• Length: 20.5km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Car shuffle

  • Start: Cape Liptrap Lighthouse

  • End: Five Mile Carpark

  • Location: Cape Liptrap

  • Closest Town: Fish Creek

  • Distance from CBD: 193km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.90681069344282

  • Longitude: 145.92247512191534

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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.

Hike Summary

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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35 thoughts on “Cape Liptrap Coastal Walk (20.5km)

  1. Started 8:30. The area is absolutely beautiful, the scenery breathtaking. The trail was graded 3 so a nice Sunday walk. The 5 mile track is closed at Walkerville Rd and in places flooded we had to climb a fence and walk through paddocks to reach the beach. Beach walk towards Liptrap light house was fine. Until we had to go to higher ground, no tracks, we walked along the cliff tops but at times had to do some bush bashing, progress was slow, at three o’clock in the afternoon we still had a long way to go with approximately 2 hours of light left. We decided to head for a house on the hill. Finally getting there at 4 o’clock walked 6 kms to Liptrap Rd by 5 o’clock and then another hour to the car park. A fantastic day but lucky to get out before night fall. Talking to a local couple they said there used to be a track but is now no longer maintained.

  2. Tx for the info Tony. Heading there next weekend. Given the bush fence climbing and bush bashing, would it be worth doing an out and back from either end instead of one way?

    1. Leesa Swanson I’m happy to book this in but it’s 3-3 1/2 hrs away and a 7hr hike, maybe a weekender? Go down fri night hike sat home sun? In March? 15th or 22nd? And camping or Airbnb? Fiona MacLennan did u want to join us?

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