Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park West

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park West


Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Tatungalung Country

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

Explore the west of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, from the popular lakeside village of Loch Sport to the small coastal town of Seaspray. Traverse the tranquil waters of the coastal lagoons, scramble over sand dunes at Ninety Mile Beach, stay at lakeside or beachside campsites, and explore trails.

Launch your boat, kayak or canoe from Hollands Landing to access McLennan Strait, a gently flowing channel that connects Lake Victoria to Lake Wellington. A vast area of wetlands, popular for birdwatching, awaits. And if you're lucky, you may even spot the rare Burrunan Dolphin.

Fishing is big in the Gippsland Lakes - from a boat, jetty or the shore. Cherry Tree Picnic Area on Lake Victoria is a popular spot for catching bream, tailor, mulloway, perch and flathead. Enjoy your catch or a lazy swim at this or other scenic picnic areas such as Trouser Point, Point Wilson, or Wattle Point which is surrounded by banksia and wonderful panoramas. 

Those looking to simply relax can kick back at a lakeside campsite and watch the wildlife among the eucalypt trees at Spoon Bay or Red Bluff campgrounds, both located on the shores of Lake Victoria. Further along, there's also the option of family-friendly Emu Bight Campground.

Perched between the ocean and Lake Reeves, Paradise Beach Campground is perfect for a dog-friendly beachside stay. Or for easy access to Ninety Mile Beach, stay at one of the free coastal campsites along Shoreline Drive between the towns of Golden Beach and Seaspray.

Indulge in a myriad of beach activities from surf fishing or whale and dolphin spotting, taking a dip in the ocean or wandering along the hiking trails, to hopping on your surfboard or sandboard.

Don't miss the rusting remains of the Trinculo, beached in 1879 by a heavy gale and now embedded in the sand west of Delray Beach.

The Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park next door recognises the importance of protecting this untamed stretch of coastline. Snorkeling or diving here will introduce you to an underwater world teeming with marine life.

Things to do in the area

If you're going past Lakes Entrance, stop off at Nyerimilang Heritage Park en route for a picnic or walk. Boasting magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife, don't miss the homestead set in a delightful garden on a clifftop above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.

Parts of the Gippsland Lakes system, including Lake Reeve, are listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as waterfowl habitat. The lakes attract the largest concentration of migratory waders in East Gippsland and are host to breeding colonies of the vulnerable Fairy Terns and Little Terns. You may also see Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Within the heathy woodland areas of the park you will see many species of bird including the Common Bronze Wing, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Grey Butcherbird, Eastern Yellow Robin and the gracious Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A woman enjoys a cup of tea while sat at a picnic table infront of her tent at Bunga Arm Campsite in the Gippsland Lakes.

Camping in Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The campground is separated from the beach by a stretch of fenced vegetation. There is access to the beach from the Paradise Beach camping area. Use this access points to reduce damage to the sensitive coastal vegetation.

Entrance Bay

Set opposite Rigby Island and a short canoe, kayak or boat ride from Lakes Entrance, Entrance Bay offers a scenic picnic spot within Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. Take in the views over 90 Mile Beach, the original entrance to the lakes that was constructed in the 1880s, and the Southern Ocean.
A Koala in a tree.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Paradise Beach

The campground is separated from the beach by a stretch of fenced vegetation. There is access to the beach from the Paradise Beach camping area. Use this access points to reduce damage to the sensitive coastal vegetation.
The Homestead at Nyerimilang Heritage Park in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife are some of this Gippsland park’s attractions. A highlight is Nyerimilang Homestead, in a delightful garden setting on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.

How to get there

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is located in East Gippsland. The western section of the park is accessible by a sealed road via Seaspray and Golden Beach. Paradise Beach campground and Shoreline Drive campsites are located in campgrounds along Shoreline Drive. Red Bluff and Spoon Bay camping areas are accessed via sign posted sandy tracks off the Loch Sport Road.

When to go

As the temperature warms up, dive in and enjoy the wide range of water sports available on the Gippsland Lakes. Canoe, kayak, boat or sail through the crystal-clear water

Need to know

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (West)

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Campground C03 (Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park)

    Campground 3 Temporary Closure

    Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) have been discovered in Camp 3 on Shoreline Drive in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. 
    The Campground will temporarily be closed to the public for the use of camping until resolved.
    The toilet structure in Campground 3 does not contain asbestos and no evidence of asbestos has been discovered in its vicinity. It is therefore still available for use for those camping at Campground 2. 

  • Eel Farm (Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park)

    Temporary Closure of Eel Farm Track

    Eel Farm track will be temporarily closed to vehicles from 6th of October 2021 to the 31st of January 2022 for repair. Due to structural damage the causeway has become impassable for vehicles.  In the meantime please access McLennan Straits via Seacombe.  

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