Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)


Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Tatungalung Country

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

Explore the west of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, from the popular lakeside village of Loch Sport to the small coastal town of Seaspray. Traverse the tranquil waters of the coastal lagoons, scramble over sand dunes at Ninety Mile Beach, stay at lakeside or beachside campsites, and explore trails.

Launch your boat, kayak or canoe from Hollands Landing to access McLennan Strait, a gently flowing channel that connects Lake Victoria to Lake Wellington. A vast area of wetlands, popular for birdwatching, awaits. And if you're lucky, you may even spot the rare Burrunan Dolphin.

Fishing is big in the Gippsland Lakes - from a boat, jetty or the shore. Cherry Tree Picnic Area on Lake Victoria is a popular spot for catching bream, tailor, mulloway, perch and flathead. Enjoy your catch or a lazy swim at this or other scenic picnic areas such as Trouser Point, Point Wilson, or Wattle Point which is surrounded by banksia and wonderful panoramas. 

Those looking to simply relax can kick back at a lakeside campsite and watch the wildlife among the eucalypt trees at Spoon Bay or Red Bluff campgrounds, both located on the shores of Lake Victoria. Further along, there's also the option of family-friendly Emu Bight Campground.

Perched between the ocean and Lake Reeves, Paradise Beach Campground is perfect for a dog-friendly beachside stay. Or for easy access to Ninety Mile Beach, stay at one of the free coastal campsites along Shoreline Drive between the towns of Golden Beach and Seaspray.

Indulge in a myriad of beach activities from surf fishing or whale and dolphin spotting, taking a dip in the ocean or wandering along the hiking trails, to hopping on your surfboard or sandboard.

Don't miss the rusting remains of the Trinculo, beached in 1879 by a heavy gale and now embedded in the sand west of Delray Beach.

The Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park next door recognises the importance of protecting this untamed stretch of coastline. Snorkeling or diving here will introduce you to an underwater world teeming with marine life.

Things to do in the area

If you're going past Lakes Entrance, stop off at Nyerimilang Heritage Park en route for a picnic or walk. Boasting magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife, don't miss the homestead set in a delightful garden on a clifftop above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.

Parts of the Gippsland Lakes system, including Lake Reeve, are listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as waterfowl habitat. The lakes attract the largest concentration of migratory waders in East Gippsland and are host to breeding colonies of the vulnerable Fairy Terns and Little Terns. You may also see Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Within the heathy woodland areas of the park you will see many species of bird including the Common Bronze Wing, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Grey Butcherbird, Eastern Yellow Robin and the gracious Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A woman enjoys a cup of tea while sat at a picnic table infront of her tent at Bunga Arm Campsite in the Gippsland Lakes.

Camping in Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The campground is separated from the beach by a stretch of fenced vegetation. There is access to the beach from the Paradise Beach camping area. Use this access points to reduce damage to the sensitive coastal vegetation.

Entrance Bay

Set opposite Rigby Island and a short canoe, kayak or boat ride from Lakes Entrance, Entrance Bay offers a scenic picnic spot within Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. Take in the views over 90 Mile Beach, the original entrance to the lakes that was constructed in the 1880s, and the Southern Ocean.
The path to Ninety Mile Beach from Paradise Beach Campground at Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

Paradise Beach Campground

The campground is separated from the beach by a stretch of fenced vegetation. There is access to the beach from the Paradise Beach camping area. Use this access points to reduce damage to the sensitive coastal vegetation.
The Homestead at Nyerimilang Heritage Park in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife are some of this Gippsland park’s attractions. A highlight is Nyerimilang Homestead, in a delightful garden setting on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.

How to get there

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is located in East Gippsland. The western section of the park is accessible by a sealed road via Seaspray and Golden Beach. Paradise Beach campground and Shoreline Drive campsites are located in campgrounds along Shoreline Drive. Red Bluff and Spoon Bay camping areas are accessed via sign posted sandy tracks off the Loch Sport Road.

When to go

As the temperature warms up, dive in and enjoy the wide range of water sports available on the Gippsland Lakes. Canoe, kayak, boat or sail through the crystal-clear water

Need to know

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

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.

  • Red Bluff Campground (Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park)

    Red Bluff Campground - temporary closure

    Red Bluff Campground was heavily affected by the October fire with many built assets in the campground lost. Due to this, Red Bluff Campground will be closed for visitor use until recovery works are complete.  Vehicle access to Red Bluff Campground is closed at the Beacon Swamp Track / Lakeside Track intersection. 

  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

    Golden Beach Camping Area 3 Closed

    Camp area 3 near Golden Beach within the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is closed. Please camp in one of the other camping areas close by. Toilets are accessible from camp area 2.

  • 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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