Wreck Beach - Great Ocean Road
You will fall in love with this beautiful landscape and beach hike. Don't miss this exceptional place and feel the power of mother nature and the sea when traveling along the Great Ocean Road. Best visited around low tide. it's usually possible to walk along the beach to the rusty anchors except high tide. However, beach walking is safer during low tide. In former days the Marie Gabrielle anchor was accessible around low tide only. Due to the strong power of the sea, the Marie Gabriel Anchor is changing the position. The anchor was better accessible end of 2019 than four years before. It is not any longer so much-effected by the tides. However, always watch the sea. Nevertheless, it also depends on the level of the tide and the wind that builds up the waves. The Fiji anchor stands sentinel near Moonlight Head and is not affected by the tides. Tide times
The beach and wrecks are poorly signposted and due to the remote location not busy. The gravel road is not suitable for tour buses, therefore, our top tip along the Great Ocean Road. Google Maps Location Car Park
Weather Great Ocean Road
The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is very intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze and temps are around 20°C only. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rainy every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C pretty cold for camping.
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It's a gravel road to the parking lot but it is accessible by 2 WD with careful driving, better with 4 WD. The walk starts with a descent of more than 366 steps on a wooden staircase down to wreck beach. The walk lasts less than half an hour to Marie Gabrielle anchor; add another 15 minutes for Fiji anchor. The return hike is 2 km long but a little strenuous walking in the deep sand. The ancient anchors tell the tragic history of shipwrecks around Moonlight Head at the end of the 1800s. Marie-Gabrielle built in France was on route from China loaded with tea when it hit the reef in late November 1869. Fiji was constructed in Belfast. It left Hamburg in May and sank on a moonless night in September 1891. Because of the lack of direct action, half of the crew and a resident died. They got buried on the clifftop above the wreck.
Another not much-visited outlook nearby with scenic views is the Gable Lookout.
Attention: The venomous tiger snake is common to the coastal areas in the south of Australia!!