A number of walks throughout the reserve allow you to explore the breathtaking views, sandy beaches, cool coastal woodlands and extensive salt marsh communities of
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A number of walks throughout the reserve allow you to explore the breathtaking views, sandy beaches, cool coastal woodlands and extensive salt marsh communities of the area.
Charlie’s Hole Walk
1.5 km return – approx 30mins
Departing from the car park on Bluff Road, St Leonards, this walk offers glimpses of Swan Bay part of Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and winds through sedge communities and coastal woodland, with bird life abounding. The track meanders towards
a lookout with spectacular views of the reserve and the adjacent Marine National Park.
Coastal Woodland Walk
3.5 km return – approx 1.5 hours
Starting at the Beach Road car park, this walk meanders through tall, dense forest dominated by Coast Tea‐tree (Leptospermum laevigatum) before opening out to reveal magnificent views of water filled marshes and Swan Bay. This is a great place to see waterbirds including swans, ibis and pelicans. The track crosses a boardwalk protecting salt marsh communities that provide food for the critically endangered Orange‐bellied Parrot as they spend winter in this region. You can return to the car park via the beach or continue on to the Two Bays Lookout walk.
Two Bays Lookout Walk
6 km return to Beach Rd – approx 3 hours
From the end of the Coastal Walk continue along the beach south or take the inland route. The beach walk offers a more a remote experience and the opportunity to view many species of birds that migrate to this area during the warmer months. You may see groups of tiny Red‐necked Stints feeding at the water’s edge or hear Pied Oyster Catchers as they fossick for food at low tide.
Pelicans soar over head and birds of prey frequent the area, hunting for fish in the shallow waters. This walk offers magnificent views of offshore islands and the extensive marshes. In summer you may be fortunate enough to the see Fairy Terns among the flocks of Crested Terns, Cormorants and Pelicans as they shelter on the protected shores of Edwards Point.
Visit the viewing platform with its 360 degree views and information panel.