Approximate Walking Time: 5-7.5 hours
Whilst most people head from Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet, we decided to go an extra 4 kms to Lion Rock.
This was to make the last day nice and easy.
The 13 kms to cover started with a forested climb of some 400 metres elevation.
It was quite a rough track with plenty of mud leading up to our first rest spot on Flat Rock Plain.
This gave us a lovely view back over the beaches and water.
More scrubby up and down, with plenty of mud, eventually gets you to Trackcutters Camp – a small campsite at the start of a nice, long descent.
The descent track is rough much of the way, with boardwalk in some sections.
There’s another small climb before the track once again descends through forest to come out at the South Cape Rivulet.
A wade across this and you’ll see the campsites about 100 metres up the side of bank of the rivulet.
Then you have a nice flat walk along the beach (gotta love those beach walks), before you climb up a headland and go down into the next beach in South Cape Bay.
Along that and you’ll see markers for the track heading inland a few hundred metres before the end of the beach.
It’s a nice sharp climb up over Coal Bluff that affords a great view.
You start your descent and you’ll see Lion Rock on your right.
Here’s a magical shot of Lion Rock by Mark Ashton.
Down onto the sandy/rocky beach and you’ll spot the creek a few hundred metres along where the campsites are (fill up your water bottles here).
2 Main Campsites
There are 2 main campsites here – beside the creek on the right (a bit of a way in) and at the top of the steep wooden steps on the right.
We camped up the top in a well protected spot.
Difficulty Rating – Moderate
A nice day with some short sharp climbs.
You’ll be well and truly walk fit by now if you weren’t already, so it will be a fairly comfortable day if the weather is half decent.