Bunga Arm Campground


Bunga Arm Campground

Escape the crowds and make your way to Bunga Arm, a 250-metre sand barrier formed over thousands of years separating the tranquil waters of the Gippsland Lakes from the rough ocean swells of Bass Strait. Choose from seven scenic campgrounds only accessible by boat nestled on this bird-rich island.
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Pitch a tent at one of the seven campgrounds nestled on the tranquil Bunga Arm, east of Steamer Landing.

Only accessible by boat, each campground contains six to twelve campsites along with non-flush toilets, communal picnic tables and fireplaces. All campsites are unpowered, can accommodate a maximum of six people each, and are limited to a three week maximum stay.

Choose a spot at Albatross, Cormorant, Dotterel, Egret, Gannet, Pelican or Shearwater Campground and make the most of the waterside location.

Indulge in kayaking and waterskiing adventures, bring your bathers to swim off the lakeside shores, or your fishing rod to cast a line. Catch bream, flathead, skipjack and mullet on one side of the Bunga Arm, and salmon and snapper on the ocean side.

In the late afternoon spot kangaroos grazing along the shoreline and shorebirds such as Hooded Plovers, Little Terns and Fairy Terns swooping in to roost on the long fingers of sand.

Wind down at the end of the day with a stroll along a stunning stretch of coast and spot pods of dolphins as they case schools of fish in the shallows.

Things to do in the area


Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park

Located 30km south of Sale and adjacent to Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, this park covers 5km of coastline. This untamed stretch of coastline runs alongside the slender strip of sand dunes that protect the Gippsland Lakes.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.


In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
Two teenage girls take part in a sailing race on Port Philip Bay in a small boat called Inkspot.

Boating and sailing

Take to the waves of Port Phillip and see Victoria's coast from the water or sail inland lakes and rivers by boat or charter.

How to get there

Bunga Arm Campground

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is located in East Gippsland. Access to Bunga Arm is only by boat. The nearest boat launching facilities are at Paynesville. Boats can be landed on the beach at designated campgrounds or day visitor areas along the length of the arm. Jetties are located at the day visitor areas Ocean Grange and Steamer Landing. Boats can be landed on the beach along the length of the arm. Please use the mooring posts provided or anchor boats to the sand, rather than tying boats to the trees.


Need to know

Bunga Arm 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.

  • Red Bluff Campground

    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.

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Deer control (ground shooting) will be undertaken in the following areas of the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park;  
    ·      Waddy Island, Barton Island and Crescent Island
    ·      Boole Poole Peninsula, Rigby Island – targeting Sambar deer.
    The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

  • 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.

    Ground shooting operations targeting feral goats

    Feral goat control (ground shooting) will be undertaken in areas of the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park and Lake Coleman Wildlife Reserve.

    The Park will remain open to visitors during operations. 

    Conservation program targeting foxes

    Fox control operations are underway to protect endangered native species including Pookila (New Holland Mouse). This program will not impact visitor access to the park.

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