Cape Liptrap Coastal Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is spread across 4.175 ha, stretching along the coast
from the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the sheltered waters of Waratah Bay.
From the calm beautiful sunny days, where families and friends enjoy the sand
and surf of Victoria's longest sandpit stretching from Beach No 1 to Beach No 5,
the coastal park can suddenly change into a wild, windy and awe inspiring stormy
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is situated some 160 kms south east of
Melbourne. It is
accessible from the South Gippsland Highway at
Leongatha or the Bass
Highway from Inverloch.
Many holiday makers stay in the idyllic
Venus Bay, offering a
range of accommodation options.
Check out our listing of
additional attractions, tours and other information
contact the local tourism visitor centre.
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Attractions
Flora and Fauna
The Park features extensive coastal heathlands of Scented Paperbark, Common
Heath, Scrub She-oak, Dwarf She-Oak, Pink Swampy-heath, Prickly Tea-tree, Silver
Banksia, and Bushy Hakea.
At Point Smythe and south along the coastal sand dunes, thickets of Coast
Tea-tree together with stands of Coast Banksia are found. In the southern half
of the park, opens forest of Manna Gum and Messmate Stringybark occur.
These forest are important habitant for a variety of birds and mammals,
providing protection, hollows, and nesting sites.
In this region can be found the Common Brushtail Possum, Ringtail Possum and
Sugar Gliders, all are nocturnal, resting in hollows during the day, to emerge
at night. Other animals found in the region include the Common Wombat, Swamp
Wallaby, Koala, Echidna and the rare Swamp Antechinus. The extensive heathlands
near Walkerville are home to the Southern Emu Wren and a diverse range of
Honeyeaters. Other birds include the Eastern Whipbird, Crimson Rosella, Pied
Currawong, whilst along the coast can be seen Pacific Gulls, Silver Gulls, Sooty
Oyster Catchers, Herons, Cormorants and Australian Gannets.
Ranging from the exposures of metamorphic rocks to recent sand deposits, the
park diverse land forms featured along the coast include rock platforms, steep
cliffs, sea caves, stacks and sandy beaches.
Cape Liptrap is a narrow peninsula formed by the spine of the Hoddle Range
running out to sea. It consists of steep cliffs of folded marine sediments
flanked by rock pinnacles and wave cut platforms.
Between Venus Bay and Cape Liptrap, the coast varies between cliffs of dune
limestone with rock stacks and pebble beaches, to broad sandy beached backed by
Mudstone, shale and sandstone, together with fossil-rich limestone outcrop
within the low cliffs at Bell Point and Walkerville South, while gemstones such
as jasper and serpentine are often found in the sheltered coves.
There are a number of walking tracks to enjoy, including:
- Point Smythe Nature Trail
6 km circuit - approximately 2 hours
This circuit walk take you to Anderson Inlet then through thick coastal
vegetation that is typical of the park. The track is particularly sheltered
on windy days along the coast.
- Anderson Inlet Walk
2 km one way - 40 minutes one way
This track follows the southern edge of Anderson Inlet east to the carpark
at Doyles Road. The track takes you along the intertidal mudflats of the
inlet where you can see a great variety of marine plants and animals
including mangroves rich in bird life.
- Limeburners Walk
750 m - about 15 minutes one way
This track links the north and south settlement of Walkerville through
stands of Drooping She-oak and past limestone cliffs and the ruins of lime
kilns. A short side track leads to the historic Walkerville cemetery.
- Outlook Walk
1.2 km - about 45 minutes one way
This track links the caravan park at Walkerville North with the Prom View
Estate. The track leads through coastal woodlands with a diverse
understorey. A side track (700 m) leads to a viewing platform overlooking
Waratah Bay with the peaks of Wilsons Promontory as a backdrop.
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Other Links
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
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website. Please note that website address can often change due to changes in
government responsibilities often because of changes in which party is in
government. To find the national park section, just go to the main
Victoria Government and
use the phrase "Parks Victoria" for your search on the site. You should then be
presented with link results that include the department responsible for national parks in the state. You
can also search directly on the government site for the national park itself.