• Length: 11.1km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 2-3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Bells Beach carpark

  • End: Bells Beach carpark

  • Closest Town: Torquay

  • Location: Surf Coast

  • Distance from state capital: 108km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.3714732900

  • Longitude: 144.2770647800

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

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4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

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Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Bells Beach & Ironbark Forest is a 11.1km, grade 2-3 Circuit hike located in Surf Coast Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4-5hrs to complete.


Cliff backed beaches, superb coastal views and a wonderful ironbark forest, make this Bells Beach & Ironbark Forest hike a varied and interesting hike.

Getting there

Put the co ordinates in your GPS or From Melbourne drive 75km to Geelong and then a further 22km to Torquay. Continue west along the Great Ocean Rd for 3km, turning left on Bells Beach Rd. Follow  the signs towards Bells Beach, which is reached in a further 4 km. Park near the toilet block at the southern end of the carpark.

What to take

Bathers if it is hot and you can have a swim during or after the hike, food, water, wet weather gear.


Total distance: 11108 m
Max elevation: 113 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 331 m
Total descent: -331 m
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5 thoughts on “Bells Beach & Ironbark Forest (11.1km)

  1. Beach part of this trek can only be completed at low tide. New to hiking. We started at Bells Beach car park. Started on the inland part of the trek. Signs were limited. Asking locals was the only thing that kept us on track. From Bells Beach follow the Jacosite signs and then Point Addis signs. Challenging trek with steep up hills. (3hours) Once you hit Point Addis head down to the beach and make your way back to Bells Beach via the sand (1.25 hours) but only if it’s low tide. And even then, the rocks and boulders you need to climb and weave amongst are quite treacherous underfoot.

    But, we will certainly give this one a go again.

    The only public toilets we spotted were at Bells Beach.

    Very disappointed to see dogs off leads running through the forest areas.