Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

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Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Bay of Islands Coastal Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The wild Southern Ocean has carved a stunning collection of rock stacks and sheltered bays with clifftop walks, scenic lookouts and small beach coves near Peterborough along the Great Ocean Road.

Perhaps overshadowed by the Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles down the road, the Bay of Islands Coastal Park offers just equally spectacular experience without the crowds.

Peterborough is a secret summer destination for many Victorian visitors escaping the busier sections of the Great Ocean Road to the east. The extra distance from Melbourne as well as more remote access means there are far fewer tourists than the nearby Port Campbell National Park.

Bay of Islands beach on Boat Bay Road is one the best spots along the coastline to easily launch a sea kayak and explore the park.

Dogs are welcome on lead at Sandy Cove near Murnanes Bay, but need to kept well away from the area between the high tide marks and edge of the dunes that are home to Hooded Plovers's nests.

The park’s small beaches are not patrolled. Parks Victoria does not recommend them for swimming.

Things To Do

The beaches and dunes through out the Bay of Islands Coastal Park is home to the much loved yet threatened Hooded Plover. Rufous Bristlebirds are also endemic to the coastal heath and shrublands above the famous cliffs, and you're likely to see wallabies as well.

Between May and October Southern Right Whales are often observed offshore at Peterborough.

Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.

Fishing

In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple walk along the beach at Gibson Steps.

Port Campbell National Park

The wild Southern Ocean has carved the Port Campbell National Park coastline into formations that are famous the world over - and earned it the nickname of the Shipwreck Coast.
Three friends take a break from their walk to take a photo of a Kangaroo who is equally watching them.

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,
Clifftop view from Peterborough in the Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Peterborough Walk

A wonderful cliff top trail from Peterborough Golf Course through to Halladale Point.

 

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

The park continues on from the Port Campbell National Park at Peterborough and extends through to Warrnambool. The visitor areas for the park occur in the Peterborough area. The Bay of Islands Coastal Park is around 400km from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road and about 670km from Adelaide.

When to go

Have a picnic and enjoy a safe swim at the Peterborough estuary. There are plenty of birdwatching opportunities with countless shorebirds at any of the coves.

Camping & accommodation

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Need to know

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Stay safe this summer around beaches

    Beaches may have hazards such as steep cliffs, slippery rocks, strong ocean currents, large waves, rips, and sudden changes in weather conditions. Stay safe on your day at the beach by only swimming where there are lifeguards and by staying in between the red and yellow flags. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Always wear a lifejacket whenever boating, rock fishing, or using a watercraft.

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