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Discovery Bay Marine National Park

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Sponge crab (photo: Peter Hill)

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Location: Discovery Bay Marine National Park

Green Chitons (photo: Peter Hill)

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Location: Discovery Bay Marine National Park

Rockpools (photo: Peter Hill)

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Location: Discovery Bay Marine National Park

Coast (photo: Peter Hill)

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Discovery Bay Marine National Park

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Discovery Bay is Victoria’s marine gateway to the Great Australian Bight and the immense expanse of the Southern Ocean. Situated 20km west of Portland and covering 2770ha, this park protects part of the largest coastal basalt formation in western Victoria. These basalt rocks were formed from lava which cooled and hardened over the last million years. The park is framed by the cliffs of Cape Bridgewater to the east and the white sand dunes of Discovery Bay to the north.

The dynamic history of the coast is also depicted underwater. In deep water (30-60m) there are low reefs forms from ancient shorelines or dunes when the sea-levels were much lower than today. Between these reefs, there are plains of sand winnowed into symmetrical ridges by the endless movement of the water.

There is a rich diversity of fascinating marine life within this park due to the cold, nutrient rich waters of the area. The deep calcarenite reefs support technicoloured sponge gardens whilst the shallower reefs are covered in a brown alga, Ecklonia radiata. One can find majestic fish and a diverse array of invertebrates including Southern Rock Lobster, Black-lip Abalone and gorgonians. The waters also support Great White Sharks and during the summer breeding season, Blue Whales.

Access

Visitors can access this park from the shore or via boat (launching from Portland or  Bridgewater Bay).

Park map on mobile devices

Download free maps of this park for your mobile device from Avenza PDF Maps application.  Used within the app the maps allow you to calculate distances and (with sufficient mobile signal) locate yourself within the park. The same maps are shown below under ‘Related publications’.

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 Gournditch-Mara people.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Park Statistics

Established

November 2002

Area

2770ha

Contact information

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