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  • Campers and visitors travelling to or from Wingan Inlet on Saturday 28 November 2015 may experience delays on West Wingan Road due to increased traffic from the East Gippsland Alpine Rally. Wingan Link Road and East Wingan Road (in nearby state forest) will be closed during the event. at Wingan Inlet
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Camping at Wingan Inlet

This campground is in a tall Bloodwood forest on the western shore of Wingan Inlet in a tranquil bush setting.

The campground is 36kms from the Princes Highway turn-off along the unsealed West Wingan Road. Access is weather dependant.

Access to the beach is either by boat through the inlet or via the Fly Cove Walking Track which commences in the campground. Strong currents can occur around the inlet mouth and along the ocean beach. Motorised boats can be used on the inlet but limits of 20 horse power motors and speeds of 8 km/hr (5 knots) apply over the entire inlet.

Advance bookings and payment are required year round.

Bookings for the peak summer 2016 period (26 December to 16 January) opens on 1 August 2016 at 12 noon local time.

Bookings for the Labour Day weekend, with a 3-night minimum stay, opens on 2 February 2016, and for Easter (24 March to 28 March), with a 4-night minimum stay, also opens on 2 February 2016.

There are 23 unpowered sites available, including a designated overnight hiker site for walkers undertaking the Wilderness Coast Walk. All campsites are unpowered sites. The campsite is suitable for tents, campervans and camper-trailers.

Non-flush toilets, picnic tables and shared fireplaces are provided. The closest body of water is Wingan Inlet. The coast can be accessed via the Fly Cove Walking Track or by boat to the mouth of the Inlet.

Only allowed in designated fireplaces – supply your own wood.

Campfire guidelines

  • Light fires only in the fireplaces provided or use a portable camping stove instead
  • Ensure fires are never left unattended and are completely out before you leave
  • During summer and autumn Total Fire Bans are common - this means no open fires can be lit
  • For information on Total Fire Bans call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667

Walks around Wingan Inlet

Walks cover the magnificent sandy beaches, a tranquil fresh water lake, serene warm temperate rainforests and cascading rapids on the picturesque Wingan River.

Wingan River Rapids

2.5 hours, 5km return

Meander through fern gullies before winding down to the Wingan River where the track becomes narrow and in places is marked by rock cairns. Explore downstream into the rainforest or upstream into the cascading rapids. Access to the walking track is from the car park along Boundary Track.

Warning: Rocks may be slippery when wet or unstable and rapids are not suitable for white water rafting

Fly Cove Walking Track

1.5 hours, 3km return

Stroll over boardwalks on the edge of the Inlet and through paperbark forest to the ocean beach. Enjoy views of the Skerries – rock islands home to Australian and New Zealand Fur Seal colonies. The track commences from the Day Visitor Area and provides access to Fly Cove.

Rame Head

3 hours, 8km return

This section of coast is magnificent, with the picturesque coastline framed by the low windswept heaths and granite boulders along the shoreline. The walking track begins at the western end of Fly Cove via the Beach Access Track and meanders over the headland.

Warning: Walkers are advised not to rock hop around Rame Head as access is dangerous due to high tides and sudden waves.

Elusive Lake

2 hours, 6km return

Elusive Lake is up to 22m deep in places with no surface water flowing in or out of the lake and water entering and leaving the lake is via rainfall and underground seepage. The walking track to the lake commences at the small car park on the West Wingan Rd, 3km from the campground and meanders gently down to a small sandy beach.

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