Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

5 h to 9 h

21.7 km
oneway

↑ 69 m
↓ -68 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park off Douglas Parade, Spotswood, this walk takes you to Altona via the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, potentially visiting the 100 steps to Federation and the Time Beacon sculpture along the way. This is a flat, well-maintained coastal trail with heaps to do and see. There are internationally significant wetland habitats, botanic gardens, scenic beaches, and various artworks & signposts informing you about the area's history. Birdwatching can be rewarding here as well. Dogs are allowed on leash unless stated otherwise. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.8318983,144.8953223)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom West Gate Freeway, M1, Spotswood.
  • Turn on to Williamstown Road Offramp then drive for 520 m
  • Continue onto Williamstown Road Offramp and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn left onto Hudsons Road and drive for another 1 km
  • Turn left onto Booker Street and drive for another 220 m
  • Turn right onto Simcock Avenue and drive for another 205 m
  • Turn right onto Douglas Parade, 35, 2 and drive for another 310 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 100 m
Finish (-37.8929616,144.782228)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park off Douglas Parade (70 metres north of the intersection with Craig Street), head towards the water and get on the paved track. Turn right and head along the said track as you keep the water to your left. 80 metres in, keep left at the 3-way intersection to continue along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail (E2W).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 6 m turn right, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m pass the water tap (6 m on your left).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 55 m pass the car park (6 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 680 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 25 m pass the car park (10 m on your right).
After another 95 m pass the "Newport Park" (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 7 m pass the water tap (5 m on your left).
After another 20 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 205 m pass the toilet (80 m on your left).
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 220 m pass the playground (7 m on your right).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 140 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 245 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 170 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 8 m pass the "Charles Bates Reserve Playground" (on your left).
After another 130 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
Then pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 10 m pass the playground (8 m on your right).
After another 140 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "Public Toilets" (9 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 10 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 100 m pass the picnic table (6 m on your right).
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 140 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 45 m veer right, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m pass the car park (15 m on your right).
After another 160 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 6 m pass the "Nando's" (35 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 20 m pass the "Mascalzone Osteria Pizzeria Artigiana" (35 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the "Carter Smith Devlin & co." (40 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "Between 2 Buns" (35 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the "World Travel Food Bar" (30 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Okami Japanese Restaurant" (30 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "Euro Grill Bar" (30 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "La Migliore" (30 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "Fong's Kitchen" (35 m on your right).
Then pass the "Milano" (40 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m pass the "Burger Culture" (75 m on your right).
Then pass the "Alexanders Williamstown" (40 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Thai Satay" (35 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "Tick Tol" (35 m on your right).
Then pass the playground (35 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the "Al Porto Vecchio" (35 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 20 m pass the "Scwabs Galley" (30 m on your right).
After another 75 m pass the "Commonwealth Reserve Band Rotunda" (40 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "Souv N Brew" (30 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 9 m pass the "Ms Kim" (25 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "Madame K's Vegetarian" (25 m on your right).
Then pass the "Public Toilets" (20 m on your left).
Then pass the "Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre" (25 m on your left).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & Syme Street) continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 7 m pass the "Sangam Tandoori" (25 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the "Williamstown Mussels" (40 m on your right).
Then pass the "Cafe Cirino" (25 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "The Town Fryer" (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the "Fish & Chippery" (25 m on your right).
After another 5 m pass the "Sam's Boatshed" (45 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the "Remvi by the Bay" (40 m on your right).
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 190 m (at the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & Ann Street) continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 270 m pass the "Titanic Theatre Restaurant" (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 80 m pass the "Timeball Tower" (25 m on your right).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 490 m pass the "Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park" (6 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 410 m pass the playground (25 m on your right).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 470 m pass the BBQ (6 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 9 m pass the water tap (6 m on your left).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
After another 70 m pass the BBQ (6 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the water tap (5 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 5 m pass the shelter (25 m on your left).
Then pass the fast-food restaurant (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the "Fearon Reserve" (15 m on your right).
After another 70 m pass the "Sebastian" (15 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "Public Toilets" (15 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
Then pass the "Sadler Reserve" (20 m on your right).
After another 100 m pass the playground (45 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 140 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 200 m pass the "The Kiosk" (25 m on your left).
At the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & Bay Trail continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 9 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 50 m pass the "Gloucester Reserve" (on your left).
After another 160 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & Bay Trail) continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 230 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 9 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 45 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 3 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 8 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 295 m pass the water tap (7 m on your left).
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m pass the playground (50 m on your right).
After another 4 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 70 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 115 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 105 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 80 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 8 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 5 m continue straight, to head along Bay Trail.
After another 145 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 220 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 40 m turn left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & Maddox Road) continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 215 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 740 m (at the intersection of Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail & ramp) continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 390 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m turn right, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 360 m turn left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 440 m come to the ""The Pines" Scout Camp, 4th Altona" (30 m on your right).
Campsite managed byScouting Association.
After another 235 m turn right, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 590 m pass the water tap (6 m on your right).
After another 185 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 80 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 25 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 60 m pass the BBQ (40 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the playground (25 m on your right).
After another 95 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 335 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 8 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass the "Bezirk" (65 m on your right).
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Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 245 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 35 m pass the "Public Toilets" (on your right).
After another 30 m pass the "Weaver Reserve" (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "water fountain" (on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 50 m pass the playground (25 m on your right).
After another 50 m pass the "Logan Reserve" (20 m on your right).
After another 9 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 40 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 215 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 340 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 230 m pass the playground (20 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 25 m pass the BBQ (30 m on your right).
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 30 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the BBQ (25 m on your right).
After another 6 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 15 m pass the playground (5 m on your right).
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 295 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 420 m pass the "Truganina Explosives Reserve" (20 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 7 m cross the bridge (about 110 m long)
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 280 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Time Beacon sculpture, avoiding the 100 steps to Federation. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Time Beacon sculpture via the 100 steps to Federation. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 25 m veer left, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 570 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
After another 490 m (at the intersection of Skeleton Creek Trail & Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail) turn right, to head along Skeleton Creek Trail.
After another 105 m veer right.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 40 m come to the end.

This side trip takes you to the Time Beacon sculpture, avoiding the 100 steps to Federation.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 235 m come to "Time Beacon sculpture".
A seat.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 430 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to the Time Beacon sculpture via the 100 steps to Federation.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m head up the steps (about 115 m long)
After another 50 m head up the steps (about 40 m long)
A seat.
"Time Beacon sculpture".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 225 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 21.7 km
Time 5 h to 9 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 12.9 km from the start.

Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 7.2 km apart with the largest gap of 14.6 km.

Toilet: There are 11 on route, on average they are 1.8 km apart with the largest gap of 6.8 km.

Seat: There are 7 on route, on average they are 2.8 km apart with the largest gap of 8.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.7 km[toilet]
Toilet
3.4 kmPublic Toilets
Toilet
4.1 kmPublic Toilets
Shelter
4.1 kmCommonwealth Reserve Band Rotunda
Toilet
6.9 km[toilet]
Shelter
7 km[shelter]
Toilet
7.2 kmPublic Toilets
Toilet
7.6 km[toilet]
Seat
8.4 km[seat]
Seat
8.6 km[seat]
Seat
8.8 km[seat]
Seat
9.4 km[seat]
Seat
9.9 km[seat]
Camp site
12.9 km"The Pines" Scout Camp, 4th Altona
Toilet
14.4 km[toilet]
Toilet
15.1 km[toilet]
Toilet
15.8 kmPublic Toilets
Seat
15.9 km[seat]
Toilet
16 km[toilet]
Toilet
17.4 km[toilet]
Seat
19.4 km + 440 m[seat]
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