Victoria’s Most Underrated Holiday Destination for 2020

Cape Paterson Ocean View Villas Sept 2019 Bbee Photography (21) Edit

More and more people are discovering this quiet and charming seaside village located in South Gippsland along the Bass Coast Shire. Nearby to larger towns of Wonthaggi and Inverloch, Cape Paterson is popular for its six beaches, pristine waters, a rockpool and jaw-dropping views of one of Victoria’s most spectacular coastlines.

It will take you around 90 minutes from Melbourne, or 40 minutes from Phillip Island to reach Cape Paterson and once you’re here you can kick-back and relax on your outdoor porch, and enjoy the views of the sea from your Ocean View Villa at Cape Paterson Holiday Park.

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1: Aerial shot of the rockpool. Image: My Gippsland Photo.


The Beaches

With ocean sweeping views during sunset, there are six surf beaches in and around town to choose from with safe swimming beaches perfect for kids of all ages.

There are also options of water sports available from paddle boarding, to surfing and windsurfing where there are some excellent world-class beach breaks. The Bay Beach is protected by a natural rock break which gives ideal and still snorkelling conditions. This is a very popular snorkelling spot especially during the warmer months and is abundant with sea life and kelp gardens.

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2: One of six beaches in Cape Paterson. Image: Live At The Cape.

Bunurong Marine National Park

With a remarkable range of habitats for flora, fauna and marine life, the 2,100-hectare Bunurong Marine is home to a delicate ecosystem of sea creatures, rocky reefs, seagrass beds and kelp forests.

The principal features of the park are the striking rock formations including the large rock structure called Eagles Nest – this also resembles the top half of a map of Australia!

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3: Eagles Nest. Image: Instagram @ChrisCaptures_

Make the most of the crystal-clear waters, as this part of Gippsland offers visitors wonderful scuba diving and snorkelling. As fishing is prohibited in the Marine Park the marine life is diverse and plentiful. Rock ledges and gullies provide excellent skin-diving opportunities, the broad rock platforms and underwater reefs of the Marine Park support a great range of habitats of more than 87 species of fish, including different types of rays, blue-throated wrasse and Port Jackson sharks. Look out for starfish, lobsters and marine snails too! Popular snorkelling spots are Eagle’s Nest, Shack Bay and Flat Rocks.

The Local Food

With plenty of fresh locally grown produce, the Gippsland has some of the best cafes and restaurants in the region. The Cape Tavern is the town’s favourite eatery with a good selection of pub-style food, fresh seafood and locally caught fish and chips.

Have time for a long lunch and after something a little different? The Wonthaggi State Coal Mine Café serves a delicious homemade pie, and also offers a 90-minute 250m underground coalmine tour of the grounds where you will learn about the mining history of the area. It’s a fascinating tour and suitable for kids too!

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4: Underground Tour at Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. Image: Facebook Wonthaggi State Coal Mine Cafe.

Ready to book your trip for 2020? We have plenty of accommodation options at Cape Paterson Holiday Park, from 2 and 3-bedroom Ocean View Villas, sites or book your caravan or camp-site on our website.

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