Day 6 – Ryans Den to Devils Kitchen – Great Ocean Walk


Picture above is looking back at the Ryans Den shelter (if you open the picture you can see it!)
Today was the weekend and a nice slow start was had as we were really getting into the pace of the walk i.e. quite relaxed with distances that are not too long. Deb went ahead to shuffle the car and planned to met walk in and meet us on Wreck Beach…..more of this later he says ominously.

Following a long inland section, we reached the Gables Lookout for lunch. This is a terrific spot with wonderful views, if my memory is correct; it is at the peak of some of the highest cliffs of the GOW. We had a leisurely lunch as we knew today was our last lunch of this walk and we could eat any goodies we had saved. One of the great things about walking in a group is the way everyone shares and combines their food (especially at the end of a walk when you know you don’t need it!!)

Food, to me anyway, always takes on a more important role when you are hiking and when you lunch or dinner it is usually with gusto and great enjoyment as you feel you have really earned your nourishment.

After Wreck Beach there is a long “up” to the campsite. The days always seem to end this way. Bit of a grunt to get to your campsite but the views are always worth it in the end.

Above is the view from the Devils Kitchen toilet. Now could you think of a better place to sit and relax. Well done Parks on the great facilities and locations.

We did have a bit of excitement at the end of the day when Deb, our usually trusty camp host, was not at Devils Kitchen. This caused us some concern as the walk out of Ryans Den would not have been easy with a sore knee and as much as she has a lot of determination we were concerned she could have come to some grief. A search party was dispatched and thankfully a text message arrived before long, stating that Deb was OK and a mix up with her car keys was the problem.

Due to some atrocious road “repairs” the 4WD track into Devils Kitchen was too much for Deb to accept as a challenge and she decided to walk in for our last night. Thankfully, she had collected all the refreshments and we were able to have a jolly good time reminiscing about our terrific walk and the great trip we had all enjoyed.

Related Posts on the Great Ocean Walk
Blanket Bay hikers shelter
Our Hiking Blog goes “lightweight” at Blanket Bay
Drinking water on the Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk – the start
Marengo to Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation
Lightstation to Aire River
Aire River to Joanna
Joanna to Ryans Den
Devils Kitchen to The Gables

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