Aireys Inlet (Boundary Road) to Distillery Creek Picnic Area (2 km 30 minutes)
Follow Boundary Road, whichcrosses the Great Ocean Road on the northern limits of Aireys Inlet, west up over the hill and steeply down to the sealed road. Turn right (north) to the end of the sealed road and follow the signs to the Distillery Creek Picnic Area. From here walks may be done through the Angahook-Lorne State Forest Park, including one that takes the walker across to Moggs Creek Picnic Area. Click here for link to information on walking tracks starting from Distillery Creek Picnic Area.
Aireys Inlet (Boundary Road) to Moggs Creek Picnic Area (9km; 3 hours)
Follow Boundary Road east (left) towards the coast. Cross the Great Ocean Road and continue to the cliff tops (104W). Turn south to pick up the cliff walk, a meandering sort of track (105W) that makes its way towards the lighthouse. At the lighthouse a short diversion can be taken to the point (Split Point), returning to the lighthouse on the circuit track.
The main through track goes around the lighthouse, soon passing the grave of two early settlers, before entering a car turning circle. From here, a marked trail can be picked up on the ocean side. It winds down to the mouth of Painkalac Creek where a picnic area and toilets are conveniently located (106W). A short side trip can be made here by following Inlet Crescent away from the Creek to get to the Bark Hut.
The creek mouth is usually blocked by a sand bar, but if the creek is running (and not too violently) cross at the most negotiable point then follow the beach westwards towards Fairhaven. On the rare occasions that the creek crossing is unsuitable, Fairhaven can be reached walking alongside the Great Ocean Road.
From here there are two options:
BRIDGE ROAD OPTION
Follow the beach towards Fairhaven. After about 1.5 kilometres of beach, leave the beach on a sealed track beside the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, next to the Emergency Beach Marker sign (107W). Cross the Great Ocean Road and enter Yarringa Road. Follow this through Fairhaven for about 250 metres, then swing right into Lialeeta Road, which is followed for about 100 metres to a rough 4WD track to the left (north) of the road. This track is signposted “No Through Road”. This track provides very pleasant walking as it climbs through bushland to emerge on an open ridge. Turn right (northeast) and follow the track across open heathland to the top of the hill (views all round). Turn north (left) and descend to the Old Coach Road. This is followed for about 100 metres towards Moggs Creek to meet Gentle Annie Track. This track leads you for about 1km northwest to a T intersection. Turn left (south) descending through fire regrowth to reach the access road to Mogg’s Creek Picnic Area. This can be followed to the picnic area. (From here Forest Park Walks may be done along Moggs Creek, to Ocean View or the Distillery Creek Picnic Area. Click here for more information on these walks).
EASTERN VIEW OPTION
Stay along the beach past the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club. Leave the beach at the second beach access track, approximately 500m west of the Mogg’s Creek bridge (108W) (before the first car park). Cross the Great Ocean Road and follow a well hidden track (straight ahead) through low lying scrub, up the steps halfway and off to the left.
Follow the track which winds its way up the side of the hill to the lookout. Seats along the way provide a chance to rest those weary legs! After gazing out to sea follow the “Mogg’s Creek Picnic Ground” track which heads in a northerly direction. The Picnic Ground is around 30 minutes from the lookout.