Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

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Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds.

A great park for water activities - enjoy swimming, diving, boating, fishing or rock pooling. Experience the park by foot on the self-guided Cape Conran Nature Trail or the magnificent Dock Inlet and Pearl Point day walks.

Cape Conran Coastal Park is home to many non bookable campsites as well as the bookable sites at Banksia Bluff Campground.  

Binn Beach 

Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes. 

Access: Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the site. The nearest toilets and shops are 7kms from the campground at Bemm River.

Campsites: There are five sites available, set in coastal tea-tree on sandy soil.

 

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.

Access: Cape Conran Coastal Park is located 18km east of the township of Marlo. Gunnai Beach campground is accessed via Bemm River along the unsealed Pearl Point Road.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Campsites: There are 2 unpowered campsites available.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the site. The nearest toilets and shops are 7km away at Bemm River.

Water: No drinking water supplied – supply your own.

Campfire: Only allowed in designated fireplaces – supply your own wood.

Rubbish: There is no rubbish collection at this campground, please take all rubbish with you.

Pearl Point

Pearl Point features spectacular sedimentary rock formations, rolling sand dunes and an abundance of seabirds and sea life. It is a popular spot for surf fishing. Pearl Point campground has easy access to Pearl Point beach via stairs. There is a 25km return walk from East Cape to Pearl Point. This walk is only for the more energetic as it can be a difficult due to the soft beach sand

Access: Cape Conran Coastal Park is located 18km west of the small township of Marlo. Pearl Point is accessed via Bremm River along the unsealed Pearl Point Road.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Campsites: There are 4 unpowered campsites available.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the campsite. The nearest toilets and shops are 12km away at Bemm River.

Campfire: Only allowed in designated fireplaces – supply your own wood.


Campfire guidelines

  • Light fires only in the fireplaces provided or use a portable camping stove instead
  • Ensure fires are never left unattended and are completely out before you leave
  • During summer and autumn Total Fire Bans are common - this means no open fires can be lit
  • For information on Total Fire Bans call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667
 

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.
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.
Three women on stand-up paddle boards paddle up the Yeerung River.

Pearl Point

Pearl Point features spectacular sedimentary rock formations, rolling sand dunes and an abundance of seabirds and sea life. It is a popular spot for surf fishing. Pearl Point Campground has easy access to Pearl Point Beach via stairs.
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.
A koala sitting in a tree at French Island National Park.

Binn Beach and Camping Area

Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes.
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.

How to get there

Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park is located in far east Gippsland, approximately 420kms east of Melbourne and 530kms 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.

Sites

Need to know

Camping in 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.

  • West Cape (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    Cape Conran boat ramp upgrade - closure information

    Located 15km east of the township of Marlo and part of Cape Conran Coastal Park, the boat ramp at West Cape is a popular boating and fishing destination. It provides the only direct ocean access between Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota and is a key access point to the nearby Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary.
     
    Better Boating Victoria are funding $2.79 million worth of upgrades to the boat ramp at Cape Conran. While work is undertaken at the site, the boat ramp will be
     
    Closed to all users from Monday 12 September until Saturday 10 December 2022
     
    During this period, commercial, recreational, and emergency service boat users are advised that the closest ocean access ramps are at either Mallacoota to the east or Lakes Entrance to the west.

    The Victorian Government investment at Cape Conran boat ramp will make it cheaper, easier, and more accessible for all Victorians to enjoy time on the water. Key features of the upgrade include:

    ·      Increasing the jetty by 21m to provide additional berthing space
    ·      Steepening the gradient of the single-lane ramp to bring it in-line with current standards and to minimise accumulation of sand and kelp
    ·      Marking areas of hazardous rock to improve navigation and safety
    ·      Construction of a new concreate apron at the top of the ramp
    ·      Installation of a convex mirror to provide a view of the ramp before vehicles towing trailers commit to turning onto the ramp apron
    ·      Construction of a retaining wall to protect vehicles and Aboriginal cultural heritage from collision
     
    The Boating Victoria ramp finder web cam allows those interested in the site to follow the progress of the ramp upgrade. Once completed, the ramp will have increased berthing capacity, easier launch and retrieval capability, and protection of cultural heritage.
     
     

  • Cape Conran Coastal Park

    This park has been impacted by recent significant weather events

    This park has been impacted by significant flood and/or storm events and some areas may be closed or restricted. Check the Storm and Flood Affected Parks page for the most up to date information on this location.

    Yeerung River Road - Road Works, 12th of December 2022

    Road works along Yeerung River Road are scheduled for the 12th of December 2022.  Visitors to Banksia Bluff Campground and Yeerung River Estuary can expect delays.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    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

    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 this Park from December 2022 to June 2023.  The Park will remain open to visitors.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

  • 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.

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