Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff Campground

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.

Please read the below visitor and camping information prior to booking your stay.

Please note: bookings are not available from 8 May to 18 May 2023 to allow essential fire recovery works to be safely completed across the campground.

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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. For the 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 to see which areas are suitable if you wish to bring your furry canine camping, and select a dog friendly campsite when booking. Please note that your dog must be on a lead at all times. Campfires are permitted on selected sites and must be within a fire ring.

Flushing toilets and outdoor cold showers are available.

Things to do in the area

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 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.

  • Cape Conran Coastal Park

    Flood and storm related impacts to tracks and campgrounds

    • Pearl Point Rd between Pearl Point and Bemm River - open but only 4WD access to the following locations
      • Binn Beach campground
      • Pearl Point campground
      • Gunnai Beach campground
      • Py Yoot visitor area
    • Yeerung Lookout - closed
    • East Yeerung Track - closed at Yeerung Bridge and is suitable for 4WD only
    • Yeerung Bridge - open to pedestrians only 
    • Swampy Ridges Track - closed
    • Hekarwe Track - closed west of Swampy Ridges Track
    • East Cape Boardwalk - closed for fire recovery rebuild

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Banksia Bluff Accommodation

    The new Banksia Bluff Accommodation is currently under planning and works. During this time Banksia Bluff Accommodation and Olive-Berry Lodge remain closed to bookings. An announcement of a release date for future bookings will be posted on the website.

     

    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.

  • Banksia Bluff Campground (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    Banksia Bluff Campground - bookings 8 May to 18 May 2023

    Bookings at Banksia Bluff Campground will not be available from 8 May to 18 May 2023 to allow essential fire recovery works to be safely completed across the campground.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in this Park from December 2022 to June 2023.  The park will remain open for visitors during ground shooting operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these Parks from December 2022 to June 2023.
     
    Some access restrictions may apply. Please observe local signage.

    Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)
    Buchan Caves Reserve
    Burrowa-Pine Mountain
    Cape Conran Coastal Park
    Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    Errinundra National Park
    Howitt-Wellington Plains
    Lake Tyers State Park
    Mount Baw Baw National Park
    Mount Buffalo National Park
    Mount Mittamatite Regional Park
    Mount Mitta Mitta Flora Reserve
    Mount Lawson State Park
    Mount Granya State Park
    Mountain Creek Education Area
    Pheasant Creek Flora Reserve
    Wabba Wilderness Park
    Wilsons Promontory National Park

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