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Cape Nelson

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A few kilometres southwest of Portland is Cape Nelson and its state park. Looking west across the bay you can see Cape Bridgewater, spectacular coastal views and occasional whale sightings.

Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland West, Australia (Unsplash)
By Rene Bieder renebieder (https://unsplash.com/photos/SjEV1wUrfJg) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The park is accessed via walking tracks which highlight the scenery as well as sea birds and occasional kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and lizards found there.

Cape Nelson lighthouse VIC 1
By Gergely Csatari (IMG_5114Vilagitotony_optUploaded by berichard) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Within the park is the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, built of blue stone and completed in 1884. The lighthouse is open for tours (conducted daily at 11am and 2pm) and the keepers cottages are available as hired accommodation.