A Summer Escape in Cape Paterson

Cape Paterson Cliff

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.


Surf’s Up

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.

New to surfing? 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 good option for a safe beach fronted by a wide shallow bar with waves averaging 1.3 metres, just be careful of the rocks and reefs at each end. This beach is patrolled by lifeguards over the summer months.


1: Surfing in Cape Paterson. Source: Visit Victoria

Spend a 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!

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2: Cape Paterson Beach. Source: Top Parks


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.


3: Cape Paterson Beach Fishing. Source: Top Parks

Bunurong Marine National Park

Take some time 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 dead gorgeous views of the rugged coastlines. Some stunning scenery that cannot be missed when you’re visiting this special part of Victoria! Pack your camera and make sure to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #CapePatersonHolidayPark in your snaps.

Cape Paterson Cliff

4: Bunurong Marine National Park. Source: Wikipedia


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

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