Cape Bridgewater is one of Australia’s best kept secrets with pristine beaches, spectacular views, phenomenal surf and tranquil and peaceful lakes. Here at Annesley house we take a certain pride in living so near to such a beautiful place and although we would like to keep it all too ourselves, it’s not a place to be missed! Just a short 20 minute scenic drive from Portland, catching glimpses of the wide expanse of beach, the final bend is one that truly takes your breath away. With rolling hills, slopping cliffs and transparent blue water that stretches out to the horizon, it’s a picture that speaks a thousand words. Located on the beach is the Bridgewater Bay Cafe which is perfect for those who want to grab a quick snack and hit the waves or for those who just want to enjoy a meal overlooking this beautiful beach.
Located just 4kms from Bridgewater Bay is the magnificent Petrified Forest. Whether you think the forest was formed from the natural erosion of stone or is the remains of Monnah trees it’s truly a spectacular natural creation! Once you’ve finished exploring the forest continue down the road to The Blowholes which offers an impressive display of spouts of water during high seas. While you observe the true ferocity of the ocean it’s easy to imagine the peril sailors would have had to faced, there are a few plaques to honour those who lost their lives. The viewing platform is also perfect for spotting whales.
Bridgewater bay is also home to Shelly Beach which, true to its name is a beach almost completely covered in shells. If you’re an avid shell collector or just want to enjoy the beauty of the beach this is a unique place you shouldn’t miss.
Another popular spot is the picturesque Bridgewater Lakes. These fresh water lakes are sheltered and secluded and are perfect for picnics and swimming. A boat ramp is located near the Aquatic club in order to make access easier. Opposite from the Bridgewater Lakes stretches the limestone caves across the band of cliff and offer a truly amazing view of Discovery Bay. To access the lakes simply take a short scenic 10 minute drive on Bridgewater Lakes Road from Shelly Beach.