Point Addis Marine National Park
Point Addis Marine National Park is 4420 hectares in size, making it the third largest of the Victoria’s Marine National Parks. Between the rugged coastline of Torquay and Anglesea it has wide sandy beaches backed by crumbling limestone cliffs with extensive intertidal rocky platforms along the headlands.
The park is notable for being part of a high wave-energy shoreline on the edge of Bass Strait and often has great conditions for surfing with strong south-westerly swells generated in the Southern Ocean.
Point Addis Marine National Park is probably best known as being the home to the annual Bells Beach international surfing competition the ‘Ripcurl Pro’ which has been hosted yearly since 1961. Many local surfers and conservation groups strongly campaigned for the inclusion of Bells Beach within the highly protected Marine National Park.
The park’s marine habitats include large areas of soft sediment interspersed by rocky reefs and these support a high diversity of algal, invertebrate, and fish species. An unusual offshore habitat in the park are rhodolith beds comprising colourful, unattached calcareous nodules of significant age made by a coralline red algae, and that were the first discovered in Victoria as part of mapping surveys undertaken in Point Addis Marine National Park. When sea conditions allow, a wide diversity of marine species can be seen by SCUBA diving or snorkelling from the beaches within the park or offshore from boats.
Many sea birds and mammals of conservation significance, including Blue Whales, Southern Right Whales, Killer Whales, and Australian Fur Seals, have been recorded in this park while 26 conservation listed shore and sea birds have been sighted in Point Addis Marine National Park.
Point Addis Marine National Park hosts two historic shipwrecks, including ‘The Inverlochy’ a steel sailing boat which was beached at Insgolby reef in 1902.
The park is a popular place for coastal walks. Various walks can be explored to learn about the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and their connection to Country through exploring the adjacent Great Otway National Park via the Koori Cultural Walk and Ironbark Basin circuit.
Things To Do
Dive and Snorkel at Point Addis
Surfing at Point Addis
Beach walks at Point Addis
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How to get there
Point Addis Marine National Park
When to go
Summer is the perfect time to hop into the water for a swim or surf on one of the parks spectacular beaches or to explore what’s beneath the waves by snorkelling. Point Addis Marine National Park is also a popular location for rockpool rambles and guided walks run by rangers and local tour operators. On weekends and holidays during summer car parks can get very crowded.