Gippsland's expansive coastline and winding waterways play host to a diverse range of marine inhabitants, from the sandy beaches around Gippsland Lakes to the rock pools of Cape Conran. It's worth delving beneath the surface to see the region's remarkable underwater residents up close.
Choose from a wide range of dedicated marine and coastal parks, created to protect and preserve the habitat of the local marine wildlife. Check out Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park, known to have one of the highest species diversity levels of any place on the planet. Make the trip to Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park to see the fish that live in its sandstone reefs, or visit the seals at Cape Conran Coastal Park, also a popular spot for fishing and swimming.
Gippsland is not just for family holidaymakers and gourmands – it is also a prime spot for underwater visitors. If you're lucky, you may see humpback whales, elephant seals, southern right whales and dolphins at certain times of the year.
Cast a line out for snapper, flathead or even salmon from the surf beaches of Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, or pedal out to Corner Inlet to see migratory birds fishing for food in the marshland.
Discover the region's biodiversity, recognised all around the world. In the waters of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, divers can spot starfish, brightly coloured fish, and sea molluscs among the underwater sponge gardens. Octopi emerge at night while sharks and sting-rays roam the sandy areas.
Hop aboard a tour boat and spot colonies of fur seals and ocean birds on the surrounding islands.