Bunurong Marine & Coastal Park

Top choice in Victoria

A stunning, cliff-hugging drive between Inverloch and Cape Paterson, this beautiful stretch of coast offers some fantastic views, secluded beaches and some of Australia’s best snorkelling and diving. Eagles Nest, Shack Bay, The Caves and Twin Reefs are great for snorkelling, while The Oaks is the locals’ favourite surf beach. In the early 1990s dinosaur remains dating back 120 million years were discovered at The Caves, where a dinosaur footprint can be seen at low tide.

The Bunurong Indigenous people are the traditional custodians of this land.

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Nearby Victoria attractions

1. Venus Bay

10.19 MILES

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2. Thirsty Work Studio Gallery

13.67 MILES

On the road to Venus Bay, this well-curated contemporary gallery space exhibits eclectic works by mainly local artists.

3. Islantis Surf Experience

18.26 MILES

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4. Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

18.74 MILES

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5. National Vietnam Veterans Museum

19.38 MILES

This well-presented museum next to the island's air field tells the sobering story of the 521 Australians who died during the Vietnam War. It features…

6. Churchill Island

19.73 MILES

Regarded as a sacred site by its traditional owners, this island is connected to Phillip Island by a bridge near Newhaven. Excavated middens suggest that…

7. Koonwarra Farmers Market

20.15 MILES

Koonwarra's farmers market has mostly organic everything (fruit, vegetables, berries, coffee), plus hormone-free beef and chemical-free cheeses.

8. Coal Creek Village

20.35 MILES

The site of a historic coal mine is now a recreation of a 19th-century mining town. A little less polished and touristy than other similar places in…