Old Coach Road East Princetown
The meandering course of the Gellibrand River finds the sea beneath the bold headland of Pt Ronald. Wild and untamed; Princetown’s steep banked surging beach extends 800m east of Pt Ronald where it gives way to dunes, a series of crumbled headlands and small bays.
The remains of a 1906 engineering endeavor can be viewed as a strange gateway in the cliff at the base of Point Ronald. The gate fronts a tunnel bored through 90m of rock to the Southern Ocean beyond. Gates were opened in attempts to break a seasonal bar that periodically blocks the river mouth. Nowadays the bar is broken mechanically under a strict protocol when waters reach a preordained level.
Caution: Mouth conditions are notoriously perilous. Steep banks and complicated nearshore currents make this beach unsuitable for swimming in all conditions.
- Turn off the Great Ocean road 500m west of Princetown onto a gravel road (Old Coach Road East).
- Follow the road over the bridge and past the recreation reserve (road deteriorates).
- Take the first option to turn right (before the track turns to sand) to a small parking area.
- Access the beach via a 600m walk along the banks of the Gellibrand River.
Physical Address and GPS Coordinates
- Old Coach Road East, Princetown
- Lat: -38.7070800082139
- Lng: 143.157863616943