18 June 2018
A FUN 48 HOURS IN THE WET WITH JILLby JILL ACKROYD
Saturday Morning – wild and windy
There is something magical about the wild coastline of Victoria’s South West in winter and Portland does not disappoint. We got the thermals on and our thickest winter coat and hat to brave a walk up to the highest cliffs in Victoria at Cape Bridgewater, a quick 20 minute drive west of Portland. There we enjoyed the full power of that Southern Ocean as it pounded mercilessly onto the cliffs and forced itself into the natural blowhole. So spectacular.
Saturday lunch and afternoon
To thaw out we pulled into the café that overlooks a beach that seems to go on for as far as the eye can see. We were lucky enough to witness the local young seals come down from the seal colony and surf in on the waves; we were told that this can be a regular occurrence during this time of the year.
The café is warm and vibrant with excellent food and friendly staff, we could see why it was so popular with locals and visitors alike.
On the way home we took the loop drive turning onto the Lake Bridgewater Road where there is a wonderful natural lake and across the road some Limestone Caves nestled into the side of the hill. Nothing is fenced off and we were able to walk right up into these caves and take in the panoramic view.
Spoilt for choice on where to dine with a good variety of cuisine options we settled on a beautiful restaurant Clock by the Bay, located in the converted original Post Office. From the start of the evening to the end we were spoilt with fine dining, beautiful décor and professional service. 10/10 from me!
Sunday – wild, windy and raining
It is June so I guess we can’t expect not to have some rain! Wasn’t sure what we could do so we went into the visitor centre and found that Portland has some interesting museums and art galleries to keep us busy for the day. We started with their own museum the Maritime Discovery Centre and discover we did. I had no idea Portland started on the back of the whaling/sealing industry and that there is such a rich history of early European settlement here.
Thank you Portland for an amazing weekend. We’ll be back