Only 20 minutes from Portland, Cape Bridgewater is a picturesque and secluded.
The beautiful and secluded Cape Bridgewater was once a volcanic island. It is a pleasant 20 minute drive from Portland via Otway Street. The scenery enroute to the Cape offers a glimpse back in time, with stone ruins in paddocks a testament to the area’s 1840s farming settlement. The round trip via Bridgewater Lakes and Cashmore Road is approximately 50kms.
This windswept bay comprises 4 kms of wide sandy beach, and is the hub of the town. Facilities include a beachside cafe, public toilets and great picnic spots. Bridgewater Bay Beach is patrolled by the local surf lifesaving club from the first week in December through until Easter on weekends and public holidays between 10am and 5pm
See some of the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria overlooking the deep-blue waters of Bridgewater Bay that stretches in a perfect crescent around the rim of a huge, ancient volcano crater.
Take in the surreal landscape of the petrified forest which looks like a forest of tree roots turned into rock. Watch as the sea spray blasts metres skyward at the blowhole. See the large breeding colony of fur seals from a lookout above.
Located 50 metres from the car park the forest was formed when sand dunes covered moonah trees 1000’s years ago. Water seeped through the sand and down the trunks decaying the organic matter, leaving behind ‘petrified’ trunks.
The Petrified Forest is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. The formation you will see when visiting this amazing sight is nothing like what you can see anywhere else and is surrounded by natural beauty in Blowholes, Fresh Water Springs and Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals.
Formed from the lava flows of an extinct volcano the basalt (black) and scorpia (purple) rock create spectacular spouts of sea spray during high seas. Located 2 minute walk from the car park.
An action packed 45 minute tour by boat where you can get up close and personal with the largest mainland breed seal colony in Australia. Watch the adult and baby seals surf, slide down the rocks and jump beside the boat. If your lucky you will even see dolphins and whales as well.
The Great South West Walk is south western Victoria’s premier 250km bushwalking trail, located between Portland and Nelson at the western gateway to the Great Ocean Road. A world-class experience including rugged cliffs, sublime bays, tranquil forests and pristine river, all within four National Parks. Ideally set up for shorter walks, day walks or the whole loop.
The springs can be viewed by taking a 4km round trip from the carpark. Water drains through the limestone and forms a spring at the edge of the cliffs. During colonial times a stone ramp was constructed so that cattle could be headed down there in times of drought.
During certain months of the year Cape Bridgewater is the ideal base camp for whale watching. There are several locations to choose from for viewing the whales, or you can even sit inside the cafe and watch for whales just 100m from the front door.
This is a popular recreational area for fishing, canoeing and water-skiing. If you’re interested in surf fishing, beach combing or walking along 60kms of unspoilt beach. To get to the lakes, take the scenic 10 minute drive on Bridgewater Lake Road.
The lake is nestled among sand dunes and is a good place for a picnic, sand boarding and a lie-down. 30 km west of Portland on the road to Nelson is the turn off for Swan Lake Rd, a steep, loose-gravel road with a number of sharp twists. Caravans will need to be towed by a 4WD.
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