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Fossil Point, Golden Bay

Area
Golden Bay
Distance
4.75km
Time
1-3hr
Grade
Easy
Access
A clearly signposted and marked trail begins at Puponga Farm Park below the café at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay
Map
BM24
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Take a gentle stroll from Paddle Crab Cafe in Puponga on the poled trail heading north across the paddocks of Triangle Flat. The first part of the walk is flat, with an easy incline through exotic pines and manuka, to crest the sandy hillocks before slipping down on a sandy trail to the beach.

Fossil Point, so named for the fossilised shells and creatures it contains, is actually the base of the outer curve of Farewell Spit and provides ample space for walking, running, and beachcombing. Return the same way, or take a round trip east for about a kilometre to where a marker indicates the route inland, over the dunes on a 4WD trail, to the Inner Beach of the spit and then back to the south-west, along Inner Beach, to reach the car park at Triangle Flat. 45min to Fossil Point or 90min-2hr round trip to or from Inner Beach.

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