Calcified Forest

Calcified Forest, King Island: Address, Calcified Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

Calcified Forest
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westy54
Sydney, Australia7,367 contributions
Feb 2022
The Calcified Forest is comprised of hundreds of unusually shaped limestone features sticking up in a large otherwise sandy area. According to the notice boards these formed after calcium carbonate stuck to the roots of coastal plants and trees and were exposed when the sand was subsequently blown away.

The Calcified Forest is located in the South West corner of the island about a 40 minute (32 klms) drive from Currie on mainly gravel roads. Once you have reached the car park, where there are picnic and toilet facilities, it is a 630 metre walk on a mainly compacted earth path to the viewing platform. The path has some gentle hills but is an easy walk. There are a few steps up to the viewing platform.

Whilst it was interesting and I was pleased that I saw it, I’m not sure it is a must see given the drive required to get there from Currie.

If you do go there though, drive about an extra 1-2 klms to the lookout at Seal Rocks which is perched high above the cliffs. Didn’t see any seals and don’t know if there are any there, but it was a wildly beautiful part of the coastline with the ocean slamming against the rocks.
Written 8 May 2022
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,055 contributions
Mar 2022
What an experience: out of this world!
An amazing story of time from long ago.
Fascinating reading of the manner in which these relics were formed.
Overwhelming!!
Written 8 April 2022
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia344 contributions
Mar 2022 • Business
It was well worth the drive and then 1.5km return walk to this windswept landscape. The Calcified Forest was most interesting. An interpretive board gave all necessary information.
Written 23 March 2022
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Debbie L
Brisbane, Australia61 contributions
Jan 2022
A short walk from the car park and a total surprise when reaching the forest. Great display and explanation boards. Worth the drive to the south western tip of King Island.
Written 25 January 2022
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geyser2019
Hobart, Australia14 contributions
Jan 2022
Interesting - walk through a rainforest and come out in the desert! Looks like a miniature Sahara except you can see the sea in the background. Fascinating.
Written 7 January 2022
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Greg B
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
Nov 2021
I saw it and don’t understand the science but still a great experience, lots of dead trees that have fallen apart….my mate thought it was unbelievable….
Written 3 November 2021
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Phillip C
Samford, Australia35 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Amazing! A must see!
A short walk (600 metres) in to the Forrest to reach.
Well and truly worth the time and effort to view!
Written 2 November 2021
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Radarz
Melbourne, Australia358 contributions
Jun 2021
Something different and worth the drive. Gravel road all the way in but the road was in good repair. Dont be put off by the roads
Written 28 June 2021
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Terrigaltraveller
Brisbane, Australia211 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
About half an hour return walk through shaded forest to an expanse called calcified forest. Overlooks rugged coastline and we spotted an elephant seal
Written 25 April 2021
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David W
21 contributions
Mar 2021
This is something quite different - a nice ramble through bushland, and then you reach the 'forest', which has an excellent explanation board.
Written 22 March 2021
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