A short walk from the car park brought us to a barren rocky landscape. Walls of unusual round hollow lime stone pillars and shallow round pockmarks that appeared on the ground had given us the impression of a moonscape. We hardly saw any vegetation in the area but the occasional calls of seagulls reminded us that we were still on Earth.

They name the place the Petrified Forest. It is situated in Cape Bridgewater, 21 kilometres south-west of Portland, off the Great Ocean Road (Victoria, Australia). There are few different theories on how the rock formations were happened. One popular belief is that it was formed when the forest of Moonah trees was smothered by a large sand dune. Water seeping through the sand formed a crust of sandstone on the outside of the trunks, decaying the organic matter, leaving behind petrified trunks.

The other acceptable theory is a natural geological formation where water dripped on sand stone area and it created holes that channelled into the ground so it created rounded pipe formations that resembled hollow petrified tree trunks.

The path to this desolate part of Cape Bridgewater is an easy short walk from the car park where the opposite direction is the path to the Blow Holes. We were so lucky to also enjoy the perfect summer weather on Boxing Day this year.

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