Venus Bay is a quiet seaside village an easy 2 hour (150kms) drive from Melbourne through the beautiful Gippsland countryside. It is also half way between Philip Island (45 minutes away) and Wilson’s Promontory (45 minutes away) two of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions.

Venus Bay is famous for its surf beach which stretches for about 30 kms from Cape Liptrap to Point Smythe. The area is popular for surfing, fishing, walking and cycling and is full of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, microbats and a plethora of birdlife.

The quaint coastal resort is situated on a narrow peninsula of land, bordered on one side by the open sea of Bass Strait and on the other by the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. The placid waters of Anderson Inlet, which resembles a large lake, is ideal for boating and fishing. This large body of water extends extends all the way from Inverloch to the mouth of the Tarwin River at the small township of Tarwin Lower.


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Venus Bay is split into three estates

The First Estate – is home to the only shopping strip in Venus Bay, consisting of a general store, fishing and surfing store, take-away shops, real estate agents, caravan park and a restaurant. Three of Venus Bay’s five surf beaches (Nos. 1, 2 and 3 beaches) are in the First Estate, with the Venus Bay Surf Livesaving Club located at the No. 1 Beach. This is the only patrolled beach, although during the busy summer period surf patrols regularly make their way up and down the beaches to just beyond No. 5 beach. The First Estate also has the Venus Bay Community Centre, which houses twilight markets during the summer holidays and other community activities.

The Second Estate – is home to Nos. 4 and 5 beaches as well as the popular fishing jetty on Anderson’s Inlet. At the edge of the Second Estate is an elevated viewing platform that allows visitors to look out across Anderson’s Inlet and view the many kangaroos that call the quiet eastern shores home.

The Third Estate – is a sparsely populated nature conservation zone leading to the tip of the peninsula known as Point Smythe (part of Cape Liptrap Coastal Park). This reserve has signed walking tracks that lead to secluded beaches on both shores of the peninsula. Private land in the third estate abuts Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and Anderson Inlet, an internationally recognised migratory bird habitat. Anderson Inlet foreshore reserve can be reached by Doyle’s Road.

The permanent population of Venus Bay hovers around the 500 mark, however this can swell into the thousands during holiday periods.

From The Pickled Pipi…..

The Pickled Pipi beach house is located in the 2nd estate. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach and a 5-10 minutes walk to the inlet flats where the kangaroos graze every day and especially in the evening. The house has a wombat that lives there and many beautiful birds: parrots, cockatoos, galahs, wrens and the magpies are happy to be hand fed (they love mince meat). On a clear night, once the sun sets, the star show comes out as you relax on the deck whilst listening to the gentle sounds of the surf in the background.

The Venus Bay shops are a 5 minute drive away and include a general store/mini supermarket, a pizza shop, Fish n chips, ice cream shop, gift shop, cafes and restaurant/bar that has live music most Friday evenings. Tarwin Lower has an IGA Supermarket that stocks loads of Gippsland produce and open 7 days a week from 7.30am – 7.30pm. There is also a Licensed cafe next to the ZIGA, a Service Station, and Art Gallery in Tarwin Lower. The closest main town is Inverloch a 20 minute drive away. This has larger supermarkets and many shops, numerous markets and restaurants.

Venus Bay is the place to go for a beautiful natural environment and peace and quiet and to enjoy Australia’s beautiful wildlife up close. Beautiful ocean beaches, numerous National Parks, Inlets, fishing, scenic drives, fabulous local restaurants, cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen or just relax!

Venus Bay – Activities and attractions

  • Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club patrols No. 1 beach during summer months.
  • Explore the beautiful coastline with a coastal walk
  • Enjoy river, surf and estuary fishing
  • See kangaroos grazing near mangrove flats along tranquil Anderson Inlet
  • Point Smythe Nature Trail

Local waterways:

  • Anderson Inlet
  • Tarwin River
  • Bass Strait