There are two great walks to Bushrangers Bay. A slightly longer version starts at Cape Schank. We tried that back in November 2012 and loved it. It was simply abundant with so many different animals. We saw a huge echidna, some swamp wallabies, Eastern grey kangaroos, were told of a tiger snake that another walker had seen further along the track (we didn’t see it though), a water dragon and many many birds.
For a bit of variety, we thought we try to walk that starts at Greens Bush. We thought it would be hard to beat our previous walk which ranked as one of our favourites, but it definitely came close, if not an equal match. Park at the Greens Bush car park at the side of Boneo Road (between Flinders and Cape Schank). Round trip to Bushrangers Bay back to the car park is about 5km.
It was a warm summer’s day. We set off after a light picnic lunch in the picnic area at the start of the walk. We weren’t expecting to see much to start off as we thought it was probably too warm for the kangaroos to be out and about. Then I spotted these two along the side of the path.
Mum with Joey
Then it was hard not to spot kangaroos. It seemed like they were around every corner. We found a lovely mum with joey in pouch. She had some blood down her front where we suspect she’d got caught on a fence, but she seemed pretty mobile even with her big joey in the pouch so we assumed it was more superficial.
Mum with joey in pouch
Just after we’d been so thrilled to see the joeys, we bumped into an echidna. He seemed totally oblivious to us and just kept rooting around in the dirt for whatever it was he was enjoying. I could have stayed watching him for ages but the beach was waiting for us.
Echidna – Two Bays Walking Track
The walk from Cape Schank follows the coast along the cliff top and is pretty spectacular.
Map of Bushrangers Bay
The Greens Bush route cuts through bushland with countryside views until you near the coast then once again you privileged to see simply sea spectacular views. The closer you get, the more impressive are the views until you arrive at the top of the steps that lead down to the bay itself.
The steps are steep but wide. Average fitness is needed but you may need to take it easy on the way back up. The view is just as spectacular from the bay itself. The water is crystal clear and you get a feeling of what Australia must have been like for the first settlers. There’s no mobile phone reception, no modern technology is visible, it’s just raw, breathtaking scenery. Volcanic rocks blend with the silver sand and the crystal water. When we went we had a cloudless cyan blue sky too and the light was amazing.
Walk along the sands, then over the rocks and you’ll discover lots of rockpools. We sat on the rocks listening to the waves crashing against the rocks while we relaxed with some snacks. The children wandered around the pools looking for sea stars and anemones and then we took a gentle stroll back along the shore. The sun was getting low in the sky by now and it was very atmospheric.
Then we started the somewhat arduous walk back up the steps, paused at the top to catch our breath and once again relive the view. Then we headed back the way we came.
The journey back saw once again abundant roos and we heard of another tiger snake sighting but we didn’t see it. We did catch a glimpse of a very shy wallaby in the bush though.
Once again Bushrangers Bay didn’t fail to deliver. Lovely walk and would recommend it if you enjoy a bit of a hike with wonderful animals to view along the way.