Walking Since 1939

Great South West Walk: Labour Day Weekend


Please read the sections Should you Participate, Social Distancing and Good Hygiene and Transport before booking into this walk.


Itinerary and Walk Descriptions

Nelson to Portland. The walk is mainly over sand dunes and is therefore can be quite arduous (especially on the last day). Please make sure to pack light. We will aim to time the walks with low tides, so to avoid walking on wet sands.

Please be aware that if weather forecasts (generally 1 week out) are for hot weather (more than 35 C), we might do the clockwise direction of the walk, Nelson to Moleside creek (easy-medium).


Please read the walk description of section 9-11 in the link below. 



Distance: 61km. (Day-1 22km, day-2 17.5, day-3, 22km)

Friday 5th March:

Drive to Portland (357 km drive from Melbourne CBD). Ideally start out of Melbourne at 3 pm. Stay overnight at accommodation.

Saturday 6th March: 

Start walk at Nelson by 9 am. Camp at Lake Mombeong Camp.

Sunday 7th March:

Start walk by 9 am. Camp at Swan Lake Camp.

Monday 8th March:

Start walk by 6 am. Aim to be at carpark by 4 pm.



A high level of fitness and previous pack-carry experience required.

Must haves: Check Gear Checklist

  1. Waterproof jacket ( of Gore-Tex, eVent, DryVent, Pertex Shield and/or similar fabric).
  2. Water purification tablets. (Available at Chemist Warehouse)
  3. Minimum 5L water carrying capacity. (Ideally a bladder)


Should you Participate?

We need to follow all state government guidelines regarding COVID-19, hence if you are required to be in quarantine or isolation, live in a restricted postcode (if and when designated by state government) or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including the following, you should NOT be doing this walk:

  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

If you or anyone in your household feels sick in any way, please cancel. If you become unwell during the walk please notify your Leader immediately.

If you are in a high risk category, including being elderly or having a pre-existing medical condition, you should consider carefully whether you participate as the Club will accept no liability if you choose to participate.

Refer also to the Victoria state government Coronavirus page


Social Distancing and Good Hygiene

Before, during and after the walk, please practice social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection:

• Carry a mask and wear it when required by the state government.

• Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other walkers.
• Do not share food / water / equipment, or shake hands.
• Use tissues and do not dispose of these in the bush. Carry a plastic bag for disposing of tissues.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
• Wash hands or use sanitiser after contact with shared surfaces, e.g. gates, fences, benches, petrol pumps.

If you are not able to practice good hygiene your Leader will ask you to leave the walk.



Transport to and from the walk location is by car.

Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.

If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.

Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not. To maintain physical distancing, it is recommended you take no more than 1 passenger, unless you are taking family members or persons from your household.

For drivers who agree to accept a passenger, the Victorian State Government guidelines during Victoria’s CovidSafe Summer restrictions are:

You can have passengers in your car. Where possible:

  • your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing 
  • all passengers should wear a fitted face mask in the car unless you have a lawful exemption
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate
  • high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.


Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash (or organise with your driver beforehand for electronic transfer) for this purpose.


Booking is required for this walk. You need to submit a Booking Request (see below). The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide further details as required.

Trip Fees:
Members: $11.20 (Parks Vic booking fee for 2 campsites) + Additional expenses for Portland Accommodation (app. $30-50)

Non-members: $10 (YHA Bushwalking Club fee) + $11.20 (Parks Vic booking fee for 2 campsites) + Additional expenses for Portland Accommodation (app. $30-50)


All trip fees must be prepaid. Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.


If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.

If you have made your payment but need to cancel, we will only provide you with a refund if we can find a replacement for you. However, if you need to cancel because you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, then we will provide you with a full refund (even if a replacement can’t be found).

What to bring

• Hand Sanitiser
• Face Mask
• All the gear and food you will need for the pack-carry and the overnight accommodation.

Refer to our Gear Checklist page, or discuss with your leader, for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


Still have questions?

Check out Joining a walk and your safety

Check out What happens on a walk.

Check out Weekend and extended walks.

Check out our Covid-19 status.

Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button.

Activity Date(s)


March 6, 2021 8:00 am


March 8, 2021 5:00 pm







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