At the western end of the 12 Apostles coastline is a small cluster of accessible beaches including Childers Cove, Murnanes Beach and Sandy Cove.
Even when the most popular sightseeing spots are very busy these hidden treasures are often virtually deserted. Part of the reason is that the road to Childers Cove is not prominently marked. About 15 kms west of the Bay of Islands viewing area on The Great Ocean Road is the turn off onto Childers Cove Road. It is a narrow sealed road for a further 6 or 7 kms to the group of coves and beaches. The only traffic on Childers Cove Road is an occasional farm vehicle. The road is through open farmland so quite an easy drive.
Your reward is easy access to these beautiful coves with large seas and surf, sandstone stacks and colourful sandstone/limestone cliffs. Walking on these beaches is one of those rare experiences of solitude mixed with awe at the forces of nature.
You probably need a couple of hours to do justice to the three coves, but the walking and steps are easy for anyone with normal fitness.Tweet
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