Cape Conran Coastal Park Bushfire Recovery

Parks Victoria is reconstructing the campground and visitor facilities at Cape Conran following major bushfire damage in summer 2019/20.

The recovery work includes rebuilding accommodation and visitor facilities, installing a drinking water and wastewater connection at Banksia Bluff campground and installing a new shared-use path between Marlo and Cape Conran.

These essential improvements will enhance visitor enjoyment of the park, improve connectivity between Marlo and Cape Conran while simultaneously providing an economic benefit to the local communities. 

 

What is being built

Visitor amenities

  • Reinstatement of bore water and electricity supplies
  • Rebuilding of the popular activity/education centre
  • Constructing a wastewater and drinking water connection from Marlo to Cape Conran

 

Accommodation

  • Reopening of non-fire damaged cabins and Olive-Berry Lodge
  • Planning underway for construction of new roofed accommodation

 

Recent completed works

  • Reconstruction of beach access between East Cape and Banksia Bluff campground
  • Installation of temporary campground office and toilet facilities at Banksia Bluff
  • Rebuilding of Salmon Rocks boardwalk reinstating beach access
  • Removal of hazardous trees
  • Removal of burnt infrastructure
  • Repairs to toilets
  • Rebuilding beach access points at Banksia Bluff Campground 
  • Installation of temporary operational facilities to support staff 

 

For the current opening status of Cape Conran Coastal Park, please visit: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/cape-conran-coastal-park

 

Expected project duration and key dates

Works commence – mid 2020

Works estimated completion dates:

  • Reconstruction and recovery - mid 2023
  • Potable water and sewerage upgrade, and shared path from Marlo to Conran– end 2023

 

Project funding

Gippsland Tourism Recovery package: $3.5 million

Victorian Government bushfire recovery funding: $13.1 milion

Approximately $9 million insurance funds

 

Other information

Cape Conran Coastal Park is in Victoria's Far-East Wilderness Coast. It offers camping among Banksias and Manna Gums alongside colourful New Holland Honeyeaters and inquisitive Lace Monitor goannas.

The wild ocean beaches are perfect spots for beachcombing and, from May to October, look out for whales on their annual migration.

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