The Cape Conran Nature Trail explores white sandy beaches, rock pools, boardwalks, banksia woodlands and lookouts. Turn off to follow the boardwalk around East Cape to Cowrie Bay where interpretive signs explain the Aboriginal significance of the coast. Climb the steps from the beach to take the trail through coastal heathland back to Sailors Grave (East Cape car park) or continue to West Cape and Salmon Rocks Beach.
Location: Cape Conran Coastal Park
Distance: 3.2km one way
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes (side trip to East Cape 400m)
Grade: Level 2–3 with some rocky sections.
Level 2 – No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps. Walks up to 10km.
Level 3 – Bushwalking experience and a good level of fitness required. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited. Walks may be more than 20km.
Start: East Cape Beach
Finish: Salmon Rocks
Getting there: Turn off Princes Highweay (A1) at Orbost onto Marlo Road (C107). Travel through Marlo to East Cape Road and the Sailors Grave car park.
All-terrain wheelchairs are available from Cape Conran Coastal Park Cabins and Camping (03 5154 8438) so that those with significant physical disabilities are able to explore the great outdoors. The chairs are suited for sandy and semi rough tracks, making it easier to access the many stunning trails at Cape Conran. A TrailRider chair is also available and is suited for adults and older children. Free hire for park visitors.
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