Explore the ocean beaches and native heathlands around Wonthaggi. Surf the Southern Ocean swells, snorkel near Harmers Haven or immerse yourself in the local history.
The Bass Coast Rail Trail (15km one way) forms an important link between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi and passes through sections of the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. This trail leads pedestrians across the iconic heritage-listed Kilcunda Trestle Railway Bridge, before heading inland to Wonthaggi and the State Coal Mine Historic Area. This is a mixed-use path popular with cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
Williamsons Beach is popular for surfing and fishing, but please be aware this beach is not patrolled. 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.
Ocean beaches in the park are home to the charismatic Hooded Plover, a highly vulnerable little shorebird. You may see their tiny chicks on the sand during the summer months. Please tread carefully and follow all regulations when walking your dog along the beaches to help protect this special little species.
Discover the underwater world of the park at Harmers Haven by snorkelling and diving or exploring the rockpools along the shoreline. Close by is Wreck Beach, named for the three masted barque the Artisan, which foundered here in 1901. Artefacts of the ship are occasionally exposed on the beach and within the subtidal reef area.
Experience the unique coastal ecosystems that lie just beyond the beaches, following tracks through to Baxter’s Wetland or the Wonthaggi Heathlands. Explore the heathlands on foot and see one of the last remaining pockets of coastal heathlands in the area. During spring, the heathlands host a spectacular display of wildflowers, including the endangered Eastern Spider Orchid. With the help of local friends’ groups, Parks Victoria has restored parts of the Heathlands from pine plantations and grazing land to a thriving native heathland. The diverse vegetation is now teeming with wildlife, from echidnas and Swamp Wallabies to the endangered Swamp Antechinus and Southern Brown Bandicoot, as well as over 80 bird species.
Things to do in the area
Horse riding in Yallock-Bulluk
Beach activities at Yallock-Bulluk
Fishing and Boating at Yallock-Bulluk
Yallock-Bulluk Unique Coastal Landscapes and Species
Dog walking in Yallock-Bulluk
How to get there
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.
Wonthaggi is 140km south-east of Melbourne. Exit the South Gippsland Highway and follow the Bass Highway into Wonthaggi. Once in Wonthaggi, follow signs to key visitor attractions heading south-west towards the coast..
When to go
Make the most of beachside and water activities. Swim or snorkel to discover the unique marine life, go surfing or try your luck fishing.
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.