Saturday, 18 June 2016

Southport Lagoon and Southport Bluff Beach

Saturday 18th June 2016

Southport Lagoon Entrance
 Note: Due to legal reasons it is now not permissible to walk down the railway line.
We parked at The Ida Bay railway station and set off walking along Ida Bay Road to meet the railway line at Donnellys Gate. There is always the option to catch the train down to Deep Hole at Elliott Beach and walk from there, but as there are only two trains a day during winter, this would not provide enough time to do the walk that we did. The walk to the lagoon would be possible but probably not much else. See Ida Bay Railway for information.
The distance from the start to Deep Hole is about 6.5 kms. and that is mostly along the railway line, either beside the tracks or between them, and is easy walking. We stopped at the graves beside the track at Ida Bay and then carried on to Deep Hole for a snack stop at the shelter at the end of the line.

Ida Bay

Elliott Beach

Looking across Southport Narrows to Southport
From Deep Hole we walked down to Southport Lagoon. The track was quite wet from recent rain but easily negotiated. The tide was low so walking along the beach was easy and negotiating the rocks around the point at the Lagoon entrance was okay as they were not too slippery.

Southport Lagoon

Southport Lagoon with Moonlight Ridge in background

Southport Lagoon

Southport Lagoon

Southport Lagoon

Southport Lagoon
We could hear the surf as we approached the entrance and along the rocks near Southport Bluff Beach we stopped for lunch.

Ocean side of the Lagoon entrance

Ocean side of the Lagoon entrance


From Bluff Beach

Bluff Beach

Bluff Beach

We then carried on to Bluff Beach and found the marker for the access track and proceeded to walk back to Deep Hole and then the car. By the time we reached the car we were both a bit weary, but not too bad, after walking about 24.0 kms.
See previous post here for more information.





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