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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 region.

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 Venus Bay accommodation. For additional attractions, tours and other information contact the local tourism visitor centre.

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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.
Geological Matters
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 high dunes.

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.
Walking Tracks
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.

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