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 three main non-bookable camping areas with sites at Binn Beach, Gunnai Beach and Pearl Point. You don't need a booking to set up camp here - campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're looking for a bookable camping site, check out Banksia Bluff Campground.  

Binn Beach Campground

A small, remote campground, Binn Beach camping area is a private coastal retreat perfect for experiencing the maritime wildlife and restorative ocean surrounds.  Unwind amid the sounds of the waves and the calls of sea and bush birds. Follow a sandy track over the dunes to reach the beach, and take advantage of the excellent surf fishing.  The weather here tends to be good all year round, making it an excellent off-peak getaway. Peak times can be busy, and because there are no bookings available, latecomers might miss out on a campsite.  Be prepared to be self-sufficient at Binn Beach. The nearest toilets and shops are at Bemm River, 7km from the campground. 

  • 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 Campground

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.

 

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.
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.

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.

  • Banksia Bluff Campground

    Banksia Bluff Campground - closed to bookings Tues 16 July - Fri 16 August 2024

    Banksia Bluff Campground will be temporarily closed to bookings from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 16 August 2024 whilst a variety of works occur across the campground sites.
    There are a variety of other coastal campsites in the region, please search on the Parks Vic website for more options

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 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)

  • 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.

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