With a well-equipped visitor area complete with picnic tables, gas barbecues and amenities, East Cape is a great place to take the family for a picnic with sparkling ocean views.
Down by the water, discover the rich marine life that call the intertidal rocks home. Stroll the 3.2km Cape Conran Nature Trail past white sandy beaches, rock pools, banksia woodlands and lookouts. Continue on to West Cape and Salmon Rocks Beach, which are popular for fishing, snorkelling and beautiful views from the lookout.
From the beach at East Cape, walk east for approximately 3km to the Yeerung River. There you can see a rock outcrop, and visit the rivermouth - a beautiful, safe spot for swimming in the estuary that's popular with kids and families.
Keep an eye out for birds and wildlife while you're there. Hooded Plovers, Oystercatchers, and Pacific Gulls all make their homes here. You might even be lucky enough to see a seal sunning itself on the sand.
Twice a year, in late autumn and then again in late winter and spring, Humpback Whales make their migrations past the beach. Watch for their spouts passing by. Or see if you can spot the rarer Southern Right Whales, who can sometimes be seen lolling just beyond the surf break.
While you're looking out to sea, you should be able to spot a hump of rock about 4km offshore (often mistaken for a whale!). That's the Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary, home to shipwrecks from the late 1800s as well as plentiful seals, sponges, corals, and fish. It's an excellent spot for diving - just remember that while you can fish from the beach, marine sanctuaries are no-take zones.
Things To Do
How to get there
Cape Conran Coastal Park in East Gippsland is approximately 420km east of Melbourne and 530km south of Sydney.
Cape Conran can be reached via the Princes Highway by turning off at Cabbage Tree Creek or via Orbost and Marlo to the west. The eastern section of the park can be reached by turning off the highway east of Cabbage Tree Creek to Bemm River.
Need to know
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 Parks
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deerPartial park closures will be in place during aerial shooting operations targeting deer in the following parks:Snowy River NP18-22 March 202425-29 March 202416-20 September 20249-13 December 2024Croajingolong NP18-22 March 202425-29 March 202416-20 September 20249-13 December 2024Cape Conran CP16-20 September 20249-13 December 2024Alpine National Park – Bogong High Plains, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains and Feathertop29 April – 3 May 202418-22 November 2024Alpine National Park – Eastern Alps, Tom Groggin11-15 November 2024Mt Buffalo National Park18-22 November 2024Visitors 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 deerControl 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 closedAccess 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
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
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.
Dock Inlet Walk (Cape Conran Coastal Park)
Dock inlet camping coordinatesAccess 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 -37.784001Longitude 148.847296
Attachments: Dock Inlet Walk camping area coordinates and map (1,024KB)
Banksia Bluff Campground (Cape Conran Coastal Park)
Road Condition - Yeerung River RoadCivil 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.