Things To See and Do
Cape Woolamai: located at the tip of the island’s
south-eastern peninsula, directly south of Newhaven. The turnoff into
Woolamai Rd is on the left, 3 km west of the Newhaven bridge. It leads
to a carpark at Woolamai Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Woolamai Beach
faces out to Bass Strait on the western side of the peninsula. It is
considered one of the island’s best surfing beaches but it is
known for its strong rips and currents so be sure to stay between the
flags when swimming. Behind the beach, and to its south, is the Cape
Woolamai State Faunal Reserve which features some dry coast scrub and
some spectacular and rugged coastal scenery. The rocks of Cape Woolamai
are home to around one million short-tailed shearwaters, otherwise
known as mutton birds.
The Colonnades: At the
northern end of Woolamai Rd there is a turnoff which heads south-west
to The Colonnades – an unusual rock formation resembling organ
pipes on the cliff face. It is best seen at low tide. You can also take
a walk to the site by heading north from the Woolamai Surf Beach
carpark along the western edge of the peninsula.
Fishing: Anglers can dangle a line off the jetty. They will find plenty
of squid, snapper, channel whiting, gummy shark, flathead, King George
whiting, flounder, Australian salmon, garfish, trevally and pike about.
There is an all-tide boat ramp and a slipway. Fishing trips and boat
charter services are offered by Flytrek Australia (tel: 03 5952 5300)
and T-Cat Fishing Charters, tel: (0409) 504 974.
The Pinnacles Walk (4 km return) heads south from the shelter at the
beach carpark along the western edge of the peninsula past some
offshore rock formations known as The Pinnacles. The Cape Woolamai
Granite Quarry Loop is a longer walk (8 km return) which also takes in
the Pinnacles and the highest point on the island (109 metres) from
whence there are excellent views. It passes Gull Island, offshore, and
a secluded cove which was once a granite quarry employing 300 people.
At the quarry wooden pegs were hammered into the rocks. These would
swell when wet, thus cracking the rock.