Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Nelson

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The Discovery Bay Coastal Park is a linear protected area of coastal land in western Victoria, south-eastern Australia. The 10460ha park extends along the coast of Discovery Bay from Cape Nelson north-westwards for to the border with South Australia. The park was listed on Australia’s now-defunct Register of the National Estate, and lies within the traditional lands of the Gunditjmara people.
Part of the course of the Great South West Walk is located within the park. The Discovery Bay Marine National Park adjoins the park to the west of Cape Bridgewater
After being recommended as a coastal reserve in 1973 by Victoria’s Land Conservation Council, the park was first included in Schedule 3 of the Victorian National Parks Act in 1979, with an area of. Additional parcels of land were acquired in 1981, 1987 and 1997.
LandformsGeologically the area is basalt overlain by limestone with the coastal landforms characterised by the rugged cliffs and headlands of Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater, dunefields, and by swamps and freshwater lakes further inland. The limestone contains mammalian fossil deposits of Pleistocene age.
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  • A beautiful and untouched nature reserve. You are there alone in the world. There is a very simple and lonely campsite. In the surrounding area is nothing. You have to love. Nature is beautiful. Sometimes there are dune buggies.
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  • stretching around 60km is the discovery bay coastal park. best spots to head are Monibeong lake, swan lake,cape nelson and cape bridgewater. great rugged cliffs and abundant sea life all along coast. ...  more »

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