Welcome to Portland to South Australia
Cape Bridgewater is an essential 21km detour off the Portland–Nelson Rd. The stunning 4km arc of Bridgewater Bay is one of Australia’s finest stretches of white-sand surf beach. The road continues on to Cape Duquesne, where walking tracks lead to a spectacular Blowhole and the eerie Petrified Forest (and wind farms) on the clifftop. A longer two-hour return walk takes you to a seal colony.
Tiny Nelson, 65km from Portland and 4km short of the South Australian border, is little more than a general store, a pub and a handful of accommodation places, but you can take boat and kayak tours from here up the Glenelg River.