Nature and Wildlife Tunnel Beach

Discover the magnificent sandstone arch and a secret tunnel through the rocks to the secluded beach where sea lions frequent.

No doubt one of the most evocative places in the world, where a magnificent sandstone arch sits amongst fossil-filled cliffs and caves. Follow the track downhill to the spectacular, rocky coastline and find the secret tunnel through the rock that gives Tunnel Beach its name.

In the 1870’s, John Cargill, excavated the tunnel down to a secluded beach so that his family could bathe in privacy away from the prying eyes of the locals in St Clair. The beach has massive sandstone boulders, mysterious graffiti carved into the cliffs and a dangerous rip that sadly drowned Cargill’s youngest daughter.

The 1 hour return journey (45 minutes for the fit ones) starts from the car park through private farm land, parts of the track can be steep. So take your time and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

Be sure to examine the rock in the tunnel for shell fragments and possibly a fossil of brachiopod shell or sea urchin, maybe even bones of an extinct whale.

Also be mindful of the local fur seals and sea lions who frequent the beach.

Duration:
1 hour
Fitness level:
Moderate
Entry:
Free
Facilities:
Portaloo
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