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Walk 18: Loves Track
This forest woodland walk is quite spectacular especially in the springtime when the area is rich with wildflowers. The Anglesea Grevillea grows in the area and flowers in late October or November.
Bambra Road – car shuttle: leave pick-up car at Lower Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
2 hr – 6.0 km one way
Easy to moderate
How to get there

Turn off the Great Ocean Road at Bambra Road, just east of the river shops in Aireys Inlet. Follow the bitumen road alongside the Painkalac Creek Valley for 2.5 km to the junction of Bambra Road and Distillery Creek Road. Turn left and leave pick-up car in Distillery Creek Picnic Ground. Continue along Bambra Road (unsealed) for about 5 km to Loves Track on the right. Park in Bambra Road.

Walk Notes
Blue-winged Parrot

Begin the walk at the gate at the start of Loves Track. This is a very pleasant forest track leading through some of the tall Brown Stringybark trees that are a feature of the walk. They provide ideal breeding sites for the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos. About 100 m from the gate there is an open area and a small track on the left that leads you through a moist area to one of the sites where the Anglesea Grevillea grows. You will need to walk about 150 m before you find the distinctive leaves and possibly the red flowers of this special plant. If you are lucky, you might also see Southern Emu-wrens in this habitat. They are very shy, and you will need to be very quiet.

Return to Loves Track and walk along it until you reach the Trig Point. This is a distance of about 2.5 km from the gate. From here follow the narrow track that leads to the picnic ground. As you walk down this narrow track, at times a little uneven underfoot, you will gain some glimpses of the coast through the eucalypts. There is a commemorative seat for Claire Roberts, a keen environmentalist and co-founder of the Friends of the Eastern Otways. It is a great place to sit and admire the view.

You can even see Lorne at one stage, and there is certainly a magnificent view of the Split Point Lighthouse and the township of Aireys Inlet nestled between the coast and the Park.

Other views are gained over the Ironbark Gorge with the sheer cliffs that were once a favourite spot for Peregrine Falcons. Take care to keep well back from the cliff edge. The narrow track you are on will lead you down through the ironbarks to the Distillery Creek Picnic Ground.

Bird Calls
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Spotted Pardalote
New Holland Honeyeater

Yellow-tailed Cockatoo (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Spotted Pardalote (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); New Holland Honeyeater (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY)

Check Out Fauna & Flora Below

Anglesea Grevillea (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Peregrine Falcon (Photo by Carlos Delgado CC BY)
Yellow-tailed Cockatoo (Photo by Rob Shepherd)

Brown Stringybark (Photoa by Geekstreet CC BY)
Sweet Wattle (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Mountain Grey Gum (bark) (Photo by Poyt448)

Ironbark (bark) (Photo by Ethel Aardvark, CC BY)
Southern Emu-wren (Photo by Geoff Gates)
Messmate (Photo by Arthur Chapman, CC BY)