PAGE 102 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE NOWA NOWA BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN BEMM RIVER Cape Conran Coastal Park Discover the wild beauty of the East Gippsland coast at Cape Conran Coastal Park. With its powerful ocean beaches and scenic nature trails this park is a paradise for water loving enthusiasts and bushwalkers alike. Immerse yourself in the wilderness by staying at the Banksia Bluff campground, which offers a mix of campsites including dog friendly sites, self-contained cabins and a large group lodge. Book at parkstay.vic.gov.au For more information visit parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963. The rugged beauty of Cape Conran Comprising heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands, the 11,000 hectares surrounding Cape Conran in Eastern Victoria was declared a coastal park in 1997. It is a great area for water activities such as swimming, diving, boating, fishing or rock pooling, exploring the natural wonders on foot with plenty of walking tracks, or birdwatching with the park brimming with nectar-feeding birds. Cape Conran can be reached via the Princes Highway by turning off at Cabbage Tree Creek or via Orbost and Marlo to the west. The eastern section of the park can be reached by turning off the Highway east of Cabbage Tree Creek to Bemm River. Cape Conran Coastal Park is a popular park for local people and visitors from further afield for its stunning coastal scenery, heathlands, ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds. It offers a plethora of options for water loving enthusiasts including swimming, diving, boating, fishing or rock pooling. Experience the park by foot on the self-guided Cape Conran Nature Trail or the magnificent Dock Inlet and Pearl Point day walks. The remote Wilderness Coast Walk extends 100km from the eastern shores of Sydenham Inlet in neighbouring Croajingolong National Park. Boat transport may need to be arranged, or low tide required, to safely cross the entrances of Sydenham Inlet and Tamboon Inlet if open to the sea. Call Parks Victoria to check latest conditions. For those wanting to head out onto the water, there is a boat ramp located at West Cape for when sea and weather conditions are suitable. However, it is regularly subject to sand and kelp build- up due to being an ocean boat ramp. Visit the parkweb website for the latest ramp conditions and web-cam views. For visitors wanting to explore this area more, why not extend your stay at the Cape Conran Coastal Park Banksia Bluff campground and cabins? They are bookable through the Parks Victoria Parkstay website. Explore the rugged coastal beauty of the Cape Conran Coastal Park.