• Length: 20.5km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Car shuffle

  • Start: Cape Liptrap Lighthouse

  • End: Five Mile Carpark

  • Closest Town: Fish Creek

  • Location: Cape Liptrap

  • Distance from state capital: 193km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.90681069344282

  • Longitude: 145.92247512191534


Cape Liptrap Coastal Walk is a 20.5km, grade 3 Car shuffle hike located in Cape Liptrap Victoria. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.


The Cape Liptrap Coastal Walk is one of the most rewarding coastal walks in Victoria. The hike follows a narrow strip of coastline protected by the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park. The coastline is varied, having a mix of high black cliffs, golden beaches and banksia woodland. There are also hidden coves, sweeping sand dunes and unusual limestone cliffs.

About the region

Stretching along the coast from the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the sheltered waters of Waratah Bay and Venus Bay, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park has strikingly beautiful scenery. The coastal park transforms from being a peaceful coastal area to wild, windy and awe inspiring in stormy weather. Whatever the season, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is worth exploring.

Getting there

Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is 4,175 ha in size and situated 160 kilometres south east of Melbourne. It is reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Leongatha or the Bass Highway from Inverloch.


Ensure you are well prepared with at least 3ltrs or water for this hike.

Do not start a walk in this area any earlier than two hours before a low tide and aim to finish a walk no later than two hours after low tide. Tide times are the same as for Port Phillip Heads.


Total distance: 20594 m
Max elevation: 95 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 493 m
Total descent: -529 m
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