GSWW Section 8 – Pattersons Camp to Simsons 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 7 – Battersbys Camp to Pattersons Camp. Else, let us continue on with this eighth section of the Great South West Walk from Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp.

This section is marked as 17km, but actually the GPS measured 18.5km, a fair slog especially given the temperatures we were hiking in on the day – 30+. Clearly others had been disgruntled by the inaccurate distance estimates with amendments made on the Great South West Walk information signs.

If you didn’t read up on the historical Glenelg River information signs yet, do so on this section. More ups and downs as we pass more limestone cliffs on this section. A 4km stretch of this section passes through South Australia which is quite a unique addition. Be sure to take in as much as the Glenelg River as you can because this is the last section in which you will have the opportunity to enjoy it and it’s limestone cliffs.

If you reach Simsons Camp early enough as we did, you might chose to setup your campsite quickly and head down into Nelson for a restock or dinner if necessary. It is a 3km walk to Nelson, 6km return. Without packs at this stage, it is a welcome relief and a super easy walk. Nelson sports a Kiosk that is usually open until 5pm (or 6pm during holiday times/if busy) which sells some hot food/sandwiches as well as basic condiments/fruits/vegetables/chocolates/drinks. There is also the pub which serves real food and a bar with drinks. The pub doesn’t have a good reputation for the quality of their meals, but I honestly found it to be fine, if not quite appetising, especially after having had eaten only freeze-dried meals and protein bars for the past 9 days. Friendly staff at the pub and kiosk.

Simsons Camp is an overnight walkers camp in Lower Glenelg National Park set amongst eucalypts and blackwoods. 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 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp.

  • Section Features: Azure Kingfishers, Rufous Bristlebird, River boats & canoes, History signs in campgrounds, Small native orchids.
  • Reported Distance: 17km
  • Measured Distance: 18.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 250 metres
  • Elevation Loss: 250 metres
  • Minimum Elevation: 15 metres
  • Maximum Elevation: 40 metres
  • Time to complete: 4-5 hours
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Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Pattersons Camp

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Glenelg River

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Lower Glenelg National Park

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Glenelg River

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Glenelg River

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Looking down on a limestone cliff from the limestone cliff we are walking along.

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

The walking trail runs right along the top of a limestone cliff overlooking the Glenelg River.

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

There are so many beautiful photo opportunities of the Glenelg River along this section.

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Crossing over into South Australia for a short 4km part of the walking trail.

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

If you’ve got a GPS measuring your distance you’ll start to wonder why you’ve already passed the stated 17km ending point when you are nowhere near the campsite. Oh well, nothing to do but keep on walking.

Great South West Walk section 8: Pattersons Camp to Simsons Camp

Simsons Camp – located at 19km, 2km longer than the stated distance.

Continue on to Great South West Walk  Section 9 – Simsons Camp to Monibeong Camp.

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Last modified: January 30, 2018