Cotters Lake and Beach Access Track (Wilsons Promontory National Park, Wilsons Promontory Marine Park)


Cotters Lake and Beach Access Track (Wilsons Promontory National Park, Wilsons Promontory Marine Park)

Cotters Lake and Beach are accessed from the Cotters Lake Carpark, approximately 11.5 km from the Park Entrance.

This easy Grade 2 walk follows a management track through the often-dry basin of Cotters Lake to Cotters Beach – a wild, windswept stretch of coast (1.1 km and 30 minutes one way).

Wildlife, including kangaroos and emus, are often sighted in this area. There are no facilities at this carpark.

The beach is unpatrolled.

How to get there

Cotters Lake and Beach Access Track (Wilsons Promontory National Park, Wilsons Promontory Marine Park)



Need to know

Cotters Lake and Beach Access Track (Wilsons Promontory National Park, Wilsons Promontory Marine Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No generators
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • No vehicles


  • Water hazards
    • Strong currents
    • Rough Surf
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Aerial Deer Control Program 4-8 March 2024

Parks Victoria will be conducting an aerial deer control operation at Wilsons Promontory National Park 4th-8th March 2024.  

From 5pm Monday 4th to 8am Friday 8th March, there will be no access to the following areas while the operation occurs:  
  • Shallow Inlet Walk
  • Boundary Track
  • Big Drift
  • Stockyard
  • Yanakie Cemetery 
  • Cotters Road, Cotters Lake and Cotters Beach
  • 5 Mile Road and carpark
  • Vereker Outlook
  • Millers Landing 
  • Northern Overnight Hike 

Signage and/or staff will be in place to inform visitors of closed areas. During the operation, visitors may hear gunshots and see a helicopter flying at low levels. Safety is of paramount importance and Parks Victoria will have an Operations Controller on-site to ensure visitor safety. 

The Sealers Cove Walking Track is currently closed

The Sealers Cove Walking Track is currently closed due to storm and flood damage.

Funding has been secured to rebuild the two kilometres boardwalk, with a start/finish timeline for the project to be established shortly.

Until then, access to Sealers Cove is only achievable via Refuge Cove, which is a 25km hike from Telegraph Saddle.

Stockyard Toilet Block Closed

The Stockyard Toilet Block is closed until further notice. 

Change to Tidal River General Store opening hours

Tidal River General Store opening hours from 29 January to 1 April 2024:

Monday - Thursday9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am - 7.30 pm
Saturday:  Coffee window (only) from 7.30 am, Store open 9.00 am - 7.30 pm
Sunday: Coffee window (only) from 7.30 am, Store open 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Tidal River water supply this summer 2023/24

This summer of 2023/24, the water storage (in tanks) at Tidal River is reduced compared with previous years. It means that while Parks Victoria repair the water storage, the system overall has less capacity.
To help the system cope this summer, Parks Victoria is asking all visitors to help save water and reduce their water use during their stay.
You can help by:
•            Filling up your caravan water tanks before arrival.
•            Taking shorter showers – 4 minutes or Iess.
•            Turning off taps when brushing teeth.
•            Using less water to wash dishes – use a tub.
•            Taking your laundry home for shorter stays.
•            Using a caravan dump point outside of the Prom for caravan waste.
•            Reporting leaks and running toilets to the Visitor Centre.
Did you know?
Tidal River Campground is ‘off-grid’. This means that all water and electricity come from inside the Prom. For water, the supply starts with water being drawn from the Tidal River catchment. It is then treated to a drinking water standard, stored in a series of tanks, and distributed around the campground for visitors to enjoy.
Thanks for your cooperation. 

Attachments: FinaI TidaI River Fact Sheet Water SuppIy (301KB)

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