Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cape Bridgewater

We arrived at Cape Bridgewater about 5pm and settled into the Bed and Breakfast where I had reserved for the night. In the past when we had done this trip we would stay in a motel at nearby Portland but this time we splurged on staying at a place with a view.

And yes, it is a view.

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The road east to Portland.

The Seaview Lodge where we stayed. 

It is quite windy most of the time so the owner enclosed the verandahs at each end of the house. This was the kitchen end. 

The local cafe closes at 5pm and since I did not expect to get there in time, we bought some bread, cheese, pate and wine along to eat for dinner. Later that evening, we had a good discussion with the owner who is very friendly and also with a couple from the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne.

The TV end. We went to bed instead.

The Bed and Breakfast was built on the site of the former pub that burned down.

The Bed and Breakfast has a separate cottage out the back for larger families. The rooms in the main building are designed for couples.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see a low set house on the hill with a terrific view.

The waves keep rolling in.

A flock of birds that were some unusual sort of gull. They did not look like the usual kind of seagull you see in Oz. My zoom did not let me get any closer.

The tide was coming in and this construction was still semi intact.

It was fun to chase the birds down the beach and watch them take off.

Cave in the cliffs.

It is a serene type of beach with very few people about. Oddly enough, the area reminded us of Robin Hoods Bay in Yorkshire even though the two beaches are entirely different.

Lavender at the back door.

The next morning,.

Windmills on Cape Nelson in the distance. Since the area always has wind, if you are going to have windmills, this is the place for them.

Before heading off to Melbourne, we headed west a couple of miles to see the local Petrified Forest.

However, before we set off, I fortified myself with a light snack for breakfast. Eat your heart out, Denny's.

The western side of Cape Bridgewater is covered in windmills that were erected in the last four years.

I have never before been so close to one of these monsters.

The path to the Petrified Forest. The green ground cover is common but it doesn't appear to grow very well in the brown area in the distance.

The brown area which is the prelude to the petrified forest.

The forest. It looks like the stumps of trees but in fact they are
not trees but hollow tubes of limestone.

Windmills lurking in the distance.

If you click on the picture, you can read that they are actually solution pipes.

The Southern Ocean stretching down to Antarctica.

It is one of those unusual areas that make you marvel about nature.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mr Perry,

    Cape Bridgewater is beautiful. I live there and in fact you have photographed and posted images here of my property which lies on the Western side and beneath those monsters of the Cape Bridgewater Industrial Wind Energy facility.

    This industrialisation should never have been permitted in such an incredibly diverse and unspoilt rural location. The noise and emissions have destroyed our peaceful rural life to the point our house is unliveable with the conditions imposed on us, as verified by authentic acoustic monitoring and testing within our home.

    I'd like to point out that these structures are not 'wind mills' they are wind turbines. Wind mills are for agricultural purposes and not industry. No-one would put 29 wind mills on land in such a fashion.

    Pretty pictures but 29 wind turbines surround our homes here at Cape Bridgewater and for some of us life here is no longer paradise but hell.

    Anyone interested to learn more about life under turbines take a look at this website called stop these

    Melissa Ware.