Cast a line in quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, the pounding surf or in the depths of the bays from your boat.

Bays, lakes and rivers
One of Melbourne's greatest natural attractions known for its sheltered waters, long coastline, and sandy beaches Port Phillip offers many popular angling locations including piers at Middle Park, Mordialloc, Mornington, Rye, Sorrento, Geelong, Altona or Williamstown. Lake fishing from a boat, bank or jetty is popular throughout Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. The extensive lakes system is a haven for water birds as well as fish including tailor, bream, luderick, Australian salmon, mullet and silver trevally.

Beaches and coasts
A little further east along the ocean coastline from Portsea to Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula National Park features outstanding natural scenery and is popular with shore based anglers. Popular fishing spots include London Bridge and Gunnamatta, where easy access is provided to the sandy beaches. Surf fishing along the Ninety Mile Beach or in the wilderness coast of East Gippsland, the remote beaches of Croajingolong National Park are an anglers dream. Offshore fishing at Mallacoota is among the best in Victoria, and remote fishing in the Tamboon Inlet is an excellent alternative for those wanting to fish in medium sized boats or "tinnies".

Mountains and peaks
Major streams and rivers of the spectacular Alpine National Park provide great fishing opportunities in some of Australia's most stunning mountain landscapes. Catch brown trout in the King and Rose Rivers and at Lake William Hovell, or fish for brown trout and black fish, bass and eels in the Dargo River during the cooler months. Grampians National Park with its rugged sandstone ranges, clad with forests and rich in wildlife, provides an ideal setting for anglers. Lake Wartook is considered to be one of the more attractive of waters in the region and is well regarded for trout fishing by bait and fly-fishers.

Top parks for fishing

A man in a red wetsuit and a women with the top half of her wetsuit undone follow two men in to the surf on the Morning Peninsula.

Gunnamatta Ocean Beach

Gunnamatta Ocean Beach is the most popular surf beach in Mornington Peninsula National Park, with consistently high swells and rocky reefs.
Two kayakers come across a group of pelicans on the Gippsland Lakes.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The tranquil Gippsland Lakes are a system of coastal lagoons separated from the Tasman Sea by the coastal dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Seven rivers terminate at the lakes – the Latrobe, Avon, Nicholson, Tambo, Mitchell, Macalister and Thomson rivers.
A father leads his family across the rocks in front of the Point Hicks Lighthouse and cottage.

Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

Journey through history, see unforgettable coastal landscapes, and experience some of Victoria's best fishing on the eastern limits of Croajingolong National Park.
A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails

Relax out in nature

Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.


Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
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.
A mother and daughter kicks a football in front of dad and two younger children in front of tents at Buchan Caves Reserve.


Victoria’s parks have some great places to camp and there is something to suit all tastes. Choose from fully serviced sites with luxury tents to remote locations with nothing but bush.
A couple stop on the side of the Great Ocean Road to take a picture.

Long drives

Venture out on a regional road trip with some of Australia's most scenic drives taking you to its most spectacular natural attractions.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dog walking

Round up your dog, grab the lead and visit dog-friendly parks near Melbourne and across Victoria.
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