Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve


Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve

Belfast 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.

Popular all year round with dog walkers, birdwatchers and ocean anglers who enjoy the 20km stretch of sandy beaches, grassy dunes and thriving wetlands right on the doorstep of Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

This coastline is alive with activity. Belfast Coastal Reserve has attracted people for thousands of years to its freshwater wetlands, sandy beaches, grassy sheltered dunes, rocky outcrops and in-shore rocky reefs and rockpools.

Stretching from Port Fairy to Warrnambool the reserve is very popular with locals and wildlife all year round and gets extra busy in summers water activity holiday periods. Buzzing with shorebird-watchers who flock to this sandy strip of land, unique to Victoria’s parks. It is home to several endangered wildlife species including Hooded Plovers and Oyster Catchers; all sharing beaches with dog-walkers, joggers, anglers, surfers, swimmers, horse-riders and birdwatchers.

Things To Do

A man walks his dog along the beach at Belfast Coastal Reserve

Dog walking in Belfast Coastal Reserve

Exercising and exploring the wild beaches of Belfast Coastal Reserve with your dog is a fun and popular pastime enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. To encourage sharing the beach fairly and safely, and ensure that the wild nature of the coast is protected, special regulations apply.
Hooded plovers and chick on the sand at Belfast Coastal Reserve

Birdwatching in Belfast Coastal Reserve

Belfast Coastal Reserve is known for it's abundance of shore birds. Over 20 species of shore bird visit the reserve, but of note are Hooded Plovers, the smallest and other most vulnerable beach-nesting birds.
A man in a red wetsuit and a women with the top half of her wetsuit undone follow two men in to the surf on the Morning Peninsula.


Learn to surf from beaches dotted along the coast or for experienced boarders ride the ultimate wave at ocean back beaches or famous Bells Beach.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.


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.


Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve

The reserve adjoins Warrnambool City and extends 20km to Port Fairy.

The main visitor areas are accessed off the Princess Highway A1. Warrnambool is 256km from Melbourne on the Princes Highway or Great Ocean Road and approximately 600km from Adelaide.

When to go

Summer brings holiday makers, birds and people, seeking sun, sand and surf. Junior Ranger activity programs explore and discover the natural treasures of the reserve.

Need to know

Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve

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