Sandymount

Sandymount

Sandymount is a reserve and the high point immediately to the northeast of Sandfly Bay on the Pacific coast of the Otago Peninsula. The main access is along metal Sandymount Road from Highcliff Road.

From the carpark, the 20 minute hike up to the top of the mount is clearly marked. You can then walk down the mount on a second track that starts just before the top and connects with the loop track that goes around the mount. The loop takes you to Lovers Leap and the Chasm on the coast.⁠

The mount is largely covered by low regenerating native scrub and flax. The path up from the carpark is moderately rocky and easy, although the path down to the loop track is more akin to walking on a sandhill in places, hence the name. When you get to the bottom, head left on the track for the rest of the loop and right if you want to walk down to Sandfly Bay, or for a flat walk back to the carpark.⁠

The views around the surrounding region are excellent throughout this hike. The top is getting a bit overgrown but you should be able to push through easily for a better viewpoint over Allans Beach and on to Mt Charles to the northeast. To the north and northwest is Hoopers Inlet and surrounding hills, and to the west is Sandfly Bay, best seen while walking down to the loop track.

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