Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

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Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds.

A great park for water activities - enjoy swimming, diving, boating, fishing or rock pooling. Experience the park by foot on the self-guided Cape Conran Nature Trail or the magnificent Dock Inlet and Pearl Point day walks.

Cape Conran Coastal Park is home to many non bookable campsites as well as the bookable sites at Banksia Bluff Campground.  

Binn Beach 

Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes. 

Access: Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the site. The nearest toilets and shops are 7kms from the campground at Bemm River.

Campsites: There are five sites available, set in coastal tea-tree on sandy soil.

 

Gunnai Beach Campground 

This is a small, remote campground that is best suited to walkers or those hiking the Wilderness Coast Walk. It has easy access via a sandy track over the dunes to the beach.

Access: Cape Conran Coastal Park is located 18km east of the township of Marlo. Gunnai Beach campground is accessed via Bemm River along the unsealed Pearl Point Road.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Campsites: There are 2 unpowered campsites available.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the site. The nearest toilets and shops are 7km away at Bemm River.

Water: No drinking water supplied – supply your own.

Campfire: Only allowed in designated fireplaces – supply your own wood.

Rubbish: There is no rubbish collection at this campground, please take all rubbish with you.

Pearl Point

Pearl Point features spectacular sedimentary rock formations, rolling sand dunes and an abundance of seabirds and sea life. It is a popular spot for surf fishing. Pearl Point campground has easy access to Pearl Point beach via stairs. There is a 25km return walk from East Cape to Pearl Point. This walk is only for the more energetic as it can be a difficult due to the soft beach sand

Access: Cape Conran Coastal Park is located 18km west of the small township of Marlo. Pearl Point is accessed via Bremm River along the unsealed Pearl Point Road.

Bookings: No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.

Campsites: There are 4 unpowered campsites available.

Facilities: There are no toilets provided at the campsite. The nearest toilets and shops are 12km away at Bemm River.

Campfire: Only allowed in designated fireplaces – supply your own wood.


Campfire guidelines

  • Light fires only in the fireplaces provided or use a portable camping stove instead
  • Ensure fires are never left unattended and are completely out before you leave
  • During summer and autumn Total Fire Bans are common - this means no open fires can be lit
  • For information on Total Fire Bans call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667
 

Things To Do

 
A women walks her dog into the campsite while another women prepares food as her son looks on.

Banksia Bluff Campground

Banksia Bluff is a tranquil wooded campground where the peace is only broken by the dawn chorus and waves crashing. Set up camp among gum and banksia woodland and relax by the campfire. Camp with your dog on select sites.
Two women stand-up paddle boarders paddle up the Yeerung River.

Yeerung Gorge

Yeerung Gorge - a jewel on the Cape - is a surprising landform that harbours some unusual vegetation associations and contains several deep dark rock pools fed by the babbling East Yeerung River.
Three women on stand-up paddle boards paddle up the Yeerung River.

Pearl Point

Pearl Point features spectacular sedimentary rock formations, rolling sand dunes and an abundance of seabirds and sea life. It is a popular spot for surf fishing. Pearl Point Campground has easy access to Pearl Point Beach via stairs.
A man carrying a surfboard walks through the shallow water at West Cape Beach at Cape Conran Coastal Park

East Cape Beach

East Cape is a good spot for a picnic offering gas barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a number of walks from the visitor area.
A koala sitting in a tree at French Island National Park.

Binn Beach and Camping Area

Binn Beach is a good spot for surf fishing. The campground has easy access to the beach via a sandy track over the dunes.
Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.

Gunnai Beach Campground

This is a small, remote campground that is best suited to walkers or those hiking the Wilderness Coast Walk. It has easy access via a sandy track over the dunes to the beach.

How to get there

Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park is located in far east Gippsland, approximately 420kms east of Melbourne and 530kms south of Sydney.

Cape Conran can be reached via the Princes Highway by turning off at Cabbage Tree Creek or via Orbost and Marlo to the west. The eastern section of the park can be reached by turning off the Highway east of Cabbage Tree Creek to Bemm River.

Sites

Need to know

Camping in Cape Conran Coastal Park

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.

  • Cape Conran Coastal Park

    Flood damage and ongoing heavy rainfall have closed some vehicle tracks

    Cape Conran Coastal Park was impacted by flooding in early April and ongoing heavy rain over winter has further affected some areas. Some visitor sites and vehicle tracks are currently closed. Monitor this page for updated site closures. 

    Assessments are ongoing and further areas may be closed at short notice or not accessible on arrival. 

  • West Cape (Cape Conran Coastal Park)

    Cape Conran boat ramp upgrade - closure information

    Located 15km east of the township of Marlo and part of Cape Conran Coastal Park, the boat ramp at West Cape is a popular boating and fishing destination. It provides the only direct ocean access between Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota and is a key access point to the nearby Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary.
     
    Better Boating Victoria are funding $2.79 million worth of upgrades to the boat ramp at Cape Conran. While work is undertaken at the site, the boat ramp will be
     
    Closed to all users from Monday 12 September until Saturday 10 December 2022
     
    During this period, commercial, recreational, and emergency service boat users are advised that the closest ocean access ramps are at either Mallacoota to the east or Lakes Entrance to the west.

    The Victorian Government investment at Cape Conran boat ramp will make it cheaper, easier, and more accessible for all Victorians to enjoy time on the water. Key features of the upgrade include:

    ·      Increasing the jetty by 21m to provide additional berthing space
    ·      Steepening the gradient of the single-lane ramp to bring it in-line with current standards and to minimise accumulation of sand and kelp
    ·      Marking areas of hazardous rock to improve navigation and safety
    ·      Construction of a new concreate apron at the top of the ramp
    ·      Installation of a convex mirror to provide a view of the ramp before vehicles towing trailers commit to turning onto the ramp apron
    ·      Construction of a retaining wall to protect vehicles and Aboriginal cultural heritage from collision
     
    The Boating Victoria ramp finder web cam allows those interested in the site to follow the progress of the ramp upgrade. Once completed, the ramp will have increased berthing capacity, easier launch and retrieval capability, and protection of cultural heritage.
     
     

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Pearl Point Road and camp grounds closed due to flooding

    Heavy rainfall in late September is causing flooding along Pearl Point Road. This road is closed from Pearl Point to Bemm River, along with the following areas:

    • Pearl Point camp ground 
    • Binn Beach camp ground
    • Gunnai Beach camp ground
    • Py Yoot visitor area

    Banksia Bluff Accommodation Bookings

    Banksia Bluff Accommodation is currently closed, with new accommodation under planning and construction.
    Information on future bookings for the new accommodation and Olive-Berry Lodge is yet to be released.
    Banksia Bluff Campground remains open for bookings.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region
     
    Deer control operations (ground and aerial) will be carried out across the following parks and reserves between October 2022 and June 2023. 
     
    • Alpine National Park
      • Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
      • Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
      • Feathertop
      • Foothills and Southern Alps
      • Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy
    • Buchan Caves Reserve
    • Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    • Cape Conran Coastal Park
    • Coopracambra NP
    • Croajingolong NP
    • Errinundra NP
    • Lake Tyers State Park
    • Baw Baw NP
    • Mount Buffalo NP
    • Snowy River NP
    • Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
    • Wilsons Prom NP
     
    More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
     
     For more information on deer control to protect native species visit parks.vic.gov.au.

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