Cape Paterson - Inverloch
Between the sandy beaches of Cape Paterson and Inverloch lies a scenic coastline of dramatic cliffs, intertidal reefs, significant geological formations and fossil sites. A popular destination for swimming, surfing and boating, the park is adjacent to the protected marine environments of the Bunurong Marine National Park.
The Cape Paterson to Inverloch coastline of the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park is renowned for its geology and unique marine environments.
Discover the rich diversity of underwater marine life while diving or snorkelling at one of the many beaches in the adjoining Bunurong Marine National Park. This marine protected area extends offshore for 5.5km from Undertow Bay to Eagles Nest and there is a no take zone for fishing. Divers may encounter groups of Port Jackson Sharks around the rocks at Eagles Nest and Twin Reefs, as well as Rock Lobsters and Zebra Fish. The Caves intertidal rock platform hosts a large shallow pool that opens out to the sea and is accessible for divers at low tide.
Explore the shore and peer into the rockpools at the Caves or Flat Rocks. The best time to access the rock platforms is within an hour or so of low tide, for the best opportunity to see the greatest range of marine life.
Enjoy panoramic views of the sandy coves and cliffs at The Oaks or Eagles Nest, along the scenic Bunurong Coastal Drive. The prominent rock stack of Eagles Nest is a site of national geological significance, and it was here that Australia’s first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1903. The geology of the Caves area and the numerous fossils found there makes it another site of national significance, and well worth a visit.
Surfing and swimming are popular along the coast, though be aware, these beaches are not patrolled. Patrolled beaches can be found at either end of the coastal drive, at Cape Paterson and Inverloch. There are many options for accommodation and eating out in these townships, as well as public BBQ areas. For a short walk at Inverloch, follow the Screw Creek – Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk, through stands of coastal tea-tree and mangroves before climbing to a lookout on the bluff.
As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Things to do in the area
Fishing and Boating at Yallock-Bulluk
Beach activities at Yallock-Bulluk
Yallock-Bulluk Unique Coastal Landscapes and Species
Dog walking in Yallock-Bulluk
Discover a history of fossils at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park
How to get there
Cape Paterson - Inverloch
Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park stretches from San Remo in the west to Inverloch in the east along the Bass Coast. The Bass Coast is situated 130 kilometres (90 minutes’ drive) south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass Highways.
Cape Paterson is 145km south-east of Melbourne. Follow the South Gippsland Highway from Melbourne and exit at Bass Highway. From here, follow the signs for the Bunurong Coastal Drive from Kilcunda in the west to Inverloch in east.
To reach Inverloch, take the inland route through Wonthaggi and follow the Bass Highway to Inverloch.
When you're there
Cape Paterson and Inverloch are well-serviced and picturesque towns with a range of accommodation available, as well a public toilets and BBQ areas. Take some time to explore the towns and their local eateries and cafes. The visitor centre in Inverloch has a great range of visitor information and local knowledge for the region.
The Bunurong Environment Centre houses the South Gippsland Conservation Society's Gift & Book Shop, Shell Museum, Dinosaur display, and Education Centre, spotlighting the fascinating history and geography of the surrounding coast.
Screw Creek – Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk - 1.7km 40 minutes return
Start at the eastern end of the Inverloch Foreshore Camping Ground, leading through stands of coast tea-tree and mangroves before climbing to a lookout on Townsend Bluff and loop back to the carpark.
When to go
The summer ocean conditions are often best for water-based activities such as snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking and boating. The water is warmer and there are longer periods where ocean swells are smaller.
Birdwatchers, this is the time to see the charismatic Hooded Plover. Tread lightly from August to April as they nest above the high-tide mark on ocean beaches and among dunes.
Need to know
Cape Paterson - Inverloch
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.
The Eagles Nest carpark and rock stack lookout has wheelchair and pram access. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located at Cape Paterson and Inverloch.
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.