The tranquil Gippsland Lakes are a system of coastal lagoons separated from the Tasman Sea by the coastal dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Seven rivers terminate at the lakes – the Latrobe, Avon, Nicholson, Tambo, Mitchell, Macalister and Thomson rivers. A favourite holiday destination for many Victorians, days can easily ...
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Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park
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Located 30km south of Sale and adjacent to Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, this park covers 5km of coastline. This untamed stretch of coastline runs alongside the slender strip of sand dunes that protect the Gippsland Lakes.
Beneath the water, vast plains of sand stretch in every direction. However, the sand is not a monotonous as it may appear; wave action and currents sort sand particles into different groups and layers whilst surface features, such as mounds and ripples, are a result of animal and wave action. The coast does not have any rocky headlands or platforms, and offshore there are only a few ribbons of reef which are periodically covered by sand. These formed as shorelines or sand dunes during ice-ages when the sea level was lower than today.
The huge subtidal sandy expanses characteristic of the area, are teeming with marine life. In fact, they are known to have one of the highest species diversity levels of any place on the planet, with 860 species discovered within 10 square meters. These sand dwelling critters can include tube building worms, small molluscs and many tiny crustaceans.
Larger animals are less common, but octopuses, brittle stars, crabs and an unusual coral species can be found. You may also see a Stargazer peering up at you from the sand or many pelagic (free-swimming) fish species feeding on the smorgasbord of tiny animals within the sand. Young Great White Sharks can be found in the area chasing snapper, one of their favourite foods.
Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park is accessible by road or via boat (launching point in Seaspray or McGauran’s Beach).
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 Gunaikurnai indigenous people.
Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963
- Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Coordinates (PDF File 256.7 KB)
- Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park - Marine Natural Values Study (PDF File 488.9 KB)
- Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park Management Plan (PDF File 1.3 MB)
- Park note - Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park (PDF File 870.2 KB)
14 May 2013
One of East Gippsland’s most popular walks, the Mackenzie River Rainforest Walk has just been reopened. The track, located in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve is just a kilometre in length and gives visitors the special experience of strolling through a warm temperate rainforest. This kind of forest landscape …