A scenic coastal walk featuring soft sandy beaches, swimming, fishing and historical points of interest.
Park at the Point Ritchie car park, on the city side of the Hopkins River, and absorb the spectacular ocean views from the viewing platform nearby.
Take the narrow path at the left of the carpark down to a tiny beach on the river’s edge. The river mouth here is constantly changing — sometimes running swiftly into the ocean and sometimes coming to a standstill.
When conditions are right, the area is ideal for a swim or for wading across to the expanse of beach which lies opposite. The rugged rocky outcrops in the area make for great exploring or even a spot of photography.
Return to the carpark, and walk down the wooden steps on the other side of the main beach. The water is dotted with sand filled rockpools at low tide, ideal for relaxing in during the warmer weather.
Lying in the sand dunes along the beach, is Granny’s Grave, the burial place of the first white woman to be buried in Warrnambool, (1848).
After your beach walk, return to the carpark and back to the trail on the far side. This time, veer left rather than down toward the beach. This sheltered little trail runs parallel to the river, providing fishing access in some places, and emerging at the Hopkins River Bridge. Local fishermen are often seen here dangling a line.
Continue across Hopkins Point Road (not along the bridge) and through the gateway leading into the grounds of Lyndoch. The path leads through lovely gardens along the river’s edge, then finally to a bitumen road. Following the road to your right, you will arrive at the elegant Proudfoot’s Boathouse.
Reflecting the early days of fishing and boating on the river, Proudfoot’s Boathouse is classified by the National Trust as an early Australian recreational facility. To return to your car, simply retrace your steps. Duration: 1 hour.Online www.moyjil.com.au
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