The Great South West Walk in south-western Victoria was on my agenda for later this year, but I decided last week that the time to do it is now. I have a few quiet weeks and a knee injury that only bothers me when running. It seems like a good idea to find something interesting to do to ward off “runners depression”, maintain some fitness, and burn a few calories at the same time.
The 250km hike is a giant loop from the western Victorian town of Portland initially passing through rural landscapes, then following the lower reaches of the Glenelg River before returning along the wild south coast. I’m planning on nine days of hiking done in two stages, with a mid-hike break in the tiny river town of Nelson where I will resupply.