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Eagles Nest, Inverloch

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 17th 2022
Eagles Nest will rock you

Arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Inverloch is only eight kilometres from the town centre along Cape Patterson Road. It' is Eagles Nest, a rock formation visible from afar as you approach it from several locations.

eagles nest sign
As you enter the car park.

Coming from Inverloch, some good views can be had just before reaching the Eagles Nest car park.

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The view as you approach the car park.


Eagles Nest
A closer view.

A reasonably sized off-road car park caters for visitors. Nearby is an open information structure.

Car park at Eagles Nest.
The car park and information shelter.

There is a series of 130 wooden steps down to the beach (yes, I countered them). It's a slow walk down as one is compelled to stop frequently to admire the views as you descend.

Steps to Eagles Nest.
The steps and the view heading to the beach.

At sea level, a different perspective of Eagles Nest is seen. There is something special about being at sea level at the base of towering cliffs. At low tide, Eagles Nest can be reached over many rocks.

Eagles Nest
It looks bigger from sea level.

Footprints in the sand and washed-up shells add to this feeling. Footprints are the only thing you should leave there.

Footprint and shell on beach.
Sand detail.

The steps up from the beach are still 130, but it feels like a lot more.

Cliff steps.
Only five more to go.

There is another short path to view Eagles Nest ending with a cliff-top viewing platform. Along this path were many acacia bushes.

The cliff top walk to viewing platform.
The cliff top walk to viewing platform.


Acacia bush.
Acacia bush.


Steps to Eagles Nest.
Will I or won't I.

At the start of this path, several small birds were evident flittering through low bushes. A southern yellow robin paused long enough for a couple of photos. I was unable to identify the other small brown bird which preferred the grass. I also caught a fleeting glimpse of a blue wren.

Southern yellow robin.
Southern yellow robin.


small bird
The small unidentified bird.

As I arrived at the car park I saw several people in an elevated position staring at what I assumed was Eagles Nest. When I joined them, Eagles Nest was not in sight. I then saw the display board that proclaimed it as a whale watching site.

Whale watchers.
Whale watchers.

The view of Eagles Nest from the west at Shack Beach is spectacular, while from the east from atop Townsends Bluff its distinctive shape is evident, even though it is about ten kilometres away.

Eagles Nest from Shack Beach.


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Eagles Nest from Townsends Bluff.

Eagles Nest may be THE attraction of Inverloch, but there is a lot more to see.
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Where: Eagles Nest, Inverloch.
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Your Comment
I see you've been enjoying the scenery in my neck of the woods, Neil.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9635) 24 days ago
Wonderful photos of another Inverloch must see! Thanks Neil.
by don_t (score: 1|72) 24 days ago
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