Calcified Forest

30 min to 45 min

1.7 km
return

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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 were 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 carpark 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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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-40.1038448,143.8874185)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Main Street, B25
  • Turn on to Meech Street then drive for 240 m
  • Turn right onto George Street and drive for another 155 m
  • Turn left onto Edward Street, B25 and drive for another 4.5 km
  • Turn right onto Old Grassy Road, C201 and drive for another 1.9 km
  • Continue onto South Road and drive for another 21.8 km
  • Turn right onto Seal Rocks Road and drive for another 2.8 km
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Track Notes
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Start.
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the water tap (25 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 550 m continue straight, to head along Calcified Forest Walk.
Continue another 135 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 860 m to get back to the start.
"Calcified Forest".
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Calcified Forest


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.7 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 175 m from the start.


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ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
175 m[toilet]
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