A visit to Gippsland for a BBQ is a great idea and there is no better spot than Cape Conran. You will find plenty of things to do at Cape Conran including a BBQ area that looks out towards the water. Cape Conran is a major Gippsland attraction that is a favourite for locals and returning visitors alike.

Visitors come here for peace and tranquillity along the beach. While you have your BBQ at Cape Conran you can watch birds fly over the ocean, take a quick dip, have a fish or just sit by the water and relax. It is definitely a slice of heaven on earth for any one who visits.

Where is Cape Conran?

Cape Conran National Park is located in far East Gippsland. Turning off at Orbost you follow the Snowy River to where it meets the sea. You will drive along the coast through the banksia with occasional ocean views till you get to Cape Conran. It is a beautiful scenic drive in Gippsland and one well worth the trip to Gippsland for.

The first sign you will see takes you to the West Cape at Conran. West Cape is beautiful and dramatic with its ocean swells crashing over the rocks and white sand beach stretching around the coastline as far as the eye can see.

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Where is the best place for a BBQ at Cape Conran?

We need to get to East Cape for our BBQ. East Cape BBQ area is set amongst the trees on the foreshore with ocean views. It is one of the most scenic places in Gippsland to have a BBQ.

BBQ hot plates waiting

What BBQ facilities are at Cape Conran?

You will find the following facilities waiting for you.

  • Free Electric BBQ
  • Picnic Tables
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Shower (for after swimming)
Seating area with the best view

Things to do at Cape Conran

Things to do at Cape Conran include swimming, fishing, camping and walking trails. An easy walk from the BBQ area at Cape Conran is the East Cape Boardwalk. The boardwalk goes around the East Cape on a very scenic walk. You will find plenty of rock pools depending on the tide where you can find marine life such as star fish and crabs.

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Why is Cape Conran perfect for a BBQ?

What strikes me about this area is the beach. The sand is powder white and unspoilt. You will see no high rises, no shops and no hotels. It is just white and the sound of the waves rolling in as you cook your bbq or relax on the beach sunbaking, playing or swimming.

Can you fish at Cape Conran?

Fishing off the beach can produce great catches of tailor and salmon. If you are good with filleting maybe you can cook your catch on the bbq in foil with some lemon.

Looking along the beach

When is the best time to visit Cape Conran?

If you avoid the school holiday periods you may even have the place nearly to yourself. Cape Conron is some of the best Gippsland coastal wilderness you will find in this area. Get in the car today and have a look!

The rock pools

Places to visit near Cape Conran

Don’t forget to stop in Marlo and Orbost on your way to visiting Cape Conran. A beer or soft drink at the Marlo pub on the deck overlooking the water is an unforgettable Gippsland Experience.

The Orbost tourist information centre is located in an old high country hut. It worth a look just for the hut. If you are lucky the hut will be manned by a volunteer and you can hear the story of how it came to be in the town of Orbost. It really is a great story and a great way to learn something on your Travels in Gippsland

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Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think I know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids