Cape Conran & Marlo

Cape Conran Coastal Park is about 30 mins from Orbost towards the coast past Marlo. We didn’t stay here but there are 135 campsites, 7 cabins, 1 lodge and wilderness retreats located at Cape Conran. You can click the link above for all the details on the types of accommodation and prices.

The beach at west Cape Conran offers a very interesting landscape populated with a sandy beaches and a huge array of highly eroded rocks. There are lots of walking tracks which we didn’t have the time nor the energy to attempt today, maybe one day in the future.

Basically we took the easy option of sightseeing basically just from the car. I can see that some areas would be fantastic for photography at dawn or sunset. Maybe also at high surf too with the large waves crashing into the rocks which would create a really impressive scene judging by my puny little photo above.

Bridge to Yeerang Gorge walking track

We did start the walk to Yeerang Gorge but there was no indicators how long the walk was. We kept on walking until we could see that it was going to be too hard to walk back up the steep part into and out of the gorge itself.
Overall we really should revisit this location at some later date, esp when we feel well enough to tackle some of the easy walks. It certainly seems like there’s a lot to explore here but most of it is by foot. I just wish it was a little bit closer to home for a weekend visit.

 

 

Free Camping at Lake Colac

Just 8km out of Colac and right on the lake is a great little free camp. The campsites are mostly level and grassy with minimal shady sites. You can get full sun if you park further back. It is basically a long strip of camp sites that run along the shores of the lake There is a toilet block, water and picnic tables. (Sadly the toilet was full and needed a pump away at the time of our visit!)

There is also a good quality boat ramp, when the water level is average, but maybe a problem with drought conditions and water levels very low.

The waters edge is gently sloping and easy launching for canoes or access for swimming. We didn’t take advantage of the swimming here but we did enjoy gentle walks and chatting to neighbours. We met a chap of American Indian descent one night and another night we met some Germans who have allowed 6 months to travel Australia.

There are wood fired barbecues (bring your own firewood), rubbish bins and flushing toilets as well as town drinking water available from a couple of taps.

This campground is maintained by council as a free camp. I am sure I don’t need to tell the majority of my readers, however I do encourage you to show your appreciation & do the right thing: leave it tidy and do your shopping in town.

We were fascinated with these mini shells/snail shells that were evident on most of the fence posts separating the campsite from the farm land next door. Anyone know anything about them?

We used this camp as our base camp for visiting the area including the main goal of this trip which is to see the Great Ocean Road, leaving the motorhome behind and venturing out in the Grand Vitara.

We’ll be back with the next post on our impressions of The Great Ocean Road.

 

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