GSWW Section 10 – Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

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If you haven’t done so already, check out our Great South West Walk hiking trail summary or go back to GSWW Section 9 – Simsons Camp to Monibeong Camp. Else, let us continue on with this tenth section of the Great South West Walk from Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp.

Another long 17.5km walk along the beach. Look out for unique things as this stretch is mostly without rocks. Sand dunes abound. Get your tide timings right so you can enjoy an easier walk along the compacted sand low on the shoreline.

Walking along the beach may be considered boring for some but for every type of scenery, we must look for interesting things that make this scenery unique. As with anything we are looking at. One thing that caught my eye were the muscles tumbling in the waves and the pied oyster catchers chasing after them for a feast. The way the seagulls fly up and down the beach, watching their behaviour. And the other things that get washed up, like the very unique buoy barnacles…

Swan Lake Camp is an overnight walkers camp in Discovery Bay Coastal Park set amongst coastal scrub and heathland. The campsite offers shared table, seasonal tank water (treat before drinking), shelter and toilet. A shared fireplace is provided but fuel stoves are preferred by Parks Victoria.

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Great South West Walk: Section 10 – Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Section 10: Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp.

  • Section Features: Hooded Plover, Little Tern, Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher, Harriers, Hawks, Falcons, Sea-Eagles, Beach flotsam and jetsam – indicators of marine life/habitats and species and passing ships, Dune buggies.
  • Reported Distance: 16.5km
  • Measured Distance: 17.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 355 metres
  • Elevation Loss: 355 metres
  • Minimum Elevation: 0 metres
  • Maximum Elevation: 20 metres
  • Time to complete: 4-5 hours
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Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Monibeong Camp

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Preparing for another day walking along the beach.

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Getting in and out of the campsites is some of the hardest walking. They are located inland about 1km. Not a far distance, but with this extremely soft and moving sand, it is a tough slog and wastes a lot of energy.

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Shifting sands … and tire tracks everywhere coming into Swan Lake Camp.

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

As you wonder what types of vehicles could possibly drive over these shifting sand dunes, a dune buggy flies past at 150km/hr.

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

Yes, dune buggies. Please take care crossing here. Paths cross each other. Dune buggy vs Great South West Walker.

Great South West Walk: Section 10 - Monibeong Camp to Swan Lake Camp

It was new years eve when we arrived at Swan Lake Camp and so we decided to camp at Swan Lake itself instead in order to avoid the DJ setup near Swan Lake Camp so that we could get a good nights rest for the following day. No celebrations for us other than hiking the 265km Great South West Walk.

Continue on to Great South West Walk Section 11 – Swan Lake Camp via Mt Richmond to Tarragal Camp.

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Last modified: January 30, 2018