Cape Paterson-Inverloch Rd, Cape Paterson VIC
Description: The broad rock platforms and underwater reefs of Bunurong Marine Park support a remarkable range of habitats, containing a diverse array of plants and animals. There are a number of good spots to snorkel in the park such as Flat Rocks with its profusion of large rock pools and The Caves which has a large pool opening out to the sea that is accessible at low tide.
At least 87 species of fish have been recorded within the waters of the widely loved Bunurong Marine National Park. Common species of fish sighted by recreational divers within the park include: Blue-throated Wrasse, Common Bullseye, Old Wife, Gunns Leatherjacket, Scalyfin, Tasmanian Blenny, Stranger, many species of shark (eg GummyShark, School Shark, Common Saw Shark, Cat Shark, Angel Shark and Elephant Shark), Mullet, Pike, Flathead, Snapper, Tailor, King George Whiting and Barracouta. Brightly coloured sea stars, feather stars, crabs, large marine snails and many smaller animals are plentiful here. Around the rocks at Eagles Nest and Twin Reefs, numerous Port Jackson Sharks rest under the ledges, Southern Rock Lobsters fill the crevices and Zebra Fish, Sweep and Wrasse dart about the seaweed.
Cape Paterson is also becoming well known for its Weedy Sea Dragon colonies and recently for significant rotolith discoveries. Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Gunaikurnai identify the Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park as their Traditional Country.
- These beaches may have strong rips and currents and may not patrolled by Lifesavers. For more information visit www.lifesavingvictoria.com.au
- Rock fishermen are advised to exercise extreme caution. Download the rock fishing safety brochure (multiple languages)
- For multilingual information on rips and beach safety visit https://beachsafe.org.au/surf-safety/multilingual