GSWW Section 12 – Tarragal Camp to The Springs 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 11 – Swan Lake Camp via Mt Richmond to Tarragal Camp. Else, let us continue on with this twelfth section of the Great South West Walk from Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp.

The walk out of Tarragal Camp is quite pleasant downhill all the way to the coast through farmlands and past Bridgewater Lakes. Be prepared for significant elevation gains over the following sections as the hiking trails weave up and down along the coast. It can be quite hard going so enjoy this first shorter section and get a good nights rest for the following 17.5km section that has 575m of elevation gain.

The Springs Camp is a grassy overnight walkers camp in Discovery Bay Coastal Park set amongst coastal scrub. 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 12 – Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Section 12: Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp.

  • Section Features: Bonsai plants, Cairn for shipwreck Marie, Tarragal Cave, Vast sweeping views of Discovery Bay, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Rufous Bristlebirds, Swamp Harriers, Krestrels, Wind farms.
  • Reported Distance: 12km
  • Measured Distance: 12.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 250 metres
  • Elevation Loss: 310 metres
  • Minimum Elevation: 2 metres
  • Maximum Elevation: 105 metres
  • Time to complete: 3-4 hours
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Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Tarragal Camp

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Mount Richmond National Park

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Mount Richmond National Park opens up into farmland, which you will pass directly through while heading down to the coast.

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Bridgewater Lakes

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Tarragal Caves

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Heading to the coast to Descartes Bay

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Descartes Bay

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

An advantage to leaving the campsite late – Sunsets.

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

Great South West Walk: Section 12 - Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp

The Springs Camp – sheltered nicely from high coastal winds and crashing waves. Also far enough away from wind turbines as not to be disturbed.

Continue on to Great South West Walk: Section 13 – The Springs Camp to Trewalla Camp.

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Last modified: January 30, 2018