Summer along the Bass Coast and Cape Paterson

Cape Paterson Bay Beach

With long days filled with sunshine, Cape Paterson is a great place to spend your summer. Choose to spend your days by the beach, try out surfing lessons, explore the beautiful surroundings by our holiday park, or relax with a day of fishing. Whatever you choose to do, the Bass Coast is an underrated destination and a hidden gem in Victoria – 90 minutes away from Melbourne.


The Oaks is situated only a 3-minute drive from the township of Cape Paterson, and this hidden surfing spot offers sweeping views of Victoria’s coastline. It is one of the few beaches with a sandy surf zone along this rocky section of the coast. This place is also a decent spot for fishing from the rock platforms.

Never surfed? You can also sign up for lessons with Offshore Surf School in Inverloch, a great local school offering private and group classes for all levels.

Cape Paterson Beach (also called First Surf) is a relatively safe beach fronted by a wide shallow bar with waves averaging 1.3 metres, but do be wary of the rocks and reefs at each end. This beach is patrolled by lifeguards over the summer months.

Cape-patterson Surf Ty Hamilton
1: Surfing in Cape Paterson. Image: Ty Hamilton (Surf-Forecast)

Day at the beach

First Surf is a popular spot as it lies off the holiday town of Cape Paterson, with toilet and changing facilities – it’s a perfect day out for the whole family!

With spectacular views along Cape Paterson Bay Beach, there are also amenities nearby with a small playground for kids and even a man-made pool suitable for toddlers. Families can wander around and discover the number of rock pools in the area. It’s a great day out for swimming or strolling along the beach. Don’t forget to bring a kayak too!

Kite Surfing, Cape Paterson
2: Try Kitesurfing in Cape Paterson. Image: Paddles55 TripAdvisor.


With plenty of spots for surf and rock fishing, Cape Paterson offers some of the best fishing in the area. Undertow Bay is a great spot for catching Mullet and Salmon. While Brown Bay usually has Whiting and Snapper (Pinky) in the waters. The nearby Tarwin River has accessible fishing platforms too where you can catch Bream. Looking for beach fishing? With persistent rip holes and gutters together with reefs close inshore, Second Surf is an ideal place.

The Channel is a small but popular spot with excellent rock platforms, located immediately east of the main Cape Paterson Surf Beach.

Do note that all fishing is prohibited in the Bunurong Marine Park.

Bunurong Marine National Park

Take some time on your holiday to drive along the 14km scenic route from Cape Paterson to Inverloch. With 5 different stops along the way, you’ll see some rocky headlands, sandy beaches with drop gorgeous views of the rugged coastlines. Some stunning scenery that cannot be missed when you’re visiting this special part of Victoria!

Eagles Nest, Trover - Stephanie Mizuno
3: Eagles Nest, Bunurong Marina National Park. Image: Trover by Stephanie Mizuno.


Ready for your summer trip? Book your accommodation with us at Cape Paterson Holiday Park. We have 2 and 3-bedroom Ocean View Villas, Glamping sites or book your caravan site on our website.

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