The Great South West track has got to be Victoria’s best kept secret – a 250km continuous loop of untouched environment, from dramatic isolated coast with massive limestone cliffs and pristine beaches, to meandering rivers and remote bushland teaming with wildlife. Aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and freshwater lakes make this one of the most varied walks in Australia. This walk is a “Symphony in Four Movements”, depicted beautifully in this video.

The first stage is the Cobboboonee Forest containing the headwaters of the Surry and Fitzroy Rivers. Here kangaroos are visible bounding across the track with the loud calls of red-tailed black cockatoos in the background. Next is the picturesque Glenelg River, which stretches out as it nears the coast then carves its way through a spectacular limestone gorge. Onto the pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and freshwater lakes of Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The grand finale is the Three Capes and Bays section where the track hugs the clifftop all the way. These rugged, wave-bashed headlands are the highest in Victoria and are perfect for whale spotting in season. The colony of Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater is there year-round, so they can’t be missed. The variety of habitats makes this a great place to see all the iconic creatures like kangaroos, echidnas, koalas and emus range freely. Given its remoteness, it’s likely that you will have this outback paradise all to yourself. A perfect setting to enjoy nature with some solitude.

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