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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.

Marine parks

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.

Welcome visitors

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.

Gippsland's biodiversity

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.

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Marine wildlife

National parks & reserves

Cape Liptrap Coastal Park

Stretching along the coast from the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the sheltered waters of Waratah Bay, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park has strikingly...

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Cape Conran Coastal Park

Witness the wild beauty of the East Gippsland coast with a spot of surf fishing or a walk along ocean beaches, serene inlets and coastal heathlands.

National parks & reserves

Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park

Located about six kilometres south-west of Inverloch in South Gippsland, this proposed park covers 2100 hectares and about five kilometres of...

National parks & reserves

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is a diver's paradise, featuring spectacular underwater scenery. Granite cliffs plunge below the surface and...

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Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park

Nestled between Waratah Bay and the majestic peaks of Wilsons Promontory, the sheltered waters of Shallow Inlet provide a secluded and peaceful...

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Corner Inlet Marine National Park

This 1,550 hectare park is located to the north and east of Wilsons Promontory National Park adjacent to the southern shores of Corner Inlet. The...

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Nooramunga Marine & Coastal Parks

Protected from the pounding surf of Bass Strait by barrier islands, the quiet waters of Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park create an intricate...


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