If you haven’t done so already, check out our Great South West Walk hiking trail summary. Else, let us continue on with this first section of the trail from Portland to Cubby’s Camp.
Counter clockwise is the recommended direction to take on the Great South West Walk starting from Portland. I’m not entirely sure why, but it does make sense for some reasons.
Many people will say that this first inland section is quite boring, but really it will depend on the individual and what type of hiking you are used to. If you are all about views, then yes it may be boring; if you are all about forests, birds, and other flora & fauna, then no it is not boring at all. But it is one of the longest sections taking a total of 5 days to get through Cobboboonee National Park.
This section from Portland to Cubby’s Camp will be your first day where you will leave Portland, passing several historical sites, and heading inland (along some roads also) and finally into Cobboboonee Forest Park at the 19km mark.
This first section is quite long at 20.5km total measured distance. A total elevation gain of 245 meters further adds to the difficulty of this section.[adinserter block=”5″]
Great South West Walk: Section 1 – Portland to Cubby’s Camp
Starting from the information centre in Portland turn right (looking towards the Portland township) in the direction of the forest.
Oddly enough, along this section you won’t see any red triangles which otherwise guide the way. Continue along the beach walking path until you see the first arrow.
The Great South West Walk is marked very well throughout with little red triangular markers generally nailed to wooden posts throughout. If you keep an eye on these you shouldn’t get lost. Having said that though, on occasion you may miss one in which case it is always good to have a map handy. You can get the Great South West Walk map here.
Always look out for the red markers up ahead to make sure you take the correct path, especially while leaving Portland.
And welcome to Cubby’s Camp, located 20.5km from the start of the walk at Portland. This overnight walkers camp is located in Cobboboonee Forest Park amongst tall eucalypts. All campsites now have these wonderful huts which have a picnic table, seating, and a hikers registration booklet, along with detailed information of the current and next section, and a map of the entire trail. How great is that!
All campsites have at least one water tank, some have two – but please remember that you must filter the water that you use for cooking or drinking. Clean toilets are also available at every site. Cubby’s Camp is one of two campsites which are non-bookable. Walk in, camp, pack up and leave without a trace.
As a general note for most campsites – Possums. Possums are around most sites. Be sure to securely pack away your food at night, every night. Not only do they come and play around the camp site huts, but they also sleep behind the Great South West Walk information boards!!!
Continue on to Great South West Walk Section 2 – Cubby’s Camp to Cut Out Camp.[adinserter block=”5″]
Last modified: January 30, 2018