Calcified Forest

30 min to 45 min

1.7 km

↑ 20 m
↓ -20 m

Easy track
Starting from the end of Seal Rocks Road in Surprise Bay, King Island, this walk leads to the Calcified Forest and back via the Calcified Forest Track. The walking track is contained within fences, and leads to a viewing platform from where you can see artistic stony remnants of a forest long gone, with the distant sea as a backdrop. The strangely shaped limestone features known as the Calcified Forest was formed when calcium carbonate adhered to the deep roots of coastal vegetation, and have been exposed when the surrounding sand has blown away. The path is a mixture of gravel, sand and dirt, and starts off as a gentle walk through shady bush accompanied by the songs of birds. Along the way, there's an information board where you can learn more about the history and geology of the area. There is a shaded picnic area and toilet facilities available at the car park at the beginning of the track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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