Bunurong Marine National Park

Bunurong Marine National Park

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Bunurong Marine National Park

Bunurong Marine National Park (2,046 ha) is located on the Bass Strait coastline between Inverloch and Wonthaggi. While somewhat protected by King Island on the western edge of Bass Strait the park is regularly exposed to strong south-westerly swells from the Southern Ocean.  

The park has extensive intertidal sandstone rock platforms  with pink coralline algae, barnacles, and many molluscs, as well as large areas covered by the beaded algae Neptune's Necklace. Rockpools on the platforms provide a glimpse of marine life beyond the shore with kelp and fish often present in deeper pools.  The park has the highest diversity of intertidal and shallow subtidal invertebrate fauna in eastern Victoria. 

The subtidal rocky reefs which extend several kilometres from the shore are quite different to those in other parts of Victoria with shallow subtidal reefs rich in species of red and brown algae lacking the more typical kelp species of Golden Kelp and Crayweed.   

A multitude of more unusual plants and animals flourish in a rich underwater 'gardens' of seaweeds, with an abundance of brightly coloured sea-stars, feather stars, crabs, large marine snails, and many smaller animals.  Around the rocks at Eagles Nest and Twin Reefs groups of Port Jackson Sharks rest under the ledges, while Southern Rock Lobsters can be seen in the crevices, and Zebra Fish, Sweep and Blue-throated Wrasse dart about amongst the kelp. 

Further offshore beds of an ancient group of  coralline red algae known as Rhodoliths,  comprising pink unattached calcareous nodules, have been mapped.  

A number of marine species have only been recorded from the Bunurong area or reach their eastern distributional limits within the park. The park is also home to 31 conservation listed sea birds and shorebirds.  

Things To Do

 

Snorkelling and diving in Bunurong

Many areas of the park are great for experienced snorkellers and divers. The park can be challenging to get to for boats, but locations including Eagles Nest and Shack Bay provide access to the water for divers from the shoreline.

Rockpooling in Bunurong

Visit the intertidal rock platforms within an hour or so of low tide to see the greatest variety of marine animals and plants. Please be aware that the beaches may be dangerous. Always observe warning signs or seek local advice if in doubt.

Boating in Bunurong

To explore further offshore in Bunurong Marine National Park, you will need a boat and boat launching facilities are available at Inverloch.
A man sits on a chair while fishing at Powlett River

Fishing at Yallock Bulluk

Fishing is permitted within the adjacent Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park but prohibited within the boundaries of Bunurong Marine National Park.

Wildlife

Seals
Dolphins
Fish
Weedy Seadragon

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How to get there

Bunurong Marine National Park

Bunurong Marine National Park is located 140km southeast of Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway and neighbours the Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park.  

When to go

This section of coast is very popular for beach goers, surfers, and snorkellers during the summer months with an average surface water temperature of 17.5°C.

During late August to March the Hooded Plover, one of Victoria’s most threatened bird species, breeds on the beaches of the Bunurong Marine National Park so please give them space when using the beach. 

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Bunurong Marine National Park

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