What’s better than escaping to a secluded, white sand beach on a warm summer’s day? Especially amongst the beauty of Victoria’s Gippsland coast.


Despite the many incredible beaches in Victoria, it can be hard to find somewhere that offers epic scenery and clean breaks without the tourist crowd, beach trollies, and Taj-Mahal-like setups.

Thanks to a new coastal walk in South Gippsland, linking the iconic but often overlooked beaches of The Punchbowl, The Arch, and Eagles Nest, you’ll be able to escape the crowds and enjoy a well-deserved dip in the chilly waters of Bass Strait. The trail will hug the coastline of Victoria’s newest park, the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park, which stretches between San Remo and Inverloch on Bunurong Country in south-east Gippsland.

For those familiar with the George Bass Coastal Walk, this addition will create a continuous 32km trail, including improvements such as lookouts, visitor information, and additional car parking.

So, when are we leaving?

Don’t pack your togs and sunscreen just yet – construction is yet to start, with the project hoping to be completed by 2025. The trail is being funded through Victoria’s Great Outdoor program, which hopes to incentivize more people to get outside and experience the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature.


Rolling hills, dramatic cliffs & secluded breaks along the George Bass Coastal Walk  | @hilarymcallister_

It was only in 2021 that a 40km stretch of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch became the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park, which will ensure this sensitive ecosystem can be protected, as well as the invaluable cultural heritage.

The trail creation is a collaboration between Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action, and Bass Coast Shire Council.

2025 too long to wait?

Suppose you’d like to sample some of the delights of this beautiful part of the world while the trail is under construction? If so, the George Bass Coastal Walk is an excellent adventure to whet the appetite.

For more information on the new coastal trail, head to the Parks Vic website.


Feature image thanks to @hilarymcallister_