Banksia Bluff Campground

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Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff is a tranquil wooded campground where the peace is only broken by dawn chorus and waves crashing off Bass Strait. Set up camp among mahogany gum and banksia woodland and explore the unique coastal playground. 

Banksia Bluff Campground is perfect for families wanting to escape the big smoke and get a taste for nature. Set among mahogany and banksia woodland, the beautiful campground backs onto the wild Southern Ocean.

Relax at camp or explore on foot. Follow the Estuary view trail and take in the rich diversity of flora and fauna found in the lower reaches of the Yeerung River or the Cape Conran Nature Trail highlights white sandy beaches, rock pools, boardwalks, banksia woodlands and Aboriginal history of the coast.

If you're a keen angler, bring your fishing gear and cast a line off West Cape. Salmon, flathead and gummy sharks are plentiful. For the experienced diver, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary hides three shipwrecks and a colourful underwater world.

Banksia Bluff Campground offers unpowered dog friendly and non-dog friendly campsites. Refer to the campground map and campsite selection guide to see which areas and sites are suitable to your equipment and book a dog-friendly site if you’d like to camp with your furry friend. Please note that your dog must be on a lead at all times. Campfires are permitted on select sites within the provided campfire ring. Bore water on tap is not suitable for consumption so bring your own water. Flushing toilets and outdoor cold showers are available.

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Things to do in the area

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.

How to get there

Banksia Bluff Campground

Cape Conran Coastal Park is in East Gippsland approximately 420km east of Melbourne and 530km south of Sydney. When travelling from the west along the Princess Highway, take the Orbost exit and follow the signs through Marlo and on to the park. From the east, turn off the Princess Highway at Cabbage Tree Creek Road and follow the road on towards Banksia Bluff Campground.

Sites

Banksia Bluff Campground

The unspoilt beaches of Cape Conran married with the warmer weather of summer makes for perfect beachcombing conditions.

Just off the coast of Cape Conran Coastal Park, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary hides some over 1000 fish species, three shipwrecks and colourful underwater ecosystems. Experienced divers, head to Beware Reef to see this unique underwater world for yourself.

Need to know

Banksia Bluff Campground

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.

  • Banksia Bluff Campground

    Campsites in Loop E + F closed to bookings June 2024

    Banksia Bluff Campground campsites in Loop E + F will be closed to bookings across June 2024, whilst essential tree works and maintenance are undertaken.

    Campsites in Loop A + B - closed to bookings May 2024

    Bluff Campground campsites in Loop A + B will be closed to bookings across May 2024, whilst essential tree works and maintenance are undertaken.

  • Cape Conran Coastal Park: Cabins (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    CAPE CONRAN COASTAL PARK ROOFED ACCOMMODATION

    Parks Victoria is replacing and upgrading the lost accommodation to create enhanced accommodation options for visitors of diverse backgrounds and abilities at the park. For updates please visit the Project status page.


  • Cape Conran Coastal Park

    Pearl Point Road closed for roadworks

    Pearl Point Road will be closed to the public between the 27th of May and 30th of June 2024 for essential roadworks.

    Binn Beach, Gunnai Beach and Pearl Point campgrounds and Ocean Beach and Py-yoot Bay day visitor areas will be inaccessible during this time and will also be closed.

    Attachments: Map - Road and Campground Closures (27 May - 30 June 2024) (256KB)

    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 vehicle tracks

    Conditions apply to the following vehicle tracks due to damage caused by flood and storm events.
    • Pearl Point Road - between Bemm River township and Pearl Point is currently open to 4WD vehicles only.
    • East Yeerung Track - accessible only to 4WD vehicles via Old Coast Road.  Yeerung River Bridge is closed.

  • Palm's Track (Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve)

    Palm Track Road Repairs

    ROAD CLOSURES

    The following roads will be closed to all traffic and public visitors from the 13th to the 31st of May while extensive road works are being completed

     - PALM TRACK - between Morse Ridge Trk to Marlo-Cabbage Tree Rd
    This will include the Palm Creek Walking Track and Day Visitor Area

     - ALEXANDER CREEK TRACK - from Alexander Crk Trk West to East at Palm Track Intersection

    Please be mindful of tracks and large machinery in the Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve if you are visiting the area





  • 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    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.

  • 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)

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