Having not seen the sea for a few days we found ourselves in need of the beach and some sea air, so we headed back to the coast. Dubbed the limestone coast by the locals because of the limestone cliffs and many rock formations. We found the area much to our liking, there are plenty of beaches, picturesque wind farms and some lovely cliff top walks. We particularly enjoyed the enchanted forest. It is full of Moonah trees, which twist and wind their way around the forest giving it a mystical feel. Also of note is the Cape Nelson lighthouse, which stands 32m tall. The houses nearby have painted their chimneys to match the lighthouse.
Shelly beach is a pretty little beach covered in shell fragments, which apparently they used to collect and feed to chickens. Just along the road Bridgewater bay had a sandy beach with a fantastic view out to the very blue sea. From here we walked up to the highest cliff top in Victoria, also home to a colony of non-breeding seals (either because they are too young or too old). We were surprised at how many seals we saw and although they were all lovely we preferred the larger bull seals who were more active and more inclined to go for a swim.
Further along the coast we walked to a petrified forest, which the leaflets we got from the information centre told us it was once a Moonah forest that got smothered by a sand dune. In actual fact it has nothing to do with trees and it was formed by mineral water seeping through the rocks and forming a crust. Over years these became several metres deep. The ocean and wind erroded the softer rocks to reveal the tree like formations, but they did look like tree trunks.