Belfast Coastal Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
Popular all year round with dog walkers, birdwatchers and ocean anglers who enjoy the 20km stretch of sandy beaches, grassy dunes and thriving wetlands right on the doorstep of Warrnambool and Port Fairy.
This coastline is alive with activity. Belfast Coastal Reserve has attracted people for thousands of years to its freshwater wetlands, sandy beaches, grassy sheltered dunes, rocky outcrops and in-shore rocky reefs and rockpools.
Stretching from Port Fairy to Warrnambool the reserve is very popular with locals and wildlife all year round and gets extra busy in summers water activity holiday periods. Buzzing with shorebird-watchers who flock to this sandy strip of land, unique to Victoria’s parks. It is home to several endangered wildlife species including Hooded Plovers and Oyster Catchers; all sharing beaches with dog-walkers, joggers, anglers, surfers, swimmers, horse-riders and birdwatchers.
Things To Do
Tours in the area
Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.
If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.
Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.
How to get there
The reserve adjoins Warrnambool City and extends 20km to Port Fairy.
The main visitor areas are accessed off the Princess Highway A1. Warrnambool is 256km from Melbourne on the Princes Highway or Great Ocean Road and approximately 600km from Adelaide.