Marino Rocks Boardwalk Trail impresses me every single time.
Stunning panoramic coastal views along the entire trail, sheer rugged cliff faces with crashing waves, a rocky beach full of geological surprises to explore, and salty fresh air are a winning combination. It is a trail that can suit people of all athletic inclinations. In its entirety it is about 5kms but of course can be done in part.
The juncture of Marine Parade and Murto Rd is where it all begins, from here it is easy enough to find the trail. The wide planked and close slatted wooden boardwalk is very comfortable to walk along, and often quite creatively geometrically attractive.
The inclusion of safety hand-rails along the side of the cliff and the very gentle inclines/declines mean that this part of the walk is suitable for children and the elderly. For the mountain goats among us, there are many flat grassy places on the cliff that make beautiful picnic spots.
For the more physically enthusiastic, closer towards the Marino Rocks Conservation Park the boardwalk eventuates into a series of zig-zags of steep stairs that are built into the rugged curves of the natural valleys of the cliff face. On weekends it is not uncommon to see fanatics running this section.
There are perks in these valleys for us mortals too, these winding geometric staircases lead down to the cliff base where there is a rocky beach.
Here there are unbelievable rock formations to photograph, rock pools to poke around in, and plenty for the kids to climb on. I've seen many a happy dog ambling this route. An interesting and weathered walk in itself - something of an obstacle course of an incredibly diverse array of pretty stones - it's possible to stroll along here for a time until you come to one of the many stair-bases where you can resume your original walk.
Eventually the track will lead through Hallet Cove Conservation Park, which offers a beautiful spread of Australian flora. The inclines soften and once again its become a gentle stroll. The path culminates at a huge rounded lookout overlooking the spectacular green rolling hillside of where the park merges with the beach, which in turn merges with the fringes of the suburb of Hallet Cove. Back to reality!
At least you get to walk all the way back to your car.