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Screw Creek Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk

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Published January 18th 2018
A perfect length walk for the entire family
Screw Creek

Townsend Bluff Estuary walking circuit is a scenic short coastal walk that is suitable for the entire family.

You'll find locals enjoying the 2.1km circuit with their dogs on leads, and a few 'in the know' tourists who have found this spot thanks to the volunteers at the Inverloch Information Centre (This should read me!)

Without the heads up from the Information Centre, I doubt we would have found this trail as you need to go through the Foreshore camping reserve (which kind of feels like trespassing) before you come to the start of the Screw Creek and Townsend Bluff Estuary Circuit.

View over Anderson Inlet at low tide

You can park outside of the camping reserve and walk through the campgrounds like we did, or you can drive to the car park located right at the end of Foreshore Camping Reserve Road in Inverloch, which is a continuation of The Esplanade.

The start of the Screw Creek walking trail is well signposted, and I would say near on impossible to become lost once you are on the trail.

The big tree

The trail surface is made up of sand in the lower areas, boardwalk for about 150m and compacted gravel for the most part. It's slightly undulating and has a few stairs, so it's not suitable for wheelchairs, but you shouldn't find it too difficult to navigate a pram.

The scenery changes frequently for the length of this short walk. You'll cross over Screw Creek, see the saltmarsh, then as the trail splits to the right for the circuit you go uphill towards farmland, where you'll see the giant gum tree pictured above. From here, you head towards the bluff, where there are some lovely vantage points of Anderson Inlet.

Along the way, there are many seats to stop and take it all in, but the advisory sign says the walk takes 30 minutes to complete.

Dogs are permitted on lead
Small number of car parks are available at the start of the trail
No bikes
No toilets (there are public toilets located before the entrance to the foreshore campground)

Inverloch township is located a nice 2km stroll away from the starting point (along 'The Esplanade' footpath), so if you want to extend the walk, you could make it an 6.1km walk and reward yourself in one of the town's many cafes.

Start of the trail

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Why? For scenic coastal views
When: All year round
Where: Foreshore Camping Reserve Road, Inverloch
Cost: Free
Your Comment
My husband and I moved to the Bass Coast lady November. This is my (rather large) list of walks to do in the area.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10397) 1827 days ago
Hi. Thanks for the info. Can you go for a swim anywhere along the walk? Bringing young kids
by Miria (score: 0|2) 738 days ago
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