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Cape Nelson State Park

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The picnic areas at Cape Nelson State Park set in quiet bush surroundings are an ideal location for a pleasant meal with family and friends.

A range of linked tracks offer the opportunity to walk as little or as much as desired, allowing you to explore the spectacular coastal cliffs, diverse bird life and picturesque surrounds of the park.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Local directions:

The Park is located 11 km South West of Portland along the Cape Nelson Road. Maps are available at the local tourist office or from Parks Victoria's office in Portland. The Cape also has a return or alternative route called "The Norman Wade Scenic Drive" which takes the visitor past the entrance to Cape Nelson State Park picnic area and several other ocean lookouts including the spectacular lookout at Yellow Rock. Portland is situated about 400 km west of Melbourne and about 600 km east of Adelaide.

  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Self guided
  • Bushwalking