of high tide. If you walk at a reasonable pace, it should take about 2.5 hours. Make sure you put on some sunscreen, wear a hat and take a water bottle. Even on a cloudy day, it's easy to get sunburnt or dehydrated.
Take the time to explore the lovely rock pools to just near the lighthouse.
There are many wonderful rock pools to explore at the beginning of the walk.
The beach winds in and out as you wander along. At times this makes you think you're closer to Ocean Grove than you actually are. When you start to see the blue dog poo bins attached to poles you know you're getting closer. The yellow Ocean Grove Surf Club should be clearly visible, head straight towards it.
By the time you arrive at the surf club, your stomach will be growling. Make the most of the opportunity by heading up the steps and indulging in the delicious food at The Dunes Cafe. It's difficult to pass the decadent cakes in the cabinet at the front of the cafe by.
I like to treat myself with a coffee and brownie at the Dunes after a walk like that. Our dog loves the walk too but you have to keep them on a leash when the birds are nesting in fragile dune environment :-)