Cape Conran Coastal Park
Cape Conran Coastal Park is tucked away along Victoria's far-east Wilderness Coast. Camp 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.
Choose from a range of camping options. From the remote Bemm River and Pearl Point to the main campground, Banksia Bluff which has toilets and bush showers.
The park is home to a charismatic cast of wildlife, including Victoria's biggest lizard, the Lace Monitor, Wombats, Southern Brown Bandicoots, Long-nosed Potoroos and birds such as the New Holland Honeyeater and White-bellied Sea Eagle.
See magnificent marine animals. Dolphins surfing in the waves, whales migrating from May to October and seals at Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary. Dive or snorkel at Joiner’s Channel or West Cape to see an amazing, diverse underwater ecosystem.
Stroll along the East Cape Boardwalk. Interpretive signs explain the Aboriginal history of the Cape.
As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Cape Conran Coastal Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Things To Do
Banksia Bluff Campground
Binn Beach and Camping Area
East Cape Beach
Gunnai Beach Campground
Wildlife and Nature
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How to get there
Cape Conran Coastal Park
When you're there
Need to know
Cape Conran Coastal Park
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Cape Conran boat ramp
West Cape offers the only boat launching ramp in the area. The road leading to the ramp is sealed and a large car park is located nearby. Take care when using this boat ramp due to its exposed location.
The ramp is regularly subject to sand and kelp. The ramp is often slippery. It is advisable to use a 4WD to launch and retrieve vessels.
Parks Victoria generally clears the ramp of sand when conditions are favourable, but due to the rapidly changing state of the ramp, there may be occasions when there is sand on the ramp and ocean conditions are calm. Launching and retrieving vessels is generally easier around high tide.
Check the web cam image for current conditions of the boat ramp.
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.
West Cape (Cape Conran Coastal Park)
Upcoming closure - boat ramp & jetty from 26th AprilCape Conran boat ramp & jetty will be closed from the 26th April for approximately 1 week while works are completed.
Cape Conran Coastal Park
Flood and storm related impacts to tracks and campgrounds
- Pearl Point Rd between Pearl Point and Bemm River - open but only 4WD access to the following locations
- Binn Beach campground
- Pearl Point campground
- Gunnai Beach campground
- Py Yoot visitor area
- Yeerung Lookout - closed
- East Yeerung Track - closed at Yeerung Bridge and is suitable for 4WD only
- Yeerung Bridge - open to pedestrians only
- Swampy Ridges Track - closed
- Hekarwe Track - closed west of Swampy Ridges Track
- East Cape Boardwalk - closed for fire recovery rebuild
Cowrie bay access closedAccess to Cowrie bay from the Nature trail (Eastern side - circled red on map) is closed until June 30th while track works are completed.Cowrie bay can still be reached from the western side of the Nature trail (circled green on the map).
Attachments: track log-PV87647 (40KB)
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Dog Friendly Parks
The wet and warmer weather has brought paralysis ticks out in record numbers. Paralysis ticks are known in Coastal and near by Coastal areas and rainforest gullies.
Keep your dog on lead in permitted parks
Dogs are permitted in many parks and reserves provided they are under control and on leads at all times. Visitors should keep their dog on-lead except in designated off-lead areas. Keeping your dog on a lead ensures you both have a safe park visit.
- Poison baits may be laid to control foxes or other feral animals. Baits can be fatal to dogs.
- Even if your dog is friendly, other dogs may not be.
- Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife.
- Snake bites are a real risk in natural areas such as parks.
- Wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas will defend themselves if threatened by a dog and can cause significant injury to or the death of your dog.
Dog-friendly code of conduct
- Consider other park users and ensure that dogs are always kept under effective control.
- Always carry a lead, even when in off-lead areas.
- Bring a friend if you wish to walk with more than two dogs.
- Ensure children are supervised whilst near dogs, as they are vulnerable to attack.
- Ensure your dog’s identification, registration and vaccinations are up to date.
- Minimise any disturbance to native fauna, including birdlife in the park.
- Clean up after your dog and take all rubbish home.
Camping area coordinatesAccess to Dock Inlet Walk camping area from the beach can be identified from a white totem pole on the sand dune, or by following coordinates: Latitude -37.784001, Longitude 148.847296.
Attachments: Dock Inlet Walk camping area coordinates and map (1,024KB)
Banksia Bluff AccommodationThe new Banksia Bluff Accommodation is currently under planning and works. During this time Banksia Bluff Accommodation and Olive-Berry Lodge remain closed to bookings. An announcement of a release date for future bookings will be posted on the website.
Banksia Bluff Campground (Cape Conran Coastal Park)
Banksia Bluff Campground - bookings 8 May to 18 May 2023Bookings at Banksia Bluff Campground will not be available from 8 May to 18 May 2023 to allow essential fire recovery works to be safely completed across the campground.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these areas from December 2022 to December 2023. These parks will remain open to visitors during operations.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkLake Tyers State ParkBaw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National ParkFor more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.
How we keep it special
Cape Conran Coastal Park bushfire recovery
We are restoring visitor facilities at Cape Conran following major bushfire damage in summer 2019/20. The recovery work includes rebuilding accommodation, campground and visitor facilities, installing a drinking and waste water connections to Banksia Bluff campground and construction of a new shared-use path between Marlo and Cape Conran.
Go behind the scenes with our rangers to find out more about the recovery process.