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					                                   Cape Conran Coastal Park
                                   Walks and Visitor Guide
                                   The Cape Conran Coastal Park offers a variety of opportunities for walkers. Many shorter
                                   walks can be taken around the Cape itself or there are longer walks for the more adventurous.
                                   There are kilometres of white sandy beaches to ramble along.
                                   The Cape Conran Coastal Park is located 420km east of Melbourne. The park is 11,000
                                   hectares in area, encompassing Point Ricardo in the west and Sydenham Inlet to the east.


                                   How to get there                                 barrier. The Inlet is fed by the east and west
                                                                                    branches of Dock Creek from a pristine
                                   Cape Conran can be reached via the Princes       catchment. The shallow tannin coloured waters
                                   Highway turning off at Cabbage Tree Creek or     support a diverse range of waterfowl.
                                   via Orbost and Marlo to the west. The eastern
                                   section of the park can be reached by turning    Keep an eye out for the White-bellied Sea
                                   off the highway east of Cabbage Tree Creek       Eagles which are often seen in the area. The
                                   to Bemm River.                                   walk is marked by posts set in the dunes from
                                                                                    the beach or signed from the powerline track.
                                   Abundant Beach Walks                             This walk can also be a return walk via the
                                                                                    Power line track and Yeerung River.
                                   Some of the more popular beach walks are
                                   around Cape Conran itself. The day visitor       Distance approx 14km or 5–6 hours return
                                   areas on the east and west sides of the Cape     from the Yeerung River.
                                   provide easy access to the beach.
                                                                                    Yeerung River and Estuary
                                   From West Cape beach you can stroll up to
                                   Conran Creek or keep going the seven             Estuary View Trail
                                   kilometres to Point Ricardo which takes          Experience the rich diversity of flora and fauna
                                   approximately three hours one way. Along the     which is found in the lower reaches of the
                                   East Cape you can walk up the beach to the       Yeerung River walking the Estuary View Trail.
                                   Yeerung River which takes approximately one      A different perspective to the river is especially
                                   and a half hours one way. From here you can      noticeable at sunset and sunrise when the birds
                                   keep walking to Dock Inlet or Pearl Point.       are at their most active and the water is often
                                   Pearl Point                                      calm and reflections clear. The track also allows
  Parks Victoria Ranger                                                             access to the coastline east of the river when
                                   From East Cape it is a 25km round trip to        the entrance is breached.
                                   Pearl Point and is recommended only for the
                                   more energetic walker. This can be a difficult   Distance: 1.5km, 1 hour return.
  “Victoria has all the outdoors
you could wish for – mountains,    walk due to soft beach sand. Pearl Point         Yeerung Gorge – a jewel on the Cape
forests, beaches and bushland,     features spectacular sedimentary rock
                                   formations, rolling sand dunes and               This surprising landform harbours some locally
     all preserved in our parks.
                                   an abundance of seabird and sea                   unusual vegetation associations and contains
  Our natural landscapes have
                                   life. It is also a popular spot for surf           several deep dark rock pools fed by the
 been here longer than anyone
                                   fishing. There is road access from                   babbling East Yeerung River. You can reach
  knows, and together we can
                                   Bemm River which may become                          the gorge which is deeply incised into the
make sure they’re here forever.”                                                        coastal plain, by crossing the Yeerung
                                   impassable after rain. Distance:
                                   25km return.                                         Bridge and taking the power line track and
                                                                                        then East Yeerung Track to the carpark.
                                   Dock Inlet                                          Alternatively leave your car at the bridge as
     For more information          Soak up the serenity of                             the track can be unsuitable for 2wd vehicles.
    call the Parks Victoria        Dock Inlet, a unique land                           Distance: 3–4 hours return from the
        Information Centre         locked expanse of fresh                             bridge or 20 mins one way from East
              on 13 1963 or        water isolated from the                             Yeerung Track car park.
       visit our website at        coast by a coastal dune
   www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
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                                                     Cape Conran
                                                                                                                Recreational Facilities
                                                     Coastal Park
                                                                                                                Picnic area                                Disabled access                     0            1            2
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                                                                                                                Park information                           Swimming                            K I L O M E T R E S
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                                                                                                                                                                                               Cartography by Charles Walsh
                                                                                                                                                                                               Nature Tourism Services 99/4
                                                         Minor/unsealed road
                                                                                                                Camping                                    Telephone
                                                         Vehicle track
                                                                                                                Lookout                                    Canoeing
                                                         Walking track
                                                                                                                Guided walk                                Fishing
                                                         Cape Conran Coastal                                                                                                                 MELBOURNE
                                                         Park                                                   Shower                                     Carpark
                                                         Beware Reef Marine                                     Scuba diving                               Gas barbecue
                                                         Park

                                                         Water body
For further information
                contact               Cape Conran (cont'd)
             Parks Victoria           Heathland Walk
        Information Centre
                    13 1963           A walk through the heathland can
        or visit our website          be full of surprises. Many birds feed
   www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
                                      on the nectar rich plants and occasional
                                      ground parrots are sighted. The grass
         Parks Victoria office        trees in flower provide a post for the
        171 Nicholson Street
            Orbost Vic 3888           rosellas to hang from and feed. Lizards
         Ph. (03) 5161 1222           and Lace Monitors ( large goannas) are
                                      common.
   Cape Conran Managers
      Cape Conran Road                Distance: Approx 1–1.5 hours return. The
 PO Box 18 Marlo Vic 3888
                                      walk starts near the activities centre on the
       Ph. (03) 5154 8438
       www.conran.net.au              west side of the camp road (see map).

         Snow River Visitor
                                                                                            Abundant
                                      East Cape Boardwalk
        Information Centre                                                                  Wildlife
      154 Nicholson Street
                                      Cape Conran is rich in our cultural heritage – both
           Orbost Vic 3888
        Ph. (03) 5154 1310            Aboriginal and post European. The East Cape           There are many plants and animals found at
  Or Freecall 1800 637 060            boardwalk was a joint project of then National        Cape Conran. The Nature Trail brochure has
                                      Parks Service and Moogji Aboriginal Council in        drawings of some of the common birds, animals
                                                                                            and plants as well as the tracks and traces to
            Caring for the            Orbost. The boardwalk rounds the East Cape to
             environment              Cowrie Bay. Along the way interpretive signage        look for. There are interpretive panels at the
                                      gives you a glimpse of the uses Aboriginal people     Activities Centre at Conran which explain some
 The coastal environment is                                                                 of the history of the area as well as the flora and
a fragile one. Please follow
                                      made of the many resources around the Cape.
 these commonsense rules:             The boardwalk joins the Nature Trail and a            fauna found around the cape. During May to
                                      complete loop can be made back to East Cape           October whales may be sighted off the coast
   Stay on walking tracks to                                                                and dolphins are often seen.
        prevent erosion and           day visitor area or continue on to the West Cape
          damage to plants.           and Salmon Rocks Beach. The Salmon Rocks
                                      lookout is part of the Batuluk Cultural Trail and     A Coastal Life
       Your rubbish is your
  responsibility - “carry out         has information on Aboriginal midden sites.
                                                                                            The flora and fauna of the coast have many
what you carry in”. Rubbish           Distance: Approx 1–1.5 hrs return.
    should be placed in the                                                                 links. Birds and animals feed on the plants, plants
             bins provided.                                                                 rely upon insects and birds for pollination and
                                      Nature Trail                                          the ocean provides food for sea birds, humans
   All native plants, animals
    and natural features are          The Cape Conran Nature Trail begins in the East       and other sea creatures. A complete ecosystem
                   protected.         Cape day visitor area and continues across the        relies upon all of nature working together to
                                      cape to the western side. The Nature Trail provides   function. The unspoilt nature of Cape Conran is
     Fires may only be lit in
    fireplaces provided and           insight into the special nature of a coastal          a good example of these interrelationships
 never on days of Total Fire                                                                between all living things.
                                      environment From Joiners Channel and the boat
      Ban (Eastern District).
                                      ramp there are trails around to Salmon Rocks
 Please do not feed or offer          Beach.                                                BEWARE REEF:
    food to any wildlife as it
   fosters dependence and             Distance: Approx 1.5–2 hrs return via                 Marine Sanctuary
        may cause disease.            boardwalk.
                                                                                            Marine national parks and sanctuaries are areas
 Respect traffic speed rules
    and No Parking signs.
                                                                                            of the sea, established to protect a sample of
                                                                                            Victoria's marine plants and animals and their
   Please remember that all                                                                 habitats. Beware Reef, located approximately
      visitors have a right to
         peaceful relaxation.                                                               5km offshore from Cape Conran, is a marine
                                                                                            sanctuary of approximately 200 hectares. The
     Should you not wish to                                                                 sanctuary is known for its representation of reef
 keep this park note, please
    practice conservation by                                                                environments in Victoria and its values for
 returning it to the park note                                                              underwater recreation. For further information
       box outside the office
                                                                                            or a parknote on Beware Reef contact Orbost
        Cape Conran Coastal Park                                                            Parks Victoria office on 13 1963.
  Walks and Visitor Guide park note
                    December 2005

				
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