WELCOME TO CAPE BRIDGEWATER
Only 20 minutes from Portland, Cape Bridgewater is a picturesque and secluded.
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 look out above.
CAPE BRIDGEWATER ATTRACTIONS
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
GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK
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.
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.
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.
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 100km 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.
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.