Cape Bridgewater

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Cape Bridgewater
Cape Bridgewater Coastline 002.JPG
Looking down towards the Cape Bridgewater foreshore area
Cape Bridgewater is located in Shire of Glenelg
Cape Bridgewater
Cape Bridgewater
Coordinates38°22′0″S 141°24′0″E / 38.36667°S 141.40000°E / -38.36667; 141.40000Coordinates: 38°22′0″S 141°24′0″E / 38.36667°S 141.40000°E / -38.36667; 141.40000
Population150 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3305 [2]
LGA(s)Shire of Glenelg
State electorate(s)South-West Coast
Federal division(s)Wannon
Localities around Cape Bridgewater:
Mount Richmond Mount Richmond
Gorae West
Gorae West
Ocean Cape Bridgewater Cashmore
Portland West
Ocean Ocean Ocean
FootnotesAdjoining localities[3]

Cape Bridgewater is a locality in the Australian state of Victoria located on the western shore of Bridgewater Bay about 21 kilometres (13 mi) south-west of Portland and about 383 kilometres (238 mi) west of Melbourne.

The area was settled in the 1860s by the Henty family who had settled nearby Portland, and a post office opened in 1863 (closed 1968) though known as Bridgewater Lower for some years.[4]

Both Cape Bridgewater and Bridgewater Bay were named after the Duke of Bridgewater (1756-1829), by Lieutenant James Grant sailing on the Lady Nelson on 4 December 1800.[5][6][7][8]

Cape Bridgewater includes the following protected areas within its boundaries - the Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Mount Richmond National Park.[3]

Cape Bridgewater is home to a colony of up to 650 fur seals and has the highest coastal cliff in Victoria. These cliffs are a suitable spot to observe southern right whales in winter and spring. The cape itself also boasts a large blowhole and karst solution pipes, colloquially known as the petrified forest,[9] but now known to be hollow tubes of limestone, eroded as a result of millions of years of rainfall. Bridgewater Bay and the adjacent Cape form a partially submerged volcanic caldera. To the west is a large area with huge sand dunes. For these reasons the Cape and the nearby coastal area is classed by the government as the second most important coastline in Victoria, after the 'Twelve Apostles', along the Great Ocean Road

Wind energy[edit]

Construction of wind turbines by the company Pacific Hydro were constructed on the cape after some controversy. This is part of the Portland Wind Project

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cape Bridgewater (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 January 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Glenelg Shire town and rural districts names and boundaries" (PDF). Locality names and boundary maps. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria, Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  5. ^ Grant, James (1803), The narrative of a voyage of discovery, performed in His Majesty's vessel the Lady Nelson, London: Roworth, p. 195, cited in Bird (2006)
  6. ^ Lee, Ida (1915), The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson, London: Grafton, p. 328, OL 6580132M, cited in Bird (2006)
  7. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011.
  8. ^ Chart of the N and W. parts of Bass's Straits discovered and sailed through in a passage from England to Port Jackson in December 1800 in H.M. armed surveying vessel Lady Nelson commanded by Jas. Grant .., retrieved 11 February 2011
  9. ^ Lipar, M., Webb, J. A., White, S.Q., Grimes, K.G., 2015. The genesis of solution pipes: Evidence from the Middle-Late Pleistocene Bridgewater Formation calcarenite, southeastern Australia. Geomorphology, 246, p. 90-103.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cape Bridgewater at Wikimedia Commons