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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.
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 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.
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.