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Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park spans along a 40km stretch of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch on Bunurong Country.

Victoria’s Great Outdoors is investing $20.6m to extend and upgrade trails and lookouts that will provide more recreational opportunities and boost local tourism. This investment will support:

  • project planning and design
  • community engagement
  • upgrade and extension of walking trails
  • upgrades to camping areas and facilities
Cape Paterson
Cape Paterson on Bass Coast

Proclaimed on 1 May 2021, the park combines existing parks and reserves along the coast and includes Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. These sites will continue to be carefully conserved and protected, including shell deposits, artefact scatters and a grinding stone site.

Partnering with Traditional Owners

The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation are project partners and work closely with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Parks Victoria and Bass Coast Shire Council to achieve the long-term vision for this park.

Naming the park

The Park’s name honours the Yallock-Bulluk Clan of the Bunurong People, whose Country stretches from Tooradin in the west to the Tarwin River in the east.

'Yallock’ is the Bunurong word for creek or river and ‘Bulluk’ means swamp.

Protecting the environment

The Park combines existing parks and reserves, including:

  • Bunurong Marine Park
  • Bunurong Coastal Reserve
  • Punchbowl Coastal Reserve
  • Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve
  • Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve
  • parts of the San Remo Foreshore Reserve
  • parts of the Kilcunda Foreshore Reserve
  • parts of the Cape Paterson Foreshore Reserve

The Park’s environmental protection will be as good as, if not better, than previously for these parks and reserves. Recreational and commercial fishing will still be allowed in Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park.

The Bunurong Marine National Park is not included in the park and will remain protected as it is now.

Creating an iconic walking trail

The long-term vision for this park is to create a staged iconic trail for the Bass Coast. This will include extending and upgrading trails to link San Remo to Cape Paterson via a network of existing tracks.

Construction on the proposed new trail will commence in late 2024. You can find more details in the park's Access and Infrastructure Plan.

Community feedback

We are working closely with Parks Victoria, Traditional Owners and consulting with stakeholders and the wider community about the park. We meet regularly with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, National Parks Advisory Council, Victorian National Parks Association and Bass Coast Shire Council.

Community engagement sessions and feedback surveys were conducted in 2020 and 2021 to help shape the park's Access and Infrastructure Plan.

To find out more, visit Engage Victoria.

Page last updated: 02/07/24