Turn off the Great Ocean Road at Bambra Road, just east of the bottom shops in Aireys Inlet. Follow the bitumen road alongside the Painkalac Creek Valley for 2.5 km and then turn left at junction of Bambra Road and Distillery Creek Road. The lower car park and picnic area is on the right-hand side and the upper car park and picnic area on the left-hand side has an information board and toilets. Both have picnic tables and wood-fired barbecues (supply your own wood).
Walk 16: Distillery Creek to Painkalac Dam
A pleasant walk behind Aireys Inlet through ironbarks and other eucalypts on well-formed tracks along the south side of the Painkalac Dam with good water views. No longer the water source for Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven, the dam is now open to the public, and delightful in hot weather with a picnic table, many water birds and possibly a platypus.
Upper car park at Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
TIME AND DISTANCE:
3 hr– 8 km return
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