San Remo - Kilcunda


San Remo - Kilcunda

Dramatic cliffs, coastal walking trails and remote ocean beaches characterise this area of Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. Coastal walks and lookouts offer spectacular views and wildlife-spotting opportunities, especially during the whale watching season.

The coastal town of San Remo is the western gateway to the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. Follow in the footsteps of sailor, George Bass, as you walk along the cliffs between San Remo and Kilcunda along the George Bass Coastal Walk. The 7km walk has sweeping views over Bass Strait, where you may be lucky enough to spot whales on their winter or spring migration. Geological formations along the way, such as The Arch lookout, allow you a glimpse into the rich geographical history of the area.

Walk along the protected beaches of Half Moon Bay and Sandy Waterhole or Foots Beach near San Remo, or parts of Kilcunda Beach, for a dog friendly option. Beaches and shoreline along this stretch of coast are not patrolled for swimming. Patrolled beaches can be found at Cape Woolamai, Cape Paterson and Inverloch. As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice  to make sure your day out is a safe and enjoyable one.

The Powlett River Mouth is listed as a wetland of national significance and is a great place for families to relax in the calm river waters and adjoining ocean beaches. The river mouth and surrounding coastal saltmarsh offer a unique experience for birdwatching, recreational fishing, kayaking and swimming. Be sure to look out for rare and threatened birds, including the Hooded Plover and Eastern Great Egret or iconic native fish such as Estuary Perch or Black Bream. This area has Aboriginal Cultural Heritage significance and as such is important to the local Bunurong community.

Things to do in the area

A man walks along Willimsons Beach with footprints behind at sunset


Discover the rich history and diverse beach, heathland and rural landscapes of Wonthaggi. Follow the Bass Coast Rail Trail to the town centre and tour the State Coal Mine.
Two men with hats and backpacks walk along the George Bass Coastal Walk

Walking in Yallock-Bulluk

Take the George Bass Coastal Trail along the windswept cliffs and picturesque beaches, explore the heathlands and wetlands south of Wonthaggi or simply stroll along one of the many ocean beaches.
A picture of an Orchid taken in the Wonthaggi section of Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Yallock-Bulluk Unique Coastal Landscapes and Species

Try to spot some of our beloved whales during migration seasons, keep an eye out for seals and dolphins and explore the unique geology of this coastline where important dinosaur fossils have been discovered.
View of the beach and dunes at The Oaks, Yallock Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Beach activities at Yallock-Bulluk

Swim at the patrolled beaches at Cape Paterson and Inverloch, dive or snorkel around the reefs, enjoy some family-friendly fun in the rock pools or relax with a beach picnic.
A man sits on a chair while fishing at Powlett River

Fishing and Boating at Yallock-Bulluk

Set out in a kayak or motorboat to explore the spectacular coastline by sea. Try your luck at line fishing in various parts of the park, both onshore and by boat. Fishing is not permitted in the Bunurong Marine National Park.
A woman walking her dog along the beach at Undertow Bay in Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Dog walking in Yallock-Bulluk

Bring your furry friend along to the designated dog-friendly tracks and beaches in the park.

How to get there

San Remo - Kilcunda

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.

Follow the South Gippsland Highway 120km south-east of Melbourne and head towards Phillip Island to arrive at San Remo and the western edge of the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. Alternatively, continue the Bass Highway to reach Kilcunda.



When to go

The unspoilt beaches married with the warmer weather of summer makes for perfect beachcombing conditions.

Make the most of beachside and water activities. Swim and snorkel to discover the unique marine life, go surfing or try your luck fishing. Summer is the breeding season of the vulnerable Hooded Plover, so be mindful around dunes and high tide marks so that you don’t disturb them.

Need to know

San Remo - Kilcunda

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