Cape Paterson - Inverloch


Cape Paterson - Inverloch

Between the sandy beaches of Cape Paterson and Inverloch lies a scenic coastline of dramatic cliffs, intertidal reefs, significant geological formations and fossil sites. A popular destination for swimming, surfing and boating, the park is adjacent to the protected marine environments of the Bunurong Marine National Park.

The Cape Paterson to Inverloch coastline of the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park is renowned for its geology and unique marine environments.

Discover the rich diversity of underwater marine life while diving or snorkelling at one of the many beaches in the adjoining Bunurong Marine National Park. This marine protected area extends offshore for 5.5km from Undertow Bay to Eagles Nest and there is a no take zone for fishing. Divers may encounter groups of Port Jackson Sharks around the rocks at Eagles Nest and Twin Reefs, as well as Rock Lobsters and Zebra Fish. The Caves intertidal rock platform hosts a large shallow pool that opens out to the sea and is accessible for divers at low tide.

Explore the shore and peer into the rockpools at the Caves or Flat Rocks. The best time to access the rock platforms is within an hour or so of low tide, for the best opportunity to see the greatest range of marine life.

Enjoy panoramic views of the sandy coves and cliffs at The Oaks or Eagles Nest, along the scenic Bunurong Coastal Drive. The prominent rock stack of Eagles Nest is a site of national geological significance, and it was here that Australia’s first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1903. The geology of the Caves area and the numerous fossils found there makes it another site of national significance, and well worth a visit.

Surfing and swimming are popular along the coast, though be aware, these beaches are not patrolled. Patrolled beaches can be found at either end of the coastal drive, at Cape Paterson and Inverloch. There are many options for accommodation and eating out in these townships, as well as public BBQ areas. For a short walk at Inverloch, follow the Screw Creek – Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk, through stands of coastal tea-tree and mangroves before climbing to a lookout on the bluff.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do in the area

A man sits on a chair while fishing at Powlett River

Fishing and Boating at Yallock-Bulluk

Set out in a kayak or motorboat to explore the spectacular coastline by sea. Try your luck at line fishing in various parts of the park, both onshore and by boat. Fishing is not permitted in the Bunurong Marine National Park.
View of the beach and dunes at The Oaks, Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Beach activities at Yallock-Bulluk

Swim at the patrolled beaches at Cape Paterson and Inverloch, dive or snorkel around the reefs, enjoy some family-friendly fun in the rock pools or relax with a beach picnic.
A picture of an Orchid taken in the Wonthaggi section of Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Yallock-Bulluk Unique Coastal Landscapes and Species

Try to spot some of our beloved whales during migration seasons, keep an eye out for seals and dolphins and explore the unique geology of this coastline where important dinosaur fossils have been discovered.
A woman walking her dog along the beach at Undertow Bay in Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Dog walking in Yallock-Bulluk

Bring your furry friend along to the designated dog-friendly tracks and beaches in the park.
View of Cape Paterson from Undertow Bay, Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Cape Paterson

Camp, picnic, stay a while and explore the shore and sea at this pleasant coastal village.
Standup Paddleboarding at Inverloch, Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park


A popular summer holiday destination and a great base for boating and diving on the edge of the marine park.
Eagles Nest, Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Eagles Nest

Marvel at the geological formations and sweeping coastal views.
The Caves at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

The Caves

Enjoy rockpooling at low tide, or dive and snorkel to see underwater worlds up close.
Researchers prepare a dig site at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Discover a history of fossils at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Along the coast of Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park, stretching from San Remo to Inverloch, the waves are unearthing precious relics that have lain buried in the rock for millions of years. This stretch of coastline is home to some of the richest fossil sites in Australia, and here, new clues from the distant past are constantly surfacing.

How to get there

Cape Paterson - Inverloch

Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park stretches from San Remo in the west to Inverloch in the east along the Bass Coast. The Bass Coast is situated 130 kilometres (90 minutes’ drive) south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass Highways.

Cape Paterson is 145km south-east of Melbourne. Follow the South Gippsland Highway from Melbourne and exit at Bass Highway. From here, follow the signs for the Bunurong Coastal Drive from Kilcunda in the west to Inverloch in east.

To reach Inverloch, take the inland route through Wonthaggi and follow the Bass Highway to Inverloch.



When to go

The summer ocean conditions are often best for water-based activities such as snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking and boating. The water is warmer and there are longer periods where ocean swells are smaller.

Birdwatchers, this is the time to see the charismatic Hooded Plover. Tread lightly from August to April as they nest above the high-tide mark on ocean beaches and among dunes.

Need to know

Cape Paterson - Inverloch

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