can walk to Cape
Bridgewater directly from the beach in front of the house.
A well maintained walkingpath leads you along the Bridgewater Headland.
With 120m sheer cliff face this is the highest clifftop on the Victorian
Coastline. It is an easy walk to the viewing platform to view the resident seal colony and whales that frequent the shores. If you are not
into walking take a boat trip to view the seal colony at water level.
"Seals-by-sea" is a 45min tour that takes you alongside rock platforms
and into the mouth of a cave where you can get close up views of the hundreds
of seals entertaining visitors.
Eat drink and relax at the Cape
Bridgewater Beach Cafe just across the road. Great meals, friendly staff and live music almost every sunday afternoon.
Petrified Forest on top of Cape Bridgewater is an easy walk from the
car park about 4km away from Abalone Beach house - or a 3 hr walk via
the Cape. Thousands of years ago an ancient forest was smothered by a
large sand dune. The wood eventually rotted away leaving a hollow centre.
Also a short walk from the car park are the Blowholes. These were formed by the sea eroding tunnels into the soft layers of scoria
rock found in the area. Large waves crash into the tunnels and shoot a
spout of water high into the air, creating a spectacular sight.
Freshwater springs flow from the cliffs on the west
coast of Cape Bridgewater forming freshwater rock pools. To see the springs,
walk past the blowholes - the striking scenery makes is well worthwhile.
Bridgewater's Freshwater Lakes add another dimension
to the area. They are an ideal place for canoeing, fishing, water skiing,
picnicking or just soaking up the atmosphere. Limestone caves opposite
the entrance to Bridgewater Lakes are home to many bats and provide excellent
views across Discovery Bay.
Explore the Historic Shipwreck Trail along this
scenic southern coastline; look for the road signs that lead to information
plaques. Several of the wrecks are near the shore. Local scuba diving
businesses can take you out diving and snorkelling.
South West Walk passes by the beach directly in front of the
house between Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson. The 250 km long Great
South West walk provides an excellent opportunity to explore the fascinating
variety of scenery and wildlife in South West Victoria. The walk is not
solely for hardy, long distance walkers who carry everything on their
back and complete the whole 250 km in one go. Most people use the track
for short walks.
Lovely coastal views and tranquil surrounds make Cape
Nelson State Park a perfect destination for art / photography
studies, nature / culture field studies and picnicking. The Cape Nelson
Lighthouse offers guided tours and there are many opportunities for walking,
wildlife watching and scenic drives.
the unspoilt beauty of Discovery
Bay Coastal Park which is known for its lakes, dune areas
and long sandy beaches. Vehicle access is provided at several points -
driving on the dunes and beach is prohibited. The unruly tides of the
ocean make this beach area an unsafe place to swim and limited access
to the Park makes it all the more isolated. You can walk for kilometers
beachcombing, try your hand at surf fishing, or just marvel at this amazing
expanse of shifting sands.
Untouched Mt Richmond National Park
Over 450 plant species occur in the park. 50 Orchid species have been
recorded. Look out for Emus, Rosellas, Gang-Gang Cockatoos, Honeyeaters,
Wattlebirds, Blue Wrens and you may even see a rare Rufous Bristlebird.
Take in the serenity of Lower
Glenelg National Park
which stretches from the mouth of
the Glenelg River inland, encompassing 27,000 ha of bushland and
winding river flanked by spectacular limestone cliffs. The river
area provides opportunities for a wide range of activities. There
are canoe hire facilities as well as river cruises available to
enjoy the area from the water. There are also several car access
points for fishing and for that BBQ fire….
Ponds Conservation Park The crystal clear water of the 85
metre deep ponds are renown worldwide for diving and snorkelling and have
been featured by many national (Did you see it at Get-A-Way?) and international
TV shows. There is a jetty and a walking trail to explore the ponds and
Please contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mt Gambier regarding snorkelling
and the Cave
Divers Association of Australia for access details on scuba diving.
Princess Lady Margaret Rose Cave
The stalactites and stalagmites, sometimes joined into pillars, the wayward
helictites, the breathtaking shawls, blankets and chandeliers, the rare
cave coral all appear in seemingly liquid crystalline structures whose
many hues come from minerals washing down from soil above.
Eccles National Park
Mt. Eccles National Park is a popular destination for visitors wishing
to explore its volcanic landscape. Take flash lights to explore the small
The Food, Wine & Roses Festival is held each February
in Heywood and draws over 4,000 visitors. Activities include wood chopping,
local food and wine tasting, parades, carnival rides, market stalls, fireworks,
floral art, photography, painting, live bands and family entertainment.
may also choose to step by the friendly staff at the Portland
Visitor Information Center on your way if you coming via Portland.