Cape Nelson State Park
Cape Nelson State Park
Cape Nelson State Park is a fascinating and picturesque place steeped in a rich human history that spans thousands of years, making this park archaeologically, ecologically and geologically significant.
A number of walks run through the park, including the Sea Cliff Nature Walk, which showcases the flora and fauna of Cape Nelson, and the Lighthouse Walk through coastal heathland and lookouts, perfect for whale watching during the migration seasons.
Encounter rare and unique coastal ecosystems as you explore the park, including soap mallee, heath and wet heath. The soap mallee (eucalyptus diversifolia) community is extremely rare and the southernmost location of this species. Apart from the soap mallee, Cape Nelson contains several other rare or vulnerable plant species: drooping velvet bush, coast ground-berry, mountain daisy, and bog sedge. Visit during springtime to see the native wildflowers.
The fast-moving rufous bristlebird also thrives in the coastal habitat of the park which is vital to its survival. Often seen darting across walking tracks and roads it is often mistaken for the introduced European blackbird. Although not easily seen, black wallabies, bandicoots and beautiful firetail finches also live in this park.
Part of the 250km Great South West Walk passes through the park, and is an epic journey through spectacular scenery. The 15-day walk also passes Point Danger where Victoria's only mainland Gannet breeding colony is located. The walk features 14 campsites, only available to book for registered hikers.
Day walkers can combine parts of the Sea Cliff Nature Walk, Great South West Walk and Lighthouse Walk into a loop walk of 8km (Grade 3, 4 hours).
Things To Do
Sea Cliff Nature Walk
Norman Wade scenic drive
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