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Cape Nelson State Park

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Bird watching
Medium walk / Day walk
Short walk

Visit Cape Nelson State Park to observe diverse bird life and unique plants, while strolling along coastal walks with spectacular views. The Great South West Walk (GSWW) and the nearby Cape Nelson Lighthouse are stunning features of this park’s bountiful attractions.

Getting here

Cape Nelson State Park is located 377km south-west of Melbourne, and 562km south-east of Adelaide. To reach the park, travel for 11km along the Cape Nelson Road from Portland.

Things to see and do

There are many things to do in this striking coastal park which include enjoying a picnic, going on a coastal walk and appreciating the beautiful heritage listed lighthouses.

The Cape Nelson Picnic Area is a tranquil bush setting, located on the Norman Wade Scenic Drive close to several enjoyable walks.  

Norman Wade Scenic Drive
This is a shared drive and cycle route, which takes in several sea-cliff lookouts. Road users should be alert and mindful of each other.

Cape Nelson Lighthouse
Cape Nelson Lighthouse is a must visit heritage listed lighthouse, which is open daily with free access to the grounds. Lighthouse tours are provided by prior arrangement and luxury accommodation is available at Keeper’s Cottage. 

Cape Nelson Lighthouse Walk (6km)
This is a relatively easy walk that will take you through the coastal heathland, Soap Mallee and several coastal lookouts. It is essential to bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

Great South West Walk (250km)
Experience some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery and wildlife on this great 250km loop walk. It also passes Point Danger, where Victoria’s only mainland gannets breeding colony is located. The Cape Nelson section of this great walk has locations that intersect the roads and tracks around Cape Nelson.


Cape Nelson State Park has a picnic area, fireplaces, tables, toilets, a self-guided walk and lighthouse for visitors to enjoy. There is no camping in this park, except for GSWW registered hikers in the GSWW Mallee Camp. Please note that camping fees apply at this site for GSWW members. 


Dogs and other pets are not permitted in this park.

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

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