The town of Venus Bay is situated on a narrow peninsula of land located 180km south-east of Melbourne. Originally named Evergreen the town takes its name from the body of water on its western shore. On the eastern side of the peninsula is Anderson’s Inlet, named after the settler Samuel Anderson.
Today, Venus Bay is a popular holiday retreat for people from Melbourne and is close to other popular South Gippsland tourist spots such as Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory.
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.
Be guaranteed a good catch from Gippsland’s 500 kilometres of coastline, offering extensive fishing opportunities if you know when and where to go.
A scenic and easy ride between two towns that follows the banks of the Tarwin River on a gently undulating shared pathway.
Wander through coastal woodlands and take the side track to see Waratah Bay with the peaks of Wilsons Promontory in the background.
Nestled between Waratah Bay and the majestic peaks of Wilsons Promontory, the sheltered waters of Shallow Inlet provide a secluded and peaceful setting for a range of water based activities such as fishing, boating and sailboarding.
Stretching along the coast from the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the sheltered waters of Waratah 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.
How to get there
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is situated 160 kilometres south east of Melbourne. It is reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Leongatha or the Bass Highway from Inverloch.