Day One – Marengo to Blanket Bay – Great Ocean Walk

Deb and Helen headed off early to start the walk from Marengo on a wintry Monday morning with the plan to have their first night at Blanket Bay. This section starts with some beautiful coastal walking until the track heads off inland to a long section of fire trail and then back to the coast near Blanket Bay. It is about 17km. On their arrival at Blanket Bay the weather turned rather “difficult” and they also discovered their campsite may have been invaded by a school group. The other interesting fact was there was no water as some workmen had accidentally cut the tank outlet that day. Ah, the challenges of a quite stroll in the bush!

The picture below is of the old day visitors camping area at Blanket Bay (is it the calm before the storm?)

Blanket Bay on a nice fine summers day
Under some stress, I can imagine, they sourced water from the school group (luckily), decided to camp in the main Blanket Bay campsite and they set up quickly to prepare themselves for the rapidly approaching cold/wet front. I believe it was early to bed and a slightly interrupted night with a possum or some other native stealing Helens’ whole food tub during the night, a GREAT lightning storm and a LOT OF HAIL!
The first picture is of the non existant Blanket Bay beach, check out the tide! The one below is from approx the same spot in nicer weather!

This picture is of the new steps to the “beach” from the area where Deb and Helen. A bit wet!

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
Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation
Lightstation to Aire River
Aire River to Joanna
Joanna to Ryans Den
Ryans Den to Devils Kitchen
Devils Kitchen to The Gables

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