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.

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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. Or if you are an experienced diver, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary hides three shipwrecks and a colourful underwater world.

At Banksia Bluff Campground there is a mixture of unpowered dog friendly and non-dog friendly campsites. Refer to the campground map below to see which areas are suitable if you wish to bring your furry canine camping, please note that your dog must be on a leash at all times. Campfires are permitted on selected sites and must be within a fire ring.

Flushing toilets and an outdoor cold shower is available.

Things to do in the area

Two women share a coffe on the deck of the Cape Conran Cabins.

Banksia Bluff Cabins

Cape Conran has timber cabins overlooking sandy beaches that offer family and group accommodation, designed for comfortable but basic living. Local timbers have been used to give each cabin a character of its own. One is specially designed to accommodate people with disabilities. Each cabin sleeps up to eight people. All have pot bellied stoves for heating.
Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.

Gunnai Beach Campground

This is a small, remote campground that is best suited to walkers or those hiking the Wilderness Coast Walk. It has easy access via a sandy track over the dunes to the beach.
A man carrying a surfboard walks through the shallow water at West Cape Beach at Cape Conran Coastal Park

East Cape Beach

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.

How to get there

Banksia Bluff Campground

Cape Conran Coastal Park is approximately 5-hours drive east of Melbourne. To access Banksia Bluff Campground, follow the Princes Highway East before turning onto Marlo Road at Orbost. At Marlo, turn onto Marlo-Conran Road which leads directly to Banksia Bluff Campground.

Sites

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Visitor and camping information

  • What is open?

    Banksia Bluff campground

    There are limited campsites available from 19 September with no onsite office or shop facilities. It will be necessary to BYO firewood, gas and water. All campsites need to be pre-booked online.

    Access and availability may be impacted by public health measures, we will keep you updated on any changes.

    The 2020-21 summer ballot is currently on hold, pending further advice.

    East Cape, West Cape and Yeerung Day Visitor Areas
    • The East Cape Day Visitor Area is open.
    • The West Cape Day Visitor area, Conran boat ramp, Salmon Rocks lookout and toilets and Salmon Rocks to West Cape path are open.
    • The Yeerung Day Visitor Area including canoe launch, look out, beach access and Yeerung Gorge Walk is open.

  • How do I make a booking?
    Bookings are currently restricted to regional Victorians and must be made online, in advance. With limited sites available, the demand is expected to be high. Bookings are on a first in, first served basis. 
  • What do I need to know and bring?

    Visitors and campers are reminded to follow physical distancing requirements, practice good hygiene by bringing a personal supply of hand sanitiser, and to stay home if you are feeling unwell. 

    Toilet facilities will be available at the campground. There will be no powered campsites available. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable or not available in most areas.

    There will be no shop or booking office, so it is important to BYO all your camping supplies including firewood, gas bottles and water. 

    It is illegal to collect firewood in the park. There will be no tap water available at the campground. The closest shopping precinct is at Marlo or Orbost.

  • What do I do upon arrival?

    Upon arrival, campers must stop at the Information Point for site familiarisation and emergency information. As sites are not pre-allocated, proceed to the campground and select a vacant site.

    Booking permits must be displayed at your camp during the length of stay.

  • Can I have a campfire?
    Campfires are permitted on sites within a provided campfire ring. Please ensure you understand campfire regulations and keep up to date with fire bans by visiting www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Dogs are permitted in the campground subject to booking a dog friendly campsite. Dogs must always be on a lead to comply with park regulations and to protect native animals and sensitive revegetation areas.
  • How do I keep up to date with changing conditions?

    Parks conditions can change at short notice. Check our website for the latest park information before you arrive.

    Visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au for up to date information. 

  • What will the Banksia Bluff Campground camping experience be like?

    The layout of the campground will be the same, however campsites will be more open, as they are no longer nestled within dense bush.

    With the removal of hazardous tress and understory damaged by the fire, tree cover will be minimal. With less vegetation, ocean views may be more prominent.

    Many species of trees found in the Cape Conran landscape like the Banksia and Hakea species that respond well to fire, will have released their seeds to allow regeneration. Heathlands and the large grass tree stands will be flowering and providing nectar for the birds and fauna during these spring months.

    Fauna returning to the bushfire-impacted areas of the park are kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, lace monitors, possums and various bird species.

    Exclusion areas will be in place to protect future regeneration.

  • What do I need to do to respect Cape Conran Coastal Park when visiting?
    It is important to observe signs that have been installed for visitor safety and not go into fenced or closed areas. Closed areas are unsafe due to tree risk and asset damage. Do not feed native animals. Comply with campfire safety regulations and only have fires in designated fire places.

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.

Camping & accommodation

 Set up camp among mahogany gum and banksia woodland and explore the unique coastal playground.

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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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Cape Conran Coastal Park closures due to fire

    Due to widespread bushfire damage, the following areas of Cape Conran Coastal Park are closed for safety reasons:

    • Banksia Bluff Cabins
    • East Cape Boardwalk

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Deer control operation underway

    Deer control (ground shooting) is being undertaken in this park between September and December 2020, to protect native species impacted by bushfires. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.

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