FORGET the Cinque Terre in Italy, the Camino in Spain or the Inca Trail in Peru, Victoria is set to be home to its own amazing walking track connecting the Bellarine Rail Trail that begins in Geelong to the beautiful seaside town of Port Welshpool.
Avid local walker Peter McFarlane has designed a route that will allow people to follow the Victorian coastline using ferries and walking trails to enjoy everything this beautiful part of Australia has to offer.
“Walking is such an enjoyable pastime and its extremely popular right across the world,” Peter said when explaining the track.
“This walk would showcase an amazing part of Australia, with the spectacular ocean views of the George Bass, Kilcunda, Cape Paterson and Inverloch area being absolutely world class.”
The path will begin in Geelong and follow the Bellarine Rail Trail to Queenscliff where walkers will catch the ferry from Port Phillip Bay across to Sorrento.
From there walkers will follow along the Bay Trail to Dromana and continue across the Mornington Peninsula through Red Hill, Merricks, Balnarring and Crib Point before arriving at Stony Point.
Another ferry will take walkers from Stony Point to Cowes, where they will continue through Phillip Island eventually connecting to the Bass Coast Rail Trail or George Bass walk to Wonthaggi.
They would follow the coast through Harmers Haven to Cape Paterson and then onwards to Inverloch.
“The Cape Paterson to Inverloch section of the walk does pose some issues with not being able to completely follow the coastline,” Peter added.
“It would be great if the sealing of shoulders on the coast road or the construction of a designated cycling/walking path went ahead, to allow this complete walking trail to come to fruition.”
Once arriving in Inverloch walkers will then head inland to Outtrim, Leongatha and eventually connecting to the Great Southern Rail Trail, passing through the townships or Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Fish Creek and Toora before eventually arriving at Port Welshpool.
“There is a range of accommodation on this trail from basic to luxury and plenty of food outlets. Pair that with the picturesque countryside, beaches, forests and farmlands, this walk will rival many of the great walking trails overseas,” Peter said.
Peter’s suggested name for the walk is the ‘Anderson Trail’.
This has to do with many of the linking roads on the trail roads being Anderson named, for example the Anderson Road in Geelong, Anderson Peninsula through San Remo and the town of Anderson itself.
The name Anderson also refers to Australian settler Samuel Anderson who with his brothers Hugh and Thomas owned a 2000-acre farm in the town named after his family.