This ride along the popular Foreshore Promenade follows the coast around Lady Bay. It has stunning views all along and is a great bike ride for all the family. The ride meanders through rolling dune country with access to the beach. A slight detour will take you to the mouth of the Hopkins River. Then it’s over the wooden bridge with river views and up the hill to Logan’s Beach, home for part of the year to Victoria’s Southern Right Whale nursery.
The ride is along a shared path on sealed asphalt and boardwalk with one off-road bridge crossing. The path has two climbs, at Richie’s Point and up to the Logan’s Beach lookout.
The path is very popular with other kinds of users as well.
The ride commences at the Warrnambool Breakwater VicRoads Map 514: J12
Food and Drink
The Harbour Pavilion houses a visitor’s center, public toilets, coastal viewing areas, and a cafe. The Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club along the way also has a cafe and is a good spot for refreshments. Adjacent, Lake Pertobe offers a 20-hectare adventure wonderland for children of all ages and facilities are abundant.
From the Hopkins River Bridge, you could do a side trip to Proudfoot’s Boathouse. This is classified by the National Trust and you might enjoy a food or drink break here whilst viewing the river close hand.
Starting at the breakwater you may first want to explore part of the Mahogany Walking Trail that extends along the coast to Port Fairy. This section to Thunder Point traverses exposed, rugged cliff tops and passes Stingray Bay and Merri and Middle islands; home to a penguin colony. Back at the breakwater, why not ride out to the end and see if the fishing folk are having any luck, or climb the rampart and watch the breakers crashing against the wall. Often in the morning, you can see thoroughbred racehorses going for a swim in the ocean or cantering along the beach. Surf Lifesavers, yachts, fishing boats, paragliders, and surfers are all common sights in this popular waterway.
Seals also sometimes come to the fishing jetty to see what’s on offer. Heading down the path around the bay, the ride will take you past signs that indicate where sailing shipwrecks lie from a bygone era. The path passes through thick tea tree bush and there are access points to the beach all along the way as you approach the surf lifesaving club. This part of the beach is popular with swimmers although it is not patrolled. Ahead you will see Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village up on the headland where they do a very good job of displaying and interpreting the rich seafaring history of Warrnambool and this sometimes wild and dangerous coastline.
The path now heads into the dunes on a path and boardwalks past Granny’s Grave, where a monument is erected to the first white women settler. Ahead lies Point Richie where you can take a short detour to see where the Hopkins River meets the sea. The fascinating ecology of the river estuary is well displayed. Then it’s downhill to the bridge and across the river where you can take another detour along the other side to the coast.
The path now climbs up alongside Logan’s Beach Road and soon you will find yourself at the Logan’s Beach Whale Nursery car park. If you are lucky enough to be here between June and September bring some binoculars for a truly unique experience.
- 0.0 The ride starts in the large car park near the breakwater, close to the Harbour Pavilion. Head north on the path as it follows the coastline.
- 1.2 Veer right where the path divides. The left path will take you down the hill to the kiosk, toilets and Lake Pertobe
- 1.4 After you pass the surf lifesaving club and café turn to the right onto the boardwalk following it around to the left.
- 2.1 There is a track to left, but keep going straight.
- 3.1 The path divides but stay straight following the white line.
- 3.2 As you start the short climb you pass the lookout at Granny’s Grave.
- 3.4 At the top of the hill follow the path to the right.
- 4.1 Stop to cross the road and then follow the path down toward the bridge. Take care on this steep downhill.
- 4.3 You can take a right turn for a side trip to Point Richie.
- 4.7 The track comes to the road where you take a sharp right onto the Hopkins River Bridge. Once over the bridge follow the signs to the Whale Watching and Hopkins River mouth.
- 5.0 Cross the Blue Hole Rd onto the path beside Logan’s Beach Rd. You can also take the side trip 600 meters to the river mouth.
- 5.7 Cross Henderson Way heading straight ahead.
- 6.0 You turn right into the whale viewing car park and the finishing point.
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