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Walk 36: Jamieson Creek to Separation Creek
Ocean views from regenerating forest are one of the highlights of this walk which follows a well-constructed path with short, sharp climbs. Listen for the birds and the sound of the ocean swell which accompany you for most of the journey.
Great Ocean Road before the gate on Jamieson Track or at the Jamieson Creek Campsite – car shuttle: leave pick-up car at Separation Creek Car Park on Great Ocean Road
2.5 hr – 6.0 km one way
Moderate to difficult; hiking sticks recommended
How to get there

Drive down the Great Ocean Road to Jamieson Creek 14km past Lorne. Turn right at Jamieson Track and either park near gate or drive up track to campsite. Leave pick-up car on Great Ocean Road near Separation Creek.

Walk Notes
Blue-winged Parrot

The walk commences from the Jamieson Creek Campground which has a shelter, toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues. There is a lookout giving tremendous views to the sea, the Great Ocean Road and the mouth of the St George River. As you walk the track there are some short moderate climbs until a set of steep stone steps lead to a creek crossing with some large stepping-stones. The path continues to Bogalley Creek which is normally crossed easily but can be impassable after heavy rain.

After crossing Wye Track there are a few gentle climbs as the path makes its way through vegetation that was burnt in the 2015 bushfires. The understorey is dominated by wattles. The fire damaged skeletons of eucalypts are evident, but they are recovering well. One of the highlights of the walk is the number of birds to be heard and seen which include Eastern Yellow Robin, Red-browed Finch, Rufous Bristlebird, Grey Shrike-thrush, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Grey Fantail, Crimson Rosella, Superb Fairy-wren, New Holland and White-eared Honeyeater, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Satin Bowerbird. At certain times of the year there is a proliferation of fungi to be seen.

Just before you head down the series of steps leading to Olive Street and back to the cars there is a magnificent view of the ocean, the shore and the township.

If you intend to continue on to the Wye River to Kennett River track, Paddys Track links Wye River with Separation Creek. Paddys Track can be accessed from the other side of the bridge, and it follows above the road and finishes at Separation Creek. The middle section is a timber boardwalk with viewing seats and a memorial plaque to Paddy Harrington. It finishes near the Country Fire Authority building.

Bird Calls
Eastern Yellow Robin
Crimson Rosella
Grey Shrikethrush

Eastern Yellow Robin (Recording by Vicki Powys CC BY); Grey Shrikethrush (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Crimson Rosella call (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY)

Check Out Fauna & Flora Below

Red-browed Finch (Photo by Rob Shepherd)
Red Brittlegill (Photo by Alison Watson)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Photo by Margaret Lacey)
White-eared Honeyeater (Photo by Margaret Lacey)

Coral Fungi (Photo by Keity McLean)
Superb Fairy-wren (Photo by Margaret Lacey)
Eastern Yellow Robin (Photo by Rob Shepherd)
Rufous Fantail (Photo by Margaret Lacey)
Yellow-tailed Cockatoo (Photo by Rob Shepherd)

Brown Thornbill (Photo by Rob Shepherd)
New Holland Honeyeater (Photo by Rob Shepherd)
Crimson Rosella (Photo by Alison Watson)
Grey Fantail (Photo by Duncan McCaskill, CC BY)
Satin Bowerbird (Photo by Marg Lacey)