• Length: 11.1km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 2-3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Bells Beach carpark

  • End: Bells Beach carpark

  • Location: Surf Coast

  • Closest Town: Torquay

  • Distance from CBD: 108km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.37147329

  • Longitude: 144.2770648

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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.

Hike Summary

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 11108 m
Max elevation: 113 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 326 m
Total descent: -326 m
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6 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.

  2. This is a beautiful hike and is signposted all the way. We started at the Bells beach car park as it is the only car park with toilets.
    There are toilets 300m up the road towards Addis Pt of you need them and the additional 200m from the toilets up to the lookouts is worth it.
    The beach section is not possible at high tide. We walked it on an outgoing tide and it was very easy.
    Top 10 1/2 days walks in 2 hours from Melbourne for us.

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