Town Profile : Nelson

Post Number: 65

After being pummelled by the elements at Cape Bridgewater, we arrived in Nelson at lunchtime.  We stopped at the information centre, chatted with the lovely lady inside and learnt that most of the campsites in Lower Glenelg National Forest were taken and if we wanted to stay there, we’d need to pay $21 a night and backtrack about 20km.  We decided that the only direction we wanted to go in was forward so she suggested Dry Creek rest area, which was just over the South Australian border.


After getting the local goss, we wandered over to Bridge Park with our picnic bag full of fruit that we needed to eat before crossing the border due to quarantine laws.  There were five banana and three peaches and thus the peanut butter fruit wrap was invented!  Some travellers came over to our food preparation area to use the onsite BBQs and we got chattin’.  A real nice bunch of people from Hamilton who were taking their big Fat Lab for a walk on the beach.


Nelson is the last town on the South West coast of Victoria and is an honorary member of the SA Limestone Coast.  It was established in 1851 and is named after the Lady Nelson, the ship of Lieutenant James Grant.

Points of Interest

Bridge Park

Located right next door to the information centre, Bridge Park has everything you need for a quick pit stop.  Public toilets, a tap, sheltered BBQs and picnic tables with a view of the Glenelg River.


The Estuary

Located at the mouth of the Glenelg River, the estuary is a wide, flat area of shallow waters, perfect for fishing.  You can troll the beach for pippies and check out the coastal walks.


Piccaninnie Ponds

About 8km west of Nelson over the South Australian border is Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park.  The ponds were formed by water filtering through the limestone over thousands of years to create clear blue ponds that are perfect for snorkelling or cave diving.  For safety’s sake, if you want to dive into the caves, you need to have a diving certification at sinkhole level and be a member of the Cave Diving Association of Australia.


The view from the beach is great too, and looking back over the landscape revealed the remnants of a fire, with one side of the road lush and green while the other side is black and twisted.  There was a coastal walk to a viewing platform but it was overgrown.  When Juz found remains of a tiger snake, we decided that if we got bitten, we were going to have a bad time, so we went back to the car.




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