Cape Conran Coastal Park

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Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran 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.

Cape Conran Coastal Park is tucked away along Victoria's far-east Wilderness Coast. Camp among Banksias and Manna Gums alongside colourful New Holland Honeyeaters and inquisitive Lace Monitor goannas. The wild ocean beaches are perfect spots for beachcombing and, from May to October, look out for whales on their annual migration.

Choose from a range of camping options. From the remote Bemm River and Pearl Point to the main campground, Banksia Bluff which has toilets and bush showers.

The park is home to a charismatic cast of wildlife, including Victoria's biggest lizard, the Lace Monitor, Wombats, Southern Brown Bandicoots, Long-nosed Potoroos and birds such as the New Holland Honeyeater and White-bellied Sea Eagle.

See magnificent marine animals. Dolphins surfing in the waves, whales migrating from May to October and seals at Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary. Dive or snorkel at Joiner’s Channel or West Cape to see an amazing, diverse underwater ecosystem.

Stroll along the East Cape Boardwalk. Interpretive signs explain the Aboriginal history of the Cape.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Cape Conran Coastal Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things To Do

A women walks her dog into the campsite while another women prepares food as her son looks on.

Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff is a tranquil wooded campground where the peace is only broken by the dawn chorus and waves crashing. Set up camp among gum and banksia woodland and relax by the campfire. Camp with your dog on select sites.
A man carrying a surfboard walks through the shallow water at West Cape Beach at Cape Conran Coastal Park

Non-bookable camping at Cape Conran

To stay near the park's banksia woodlands and wild beaches, Cape Conran has three non-bookable campsites: Binn Beach, Gunnai Beach and Pearl Point. For bookable campsites, check out Banksia Bluff.
Two men cast fishing lines on a beach.

East Cape

East Cape is a good spot for a picnic offering gas barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a number of walks from the visitor area.
Two women stand-up paddle boarders paddle up the Yeerung River.

Yeerung Gorge

Yeerung Gorge - a jewel on the Cape - is a surprising landform that harbours some unusual vegetation associations and contains several deep dark rock pools fed by the babbling East Yeerung River.

Wildlife and Nature

 
Echidnas
Kangaroos
Lyrebirds
Wombats

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Cape Conran Coastal Park

When to go

The unspoilt beaches of Cape Conran married with the warmer weather of summer makes for perfect beachcombing conditions.
Make the most of beachside and water activities. Swim, snorkel to discover the unique marine life, go surfing or try your luck fishing.

Need to know

Cape Conran 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

    Binn Beach and Gunnai Beach campgrounds temporary closure

    The Binn Beach Campground and Gunnai Beach Campground have been closed for public safety until further notice. The long grass and encroaching vegetation, means itposes a significant hazard to visitors due to increased fire risk and increased risk of snake and tick bites. Due to risk of impact on cultural heritage material we need to close the site while we undertake regulatory planning and approvals. No mowing or ground disturbance can occur until then.  

    Ocean Beach and Py-Yoot Bay Day Visitor Areas and Pearl Point Day Visitor Area and Campground will remain open to the public and continue to be serviced by Parks Victoria. 
     

    Dog Friendly Parks

    The wet and warmer weather has brought paralysis ticks out in record numbers. Paralysis ticks are known in Coastal and near by Coastal areas and rainforest gullies.


    Keep your dog on lead in permitted parks


    Dogs are permitted in many parks and reserves provided they are under control and on leads at all times. Visitors should keep their dog on-lead except in designated off-lead areas. Keeping your dog on a lead ensures you both have a safe park visit.
    • Poison baits may be laid to control foxes or other feral animals. Baits can be fatal to dogs.
    • Even if your dog is friendly, other dogs may not be.
    • Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife.
    • Snake bites are a real risk in natural areas such as parks.
    • Wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas will defend themselves if threatened by a dog and can cause significant injury to or the death of your dog.

    Dog-friendly code of conduct

    • Consider other park users and ensure that dogs are always kept under effective control.
    • Always carry a lead, even when in off-lead areas.
    • Bring a friend if you wish to walk with more than two dogs.
    • Ensure children are supervised whilst near dogs, as they are vulnerable to attack.
    • Ensure your dog’s identification, registration and vaccinations are up to date.
    • Minimise any disturbance to native fauna, including birdlife in the park.
    • Clean up after your dog and take all rubbish home.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer

    Partial park closures will be in place during aerial shooting operations targeting deer in the following parks:
     
    Snowy River NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Croajingolong NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Cape Conran CP
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Bogong High Plains, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains and Feathertop
    29 April – 3 May 2024
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Eastern Alps, Tom Groggin
    11-15 November 2024
     
    Mt Buffalo National Park
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Visitors are advised to check the Change of conditions listing immediately prior to arrival for up to date information and maps.
     
    For more information about the program please visit this link..

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

  • Cape Conran Coastal Park

    Cowrie bay access closed

    Access to Cowrie bay from the Nature trail (eastern side - circled red on map) is closed until June 30th while track works are completed. 
     
    Cowrie bay can still be reached from the western side of the Nature trail (circled green on the map).

    Attachments: track log-PV87647 (40KB)

    Flood and storm related impacts to tracks and campgrounds

    • Pearl Point Rd between Bemm River township & Pearl Point - open - suitable for 4WD only.
    • East Yeerung Track – access via Yeerung bridge closed.  Access via Old Coast rd - open - suitable for 4WD only
    • Yeerung Bridge - open to pedestrians only
    • Swampy Ridges Track - closed
    • Hekarwe Track - closed
    • East Cape Boardwalk - closed for fire recovery rebuild

  • Dock Inlet Walk (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    Dock inlet camping coordinates

    Access to Dock Inlet Walk camping area from the beach can be identified from a white totem pole on the sand dune, or by the following coordinates: 
    Latitude -37.784001
    Longitude 148.847296

    Attachments: Dock Inlet Walk camping area coordinates and map (1,024KB)

  • Banksia Bluff Campground (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    Road Condition - Yeerung River Road

    Civil repairs along Yeerung Road are currently suspended while we undertake assessments to better support the protection of cultural heritage during works in the park and to better protect of cultural heritage in the long term.
    Yeerung Road remains open to vehicles. Drivers should adjust to the conditions, and be aware of potholes, rough and uneven surfaces.

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