Ocean Grove beach to river loop walk

LOT 27 Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Road, Ocean Grove VIC 3226, Australia

Ocean Grove beach to river loop walk

LOT 27 Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Road, Ocean Grove VIC 3226, Australia
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43 m
2.87 km
Very Easy
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This is a lovely walk to do as a family in all types of weather. It is not too far for childrens' little legs and the kids can play in the sand if they get tired.

Ocean Grove beach to river loop walk

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Park at the 5th car park along the Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Road to walk this full loop (but you can park at any of the car parks along this road to shorten the walk if you desire).
From the carpark, walk to the beach via the track and stairs, then walk along the beach following it around the headland until you reach the Barwon Heads bridge.
Walk under the bridge and walk alongside the Barwon River until you reach the stairs that will take you up to the caravan park. Walk through the caravan park until you get to the road. Carefully cross the road (making sure any children are being supervised as this road is very busy) and continue to the car park.
For information about dogs on Ocean Grove beaches, please refer to Point of Interest #10.


Points of Interest

1. Ocean Grove Surf Beach

This is a beautiful beach for walking and playing. The sand is so soft and the views of the Barwon Bluff are exquisite.

2. Sand Play

If your kids want to play in the sand then stop for a rest. It is so therapeutic for kids to play in the sand. Try and keep your kids off the dunes though. There is a good spot later on this walk!

3. Barwon Heads Bridge

This bridge is great fun to photograph and the kids really love walking under it.

4. Between the bridges

This section of beach is really fun because there is a large deposit of sand here and it is ok for kids to play here without damaging the dune system.

5. Ocean Grove Surf Beach

It is so nice to run in some open space!

6. More sand play

Kids can never get enough sand play!

7. Along the Barwon River

The tide will dictate how much sand you have to walk on but walking on the rocks is always an option! Please note dogs are allowed off-leash from May 1 to Nov 30 only in this area.

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8. Take your shoes off

The sand is very "squelchy" and feels wonderful between your toes!

9. Cut through the Caravan Park

You can walk through the Caravan Park to get to the road. Find a safe place to cross over to the carpark.

10. Year-round dog off-leash area (not included in route)

If you want to walk your dog off-leash in Ocean Grove this area is off-leash year-round. It's NOT included on this walking route. Refer to this map for rules regarding river loop area and dogs.

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Natural Trail Natural Trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
General General
Dog off-leash area Dog off-leash area
Public toilets Public toilets


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