Things to do in and around Venus Bay
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
The First Estate consists 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 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
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
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.
Things to do in venus bay
Activities & Attractions
• Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club patrols No. 1 beach during summer months.
• Enjoy river, surf and estuary fishing
• See kangaroos grazing near mangrove flats along tranquil Anderson Inlet
Also in the area
Shallow Inlet Marine & Coastal Park
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.
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
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.