Top 5 Day Trips from Cape Paterson

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Holidaying in Cape Paterson opens the door to some of the most stunning destination on the Mornington Peninsula & Gippsland. We’ve put together our list of the top 5-day trips you can easily take from Cape Paterson so, get ready to pack up the car and head off!

Peninsula Hot Springs

Hop in the car for just under 2 hours and you’ll arrive at the Peninsula Hot Springs, the ultimate relaxation spot. Sink into the natural geothermal mineral waters that flow from 637 metres below ground into over 50 pools and private baths. Take your time wandering through the natural surrounds, exploring the different experiences. Bookings are essential, so make sure you check out their website here and book your spot to avoid missing out. Kids are welcome and there are a few options for dining within the facility, so you won’t have to worry about going hungry!


1: Peninsula Hot Springs. Source: Peninsula Hot Springs


Delve deep into Victoria’s mining history, explore a range of above-ground heritage sites and embark on scenic walks at Wonthaggi, a town built on the industry of ‘black gold’ – coal. The State Coal Mine is a must-see in town, taking you back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the early 20th century.

Take a break for lunch at Udder & Hoe, a hidden gem nestled just a few minutes away from the main town. It may be small in size, but it’s certainly big in heart, offering fresh produce and a huge range of local bits and pieces to take home with you.

Head back into town and take in the views of the stunning Bass Strait from various lookouts dotted along the George Bass Coastal Walk, keep your camera handy to capture local wildlife and the jagged coastline.


2: George Bass Coastal Walk. Source: Walking Maps


Just 15 minutes up the road, you’ll find yourself in the charming seaside town of Inverloch. Swimmers, water sports enthusiasts and surfers flock to the beaches during warmer months, while the surrounding walks and drives make the village a popular year-round destination. Pack up the beach bag and set yourself up for a day of sun, sand and food! Head down to Inverloch Surf Beach to catch your first wave and let the kids play in the clear waters, if you’re a real beginner sign up for a lesson with Off Shore Surf School and they’ll have you riding the waves in no time. Venture back into town for a bite to eat at one of the many great options dotted throughout town. A couple of our favourites are Vaughans Café and Deli, a great family owned and operated spot serving up fresh, local produce or if you’re in the mood for something sweet try The Local, their pastries are to die for!

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3: Inverloch Beach. Source:

Wilson’s Prom

Rich in Aboriginal culture, Wilson’s Promontory is the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and about a 2-hour drive from Cape Paterson. Pack your walking shoes and bathers and explore remote coastal bushland trails and swim at pristine beaches dominated by granite tors. Swim at Norman Beach or go snorkelling for a unique underwater view of Victoria’s largest marine park. If you’re feeling more adventurous, scale the granite peaks of Mount Bishop or Mount Oberon, taking in panoramic views of one of Victoria’s most picturesque destinations.


4: Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Source: Visit Victoria

Phillip Island

Idyllic beaches, captivating coastlines, family fun activities and adventure await you on Phillip Island, just a 45 minute drive from Cape Paterson. Spend your morning speeding around the 750m Go Kart track, a replica of the world-renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Situated alongside the circuit and overlooking Bass Strait, this unique Go Kart track is strung along some of the most breath-taking coastline on the Island.

Take a break from the adventure sports and grab a bite to eat at Café Lugano, serving up mouth-watering dishes, guaranteed to hit the spot! We can’t go past their famous Grilled Chicken Burger, it’s delicious!

Spend your afternoon lounging on one the many beaches around the Island or wandering in and out of the local shops dotted around the streets but, save some energy for the main event at night. The Penguin Parade, perhaps the most well-known attraction on the island, gives you the chance to see the world’s smallest penguin every night at sunset as they waddle from their daily sea adventures to their homes in the sand dunes, it’s a must do for everyone!

If you’ve fallen in love with Phillip Island from spending just one day here, book your next holiday at Phillip Island Caravan Park and experience more of what the island has to offer.

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5: Phillip Island. Source: Visit Victoria


Ready explore your backyard? 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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