Eco-Friendly Time Travel – Cape Bridgewater, Victoria
A Short History
Cape Bridgewater is definitely not one of the newest townships along the southern coast of Victoria. The Cape was discovered in 1800, and named for the Duke of Bridgewater. Cape Bridgewater township was founded soon after, in 1860. But what really sets this area apart is not its relatively short history as an Australian township, but a deeply interesting geological history.
The Cape and the Bay are part of the caldera of a long-extinct volcano. Millennia of geological activity have eroded much of the caldera, but the land of Cape Bridgewater still retains the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria. Book your holiday rental in Cape Bridgewater, and come experience ancient history up close.
Finding the History
Cape Bridgewater represents a rather unique opportunity to see the effects of time on local geography. For instance, the blowholes near Cape Bridgewater are caused by waves eroding tunnels into the volcanic rock below. At high tides or with strong seas, water will rush into the blowholes from the surf and spray high into the air.
Another example is the petrified forest. At one time, great trees stood along the edge of the limestone cliffs of the coast. These trees were consumed by a giant sand dune. Water gradually worked its way through the sand, and eventually caused sandstone “shells” to form around the tree trunks and roots. Now the organic matter inside has decayed away, but the limestone shells of these trees remain.
But not everything in Cape Bridgewater is relegated to the past. The eco-tourism industry is indeed alive and well. Visit the thriving colony of fur seals that make their home here on the Cape. Numbering more than 650, this is a lively family of animals that you can see sunning and swimming. A conveniently placed viewing platform allows you to retain a comfortable vantage point, without disturbing the animals’ natural habitat. If this is not quite enough for you, small-group charters are available to take you seal watching from the offshore side.
The beach at Cape Bridgewater will not let you down if you want more traditional Australian beach activities. Swimming here is considered safe, and there is a decent surf break here. If you find it too mild, try your luck just to the north at White’s Beach instead. For holidaymakers who are planning to sample several beaches in the area, consider taking a holiday rental home in Cape Bridgewater as your central base of operations. This will help to cut down on transit times and allow you to catch more breaks.
If you have any time left, consider spending a day at Mount Richmond National Park. Festooned with beautiful wildflowers in springtime, the park is a perfect place for a picnic lunch or for one of their many hour-long nature walks.
Keeping a Weather Eye
Any time of year is suitable for a visit to Cape Bridgewater. The eco-friendly tourism approach has activities that are well suited to the cooler months, while traditional beach dwellers may prefer the warmer season. Daytime temperatures in January and February will average 22 to 23 degrees Celsius, with nights cooling to 13 – 14 degrees. Cooler weather arrives in June through August, with days peaking around 13 to 14 degrees and nights falling to average lows of 6 to 7 degrees. Choose your holiday accommodations well, pack according to the season, and there’s no reason to delay your trip to Cape Bridgewater.
Planning Your Holiday
Of course, the first step in planning a successful holiday in Cape Bridgewater is to select and reserve your holiday rental home. The year round population of the town is about 9000 people, and there are good selections of holiday accommodations.
The next step is to book your flights. If you’re flying out of any of the London area airports, you have plenty of choices. All major carriers have flights from London to Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, with multiple daily departures. On arrival in Melbourne, you can hire a car and drive to Cape Bridgewater, but this is nearly a five-hour drive. A better alternative is to take a connecting flight from Melbourne’s Essendon airport to Portland Airport (PTJ), and then hire a car for a much more reasonable 20-minute drive to Cape Bridgewater.
Whatever the season and whatever the reason, you’ll enjoy Cape Bridgewater.