Sam's Loop, Portland

Lawrence Rocks Lookout carpark

Sam's Loop, Portland

Lawrence Rocks Lookout carpark

Staff Pick
1 h 33 m
6.22 km
Intermediate

A lovely, mostly flat 6km loop walk through stands of Sheoaks and Stringybarks, finishing though heathlands, with views of the rugged Victorian coastline. Shorter walk options.

Sam's Loop, Portland

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A lovely, mostly flat 6km loop walk through stands of Sheoaks and Stringybarks, finishing though heathlands, with views of the rugged Victorian coastline. Shorter walk options.

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There are shorter versions of this 6.2km loop walk that are signed on the walk.

One is a 3km / 1 hour walk.
The other is a 4 km / 1.5 hour walk.

We recommend the full 6.2km walk, shown here (if you can).

Sam's Walk is named in honour of Alan 'Sam" Bruton who was a South West Victoria's Chief District Ranger, and who had the original idea for the 10-day, 250km Great South West Walk in 1980.

This is a beautiful walk.

Note: There are a lot of wind turbines along the walk, which can be noisy and may be off-putting for some people (but we think it's worth persevering!)

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Points of Interest

1. The start

The start is well signed, we took the righthand side path of the loop.

2. Along the sandy path

Some gorgeous sheaoks provide some shade at start the walk.

3. Windfarms

The powerlines and wind-turbines are not particularly attractive... but don't let them put you off the walk.

4. Short cut

The sign for the first shortcut for the 3km walk.

5. Grass tree

The Grass Trees in the coastal reserve and wonderful to see, particularly when the sun is shining on them.

6. Shady path

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7. Echidna

How wonderful it was to find an echidna foraging for food!

8. Out of the swale

A little climb out of the swale to the coastline.

9. The coast

Pretty impressive.

10. Path along the coast

A well formed, crushed bluestone path along the coast allows good vision of the cliffs down to the shore.

11. Wildflowers

Some of the many wildflowers to be found in late Spring early Summer.

12. Wildflowers

Some more wildflowers.

13. Spectacular coastline

Some of the views really are impressive.

14. Seat with view

A prefect spot to look out to sea.

15. Along coast

A final look back along the coast.

16. The road

The track meets the road near the end of the walk.


Features

Seating available Seating available
Nature trail Nature trail