Things to See & Do
photo of Shelly BeachShelly Beach <view on map>
Shelly Beach (a two minute walk from the house) is well known for its variety of shells and is an area favoured by rock fishermen. A great place to collect shells.






photo of PortlandPortland <view on map>
Portland is located in South-West Victoria, approximately 100km from Warrnambool, Mt. Gambier and Hamilton. Portland is a thriving city near the ocean with a busy port and numerous beaches ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. There are a variety of museums and galleries including CEMA Arts Centre, The Arts Company. A ride on the jump-on-jump-off historic cable tram is an enjoyable way to learn about Portland and its history and to visit History House, the Powerhouse Motor Museum, the Portland Maritime and Discovery Centre, the Botanical Gardens, the World War II Memorial Lookout Tower and the Fawthrop Lagoon. There are also a large number of eating establishments, suiting to each individual's tastes. Portland has a lot more fantastic and interesting places to visit and activities to do...all waiting for you to discover. Whales frequently visit from June to October and can be closely observed from the cliff tops, beaches or breakwaters.

To learn more about Portland visit the Portland Tourist Association website.


photo of The Great South West WalkThe Great South West Walk <view on map>
The Great South West Walk is a 250km long walking track offering walkers a unique environmental experience with tracks through vibrant native forests, majestic river gorges, high rugged cliff tops, and untamed beaches. At any location you are sure to view some of the most beautiful natural scenery and wildlife. There is always something fascinating or new to see, the seal colony, a gannet rookery, a petrified forest, the blowholes or even the two lighthouses. Designed as a long distance walking track, and for day or short walks, the walk is readily accessed from Portland, Nelson or from a number of road crossings. The walk invites all ages, abilities and tastes.

For more info visit The Great South West Walk website.

photo of Bridgewater BeachBridgewater Beach <view on map>
Beautiful Bridgewater Bay must be one of Victoria's best kept secrets. Officially ranked by the Royal Life Saving Club as one of Australia’s top 10 beaches it's spectacular coastal scenery and  endless sandy beaches, fresh-water lakes and numerous national parks make the area equally attractive to naturalist, bush walkers and beach lovers. Known to the locals as "Bridgie", this four kilometre long beach is fantastic for all ages to enjoy. The licensed Cape Bridgewater Cafe on the beach is a great place for breakfast/ lunch or wine/coffee


photo of Bridgewater LakesBridgewater Lakes <view on map>
A popular recreational area ideal for swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailboarding and power boating. By car, only five minutes away from Shelly Beach Retreat.






photo of The SpringsThe Springs <view on map>
The cliffs on the west coast of Bridgewater are composed of basalt, and covered in dune limestone. Water drains through the limestone, along the line of contact and emerges as springs along the cliffs, resulting in freshwater pools. An interesting feature not to miss.





photo of The BlowholesThe Blowholes <view on map>
The blowholes are a fascinating place to visit. The volcanic rock at the base of the cliff is formed mainly of basalt and scoria. Scoria is eroded more readily by the sea than basalt, therefore creating the blowholes that display spectacular spouts of sea spray during high seas.





photo of Petrified ForestPetrified Forest <view on map>
Four kilometres past Bridgewater Beach, the Petrified Forest features petrified trunk formations.






photo of Seal CaveSeal Cave <view on map>
The seal colony can be reached by a two hour walk. Steps winding down lead to a viewing platform from which the seals can be seen playing below.

Scenic boat trips can be taken to experience the seals up close through Seals by Sea Tours.



Map of Local Area

Bridgewater Lakers The Springs Bridgewater Beach Shelly Beach Portland Seal Cave The Blowholes Petrified Forest

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