Bunurong Marine National Park
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- Established:November 2002
Located about 6 kilometres south-west of Inverloch in South Gippsland, this park covers 2100 hectares and about 5 kilometres of coastline. This coastline is beautiful, full of striking rock formations, attractive sandy coves, rugged sandstone cliffs, dunes and prominent headlands.
The coastal waters protect a remarkable range of habitats including intertidal reefs, subtidal rocky reefs, algal gardens and seagrass beds. The waters here are cool, akin to Victoria’s central and western coasts, however they are relatively protected from south-westerly swells due to the location of far away King Island.
The marine life of the region is considered special due to the unusual set of environmental conditions. The intertidal sandstone reefs of the area boast the highest recorded diversity of intertidal and subtidal invertebrates in eastern Victoria. The range of seaweed species is also large and includes greens, blue-greens, browns and encrusting, coralline reds.
Seagrass meadows and sandy bays are also important habitats within the area. The diversity of habitats supports many marine animals including seastars, featherstars, crabs, snails, Port Jackson Sharks and up to 87 species of fish. If you are lucky you may see Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales or Subantarctic Fur Seals.
This park is easily accessible by land and can also be accessed via boat (launching point in Cape Patterson).
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
Indigenous tradition indicates that this park is part of the Country of the Boonwurrung Indigenous people, who are traditionally and culturally associated with the planning area. Several groups assert traditional ownership of the area.
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Water activities Due to the huge diversity of animals in the area and the easy access, rock pooling is an extremely popular…