Camping returns to Cape Conran

Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Campers, surfers and swimmers are welcomed back to the Cape Conran Coastal Park these school holidays with the reopening of the campground and new boardwalk.

The Banksia Bluff campground and the boardwalk on to Salmon Rocks beach have been closed since bushfires swept through the park earlier this year, destroying many of the park’s facilities.

Interim facilities to support campers have been installed in the campground, as part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing bushfire recovery program to bring visitors back to the park and surrounding communities.

The new boardwalk, made from locally-sourced hardwood, spans forty metres to connect West Cape and the Salmon Rocks beach, providing access back to the beach.

Other recovery work is continuing with repairs to the campground’s toilet blocks, construction of beach access steps and the reinstatement of bore water and electricity supplies. Works will commence soon on the East Cape’s beach access steps and boardwalk.

The ongoing works at Cape Conran are supported by $7.15 million from the Victorian Government’s $110 million Eastern Victoria Fires 2019-20 State Recovery Plan and $9.5 million from insurance.

Visitors to parks and campers are reminded to follow physical distancing requirements, practise good hygiene by bringing a personal supply of hand sanitiser, and to stay home if you are feeling unwell. Campers to Banksia Bluff should bring a supply of firewood, BBQ gas and drinking water. 

For latest information on fire affected parks, visit: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/fire-affected-parks. Visitors to fire affected parks are reminded not to venture beyond open areas, to avoid potential hazards.

Quotes, attributed to Chris Corbell, Regional Director Eastern Region

“Cape Conran is loved by both locals and visitors, so we are pleased to be able to welcome more people back to East Gippsland as our bushfire recovery works continue.

We’d like to thank the community for their patience as we progress with these essential works, and although it will take time to rebuild and reopen parts of the park, the results are worth it.”


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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