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.
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.