The Bass Coast’s new Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park will run along 40km of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch.
- upgrade and extend walking trails
- improve access to pristine beaches
- potentially add to camping in the region
The Bill to formally create the park is still being considered by Parliament and is expected to pass later in 2020.
Naming the new park
This spectacular stretch of the Bass Coast includes many Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation has chosen the name Yallock-Bulluk to honour the Yallock-Bulluk Clan of the Bunurong People. The park sits in their Country.
'Yallock’ is the Bunurong word for creek or river. ‘Bulluk’ means swamp.
We’re working with Parks Victoria and Traditional Owners on promoting culture and Country in the new park.
What areas will be included in the new park
The new park will include these existing reserves:
- Bunurong Marine Park
- Bunurong Coastal Reserve
- Punchbowl Coastal Reserve
- Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve
- Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve
- parts of the San Remo Foreshore Reserve
- parts of the Kilcunda Foreshore Reserve
- parts of the Cape Paterson Foreshore Reserve
Creating an iconic walking trail
We will make the magnificent George Bass Coastal Walk an iconic walking trail like the Great Ocean Walk or the Grampians Peak Trail. Improvements will include:
- new signage
- upgraded facilities
- better access to beaches and other places of interest
For the existing reserves in the new park, environmental protection will be as good, if not better than it currently is.
Recreational and commercial fishing will still be allowed in Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park.
The Bunurong Marine National Park is not included in the park. So, it will remain protected as it is now.
We are working closely with Parks Victoria and Traditional Owners, and consulting stakeholders and the wider community about this new park. We also meet regularly with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, National Parks Advisory Council, Victorian National Parks Association, and Bass Coast Shire Council.
We ran engagement sessions for the local community in 2019 which helped us create the boundary of the new park. It also helped us to understand what the community wanted for the new park.
We were told that environmental and cultural protections are important as is better access. There was also a lot of interest in expanding the George Bass Coastal Walk.
An access and infrastructure plan is being developed which will look at:
- extending the coastal walk
- beach access trails
- visitor sites and facilities
- possible camping opportunities
We will also consider whether other areas of land could benefit from more protection or add value to the park e.g. including other Crown land such as unused roads, acquiring freehold land, or changing existing boundaries.
Parks Victoria, in collaboration with DELWP, will consult with the community and stakeholders about the park’s design and boundaries during 2020 and 2021. You can visit to participate these engagement activities.
Activities in the new park
Most recreational activities will remain the same. But there will be some changes.
These could include seasonal restrictions on horse riding and dog walking in certain parts of the park to protect threatened wildlife like Hooded Plovers.
Cycling on shared trails is allowed, mountain biking is generally not compatible. Parks Victoria will be consulting with local mountain biking groups about other opportunities in the Gippsland region.
We will consult with the community about any changes to how the park can be enjoyed.
Victoria’s Great Outdoors Program
Through this broader program we are:
- improving campsites and caravan parks
- improving regional 4WD touring routes and tracks
- boosting funding for conservation and volunteer programs
- creating new and improved hiking trails
- employing new seasonal rangers
Reviewed 12 August 2020