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Venus Bay Beaches

Spend the day with the kids at the beach. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the sun, sand and surf.

Don't forget the sunscreen and hats.

Beach #1 is the only patrolled beach. It is located just past the shops via Surf Drive.

Large carpark, public toilets and showers, kiosk, patrolled summer holidays.

Venus Bay Twilight Markets

Runs in Summer most Sundays at Venus Bay Community Centre (27 Canterbury Rd) from 4pm till after 9pm. Carnival atmosphere where holiday makers enjoy the relaxing freedom of outdoor shopping.

Market Location: Venus Bay Community Centre

There are numerous farmers and craft markets in the Gippsland region all year round.

Point Smythe Coastal Reserve - Venus Bay

The Point Smythe Nature Trail is 6km in length and remains sheltered even on windy days. Taking approximately 2 hours to complete (return journey) the Point Smythe Walk takes you through masses of coastal vegetation and onto the beach at Point Smythe. It's usual to see kangaroos and wallabies particularly in the cooler months. In summer be careful of snakes. View Map

The walk surface is compacted gravel. The walk has a medium difficulty level.

Dogs are restricted from this walk as fox baiting is regulary conducted. No toilets.

HOW TO GET THERE - From Melbourne: When entering Venus Bay take a right hand turn into Canterbury Road, this will then merge into Lees Road. The Point Smythe Nature Trail begins at the end of Lees Rd.

In Point Smythe - Poem by Francis Duggan

In Point Smythe quite close to Venus Bay

From where i am now in distance far away

The kangaroos known as the eastern gray

In the paddocks graze in the gloaming of the day,

On the coastal mudflats the tiny crabs are out

In their thousands they are running about

Sensitive to sound the least noise they do hear

And at approaching footsteps into their holes

they disappear,

In Point Smythe miles from the nearest rural town

The grey butcherbird pipes as the sun goes down

And there's a cool freshness in the coastal breeze

That gently soughs in the melaleuca trees

And the gray roos they graze and hop around

As shades of darkness creep across the ground.

Venus Bay to Anderson Inlet Walk/RideApprox 5kms

Turn left up Centre Road to the round-about, then left into Canterbury Road where a bike lane is provided in some sections. After approximately 4kms turn right down Fishermans Road sign posted to the boat ramp. This road is made all the way and takes you to Anderson Inlet, where there is a pier, boat ramp, playground, BBQ facilities and picnic tables. The view of the inlet and wetlands is beautiful and birdlife abounds.

Venus Bay Beaches - 26kms of magnificent, unspoilt sandy beaches.

Beach 1: is located just past the shops via Surf Drive.

Large carpark, public toilets and showers, kiosk, patrolled summer holidays. Community bus to Beach 1 operates in Summer and leaves from Community centre where ample parking is available. Community Centre address is 27 Canterbury Road, Venus Bay

Beach 2: Via Inlet View Road, walk through dunes to beach.

Beach 3: Via Canterbury Road. Small Car Park.

Beach 4: Via Zenner Drive 2nd Estate. Small Car Park.

Beach 5: Via Atherton Drive 2nd Estate. Small Car Park.

Please be aware: Only Beach #1 is patrolled. Be aware of conditions if swimming at any other beach.

Venus Bay to Beach 3 & 5 Walk Ride

From the Venus Bay Caravan Park turn left past the shops up Centre Street to the round-about and left again up Canterbury Road. The bike lane is in some sections of Canterbury Road, it does stop and start. Continue in the bike lane along Canterbury Road until the Beach 3 sign and turn left following the beach sign. It is a made road to the carpark. A short path takes you onto the beach. No flags, no toilets. This beach is not patrolled and has s strong undertow - not for poor swimmers.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

1 hours drive east of Tarwin Lower, approx 52kms.

The only word to describe Wilsons Promontory is breathtaking with this world spectacular being the southern most point of mainland Australia. No admittance fee, take a picnic lunch and spend the day exploring.

For more information on national park and walking trails - Wilsons Promontory

Venus Bay Skate Park

Behind Community Centre -27 Canterbury Road, Venus Bay

Night Fishing

Night fishing for gummy shark requires extensive preparation.

During daylight hours, select the hole or gutter you choose to fish and leave markers in the sand dunes so as to identify it at night. Berly will help to attract schools of bait fish and create crab activity which in turn will induce bottom feeders. A running sinker rig weighted by a 4 ounce sinker with a 700-1000cm leader with 6/0 suicide hook is ideal. Best baits are bonito fillets cut into long strips, octopus legs, whole pilchards, US squid and fresh fish fillets.

Fishing / Fishing Charters - Ph: (03) 5674 5588

Mahers Landing Inverloch VIC 3996

4km from Inverloch on the Tarwin Road.

Great fun for catching fish or just exploring Anderson Inlet - no boat licence required.

Life jackets & safety gear provided, BYO rods & bait. Hire Rods Available.

Also skippered charter vessel lic for 13 pass. offshore and 20 pass. in Anderson Inlet.

Bald Hills Wetland Reserve Approx 4kms from Tarwin and 10kms from Venus Bay.

At the round-about in Tarwin just past petrol station turn right onto Walkerville Road. Travel approximately 4kms then turn left at the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve sign. Unmade road for next 4kms, turn left into the reserve and this track will take you to the lake with the bird observatory.

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves.

Through their cultural traditions, the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Gunaikurnai identify the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve as their Traditional Country.

See Kangaroos and Wallabies

At dusk, instead of turning off at Fishermans Road continue on for about a kilometre. Around dusk there are many kangaroos to be seen grazing. Do not attempt to feed them, frighten them, or go up to them, as this is their environment.

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