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.
BRIDGEWATER BAY & BEACH
This windswept bay comprises 4kms of wide sandy beach, and is the hub of the town. Facilities include a beachside café, 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.
Out on Cape Bridgewater, Stony Hill is the highest cliff top on the Victorian coastline, towering 130 metres above sea level. It was once the western rim of a volcano, stretching between the Seal Caves and the Springs. The evolution of a sand pit linked the island to the mainland, dunes formed and have since turned to limestone.
TARRAGAL LIMESTONE CAVES
Situated opposite the entrance to Bridgewater Lakes, a steep 50 metre climb to the caves provides an excellent view across Discovery Bay.
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, take the walk into Discovery Bay. To get to the lakes, take the scenic 10 minute drive on Bridgewater Lakes Road from Shelly Beach.