Salomon Trail Running Series Race #4
Sunday September 22nd, 2013
Anglesea, Surf Coast
Spectators (and runners) should also be aware that the Surf Coast Century is also on in Anglesea over this same weekend and provides numerous spectator opportunities. Click here for more information
Anglesea is known as “Where the beach meets the sea” or “The start of the Great Ocean Road” and is a popular tourist destination year round with an endless list of things to do and places to visit nearby.
Watching the runners
Unfortunately (for spectators) the runners in the most part do not come past the start / finish area during their races. The long course runners start with a short out and back on the beach that will eb good to watch but otherwise they complete a loop to the east of the township, so unless you walk along the trails yourself (which is pretty easy to do) spectators will not see the runners until they finish.
So the best place to head whilst waiting you fory runners is the nearest cafe – and the Red Til or the Ocean Corner Cafe directly opposite the start / finish area on Four Kings Corner on the Great Ocean Road.
Alternately, you can go for a walk past the Surf Life Saving Club and up a section of the Surf Coast Walk to a beautiful lookout over the bay and surrounding coastline all within 1km of the start area.
Tell me about Anglesea
For more information on Anglese visit www.visitanglesea.org
Known for it’s friendly swimming, and world class surf beaches, its kangaroos that adorn the local Anglesea Golf Course and surrounding bushland, the relaxed way of life and connection to the natural landscape around it, Anglesea is the perfect place for any outdoor experience.
The Great Otway National Park basically surrounds the township – almost penetrating into the leafy streets at times, and in conjunction with the Anglesea Heath is a terrific natural backdrop to the township and the trail running races around it. In fact the Anglesea heath contains about a quarter of Victoria's plant species including over 80 different types of orchids making it a hot spot for nature lovers – and the wildflowers are in full bloom in Spring – exactly when the Salomon Trail Running Series and Surf Coast Century are on.
Play in the sun on Anglesea's main beach, a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River, which is perfect for swimming, surfing or just relaxing. Paddle with the kids in the protected waters at nearby Point Roadknight beach, popular with families or explore some of the pristine local beaches that are a little more off the beaten track like Point Addis, Uquarts Bluff or Sunnymeade.
Take a walk
Explore the coastline on foot along the 35-kilometre Surf Coast Walk that passes through Anglesea and can be followed in either direction, along the coast and inland up beside the Anglesea River. Visit the Split Point Lighthouse and walk along clifftop tracks to see rocky reefs, rock pools and sheltered coves.
All in all you’ll be impressed by what you find at Anglesea so if you are coming down for the race then book an extra night’s accommodation and make the most of it.
The best port of call for any visit to Anglesea is the nearest Visitor Information Centre – as listed below:
Geelong & Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
Princes Hwy, Little River, +61 3 5283 1735
Geelong Visitor Information Centre
26 Moorabool St, Geelong, +61 3 5222 2900
Torquay Visitor Information Centre
Beach Road, Torquay, +61 3 5261 4219
Or visit the following Tourism Information Websites that have WEALTH OF INFORMATION including lists of places to stay and things to do:
Click here to go to the Tourism Victoria pages on Anglesea.
Click here to go to the Great Ocean Road’s website for Anglesea:
Click here to go to Parks Victoria page for Anglesea.
Click here to go to Visit Anglesea page.
Or click on each of the links below to download some information sheets specifically written for Anglesea:
Recommended accommodation for runners
Anglesea YMCA camp
If you are coming down with a group of friends (or even if you are just an individual) and want a friendly, low cost place to stay with a few others then the Anglesea YMCA is definitely the place to book. Run by outdoor sports people themselves, (including one of Australia’s best female adventure racers – Peri Gray) they have prepared a specific accommodation and meals package for competitors in the Salomon Trail Running Series and Surf Coast Century.
The accommodation is all single bed bunk style with between 2 and 6 people per room, with modern facilities in a beautiful bush setting basically in the middle of Anglesea. They will also be offering catering with a terrific pasta meal (think carbo loading!) before / after your race that is included in the nightly rate, and for an extra $7 you can also hook into a great continental breakfact including toast, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, milk and juice.
Bookings and prices:
- Bookings made before June 30th are $40 per person / per night INCLUDING the carbo dinner and desert.
- Bookings made between June 30th and July 31st are $45 per person / per night INCLUDING the carbo dinner and desert.
- Bookings made after August 1st are $50 per person / per night INCLUDING the carbo dinner and desert.
Contact the YMCA Camp directly for more information or to make a booking, via Peri Gray, ph (03) 5263 1512 or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the YMCA Anglesea website for all the details and more.
Check out Allpoints at Lewtas for some great accommodation rental options in Anglesea.
Accommodation options are also available through Surf Coast Rentals, a large holiday accommodation provider offering up to 450 properties along Torquay, Jan Juc, Anglesea and Point Roadknight area. www.surfcoastrentals.com.au
As does the Anglesea Caravan Park.
Torquay Caravan Park