Camping, glamping, touring and 4×4 adventuring are all experiences we believe are best shared with friends.
The kids look after themselves and adults get to relax, which is the whole point of a holiday, right?!
We camped at Corringle Foreshore Reserve earlier this year and it wasn’t the best experience. We endured howling wind and driving rain for most of that trip. We left feeling incomplete.
Eco Eagle was free over the September long weekend, so we saw it as a sign to enjoy our camper van following a long winter hibernation.
Naturally, we jumped at the chance to return to Corringle. Our 4×4 travel buddy, Javier, and his three boys came along too.
After setting up camp and exploring Corringle, we took a trip to Cape Conran because Javier hadn’t been there before.
As a surfer in days gone by, Javier certainly appreciated watching a couple of dudes catch some breaks, despite the windy and cold conditions.
We saw a flock of Pied Oystercatchers enjoying a feast on the shore at East Cape/Sailor’s Grave and loved bathing in the sunshine while the waves rolled in.
Dinner at the Marlo Hotel was a given. Chicken Parmigiana was good, with an interesting touch with bacon in place of ham.
When we hit the Deddick Trail earlier in 2017, I noticed a sign to Raymond Creek Falls and committed this place to memory.
“Fancy a picnic and a drive boys?” I asked on Sunday. “Let’s do a track!” a cheeky suggestion on my part. Half-joking and half-longing for a resounding “Yes!”.
We ventured to Raymond Creek Falls for a tour, and discovered another magical, off-grid place to camp. Raymond Creek Falls Campground is basic bush camping and you need to be well prepared if you’re up there in summer. Especially in bushfire seasons.
There’s a lot of great bushwalking around Raymond Creek Falls. I loved the unforgiving, raw beauty of the landscape. The rock formations are amazing and the magic of the falls is a meditative experience.
We saw a Gippsland Water Dragon at the Falls. On our way back up the track Miss Six nearly stepped on a brown snake! The lesson? One adult at the front. One at the back. Be aware. Be prepared.
Toasting marshmallows by the fire was a huge highlight for the kids. We loved night walks along the beach. Turning the torches off and looking at the stars. Having a yarn around the campfire. Nice food and great friends.
And we always enjoy meeting new people and learning about the culture and history of our region.
Facilities & How to get there
Corringle Foreshore Reserve: Corringle Foreshore Reserve is a natural campground, close to the beach. We love site number nine.
- Non-flush toilets
- A limited supply of untreated tank water
- Barbecues and fire areas
- A picnic area
- Boat ramp and jetties
How to get there: From Bairnsdale, turn-off at Newmerella. Follow the signs to Corringle and take Back Corringle Road, as it’s quicker.
Cape Conran Coastal Park (East Cape & Sailor’s Grave): East Cape is a great spot for a picnic with a number of walks from the visitor area, including the East Cape Boardwalk.
- Non-flush toilets
- Gas barbecues
- Picnic tables
East Cape Boardwalk
- Grade: Easy, via boardwalk
- Distance: 0.6km
- Time: 1 to 1.5hrs return
- Start: East Cape Day Visitor Area
Cape Conran is rich in cultural heritage, both Indigenous and post European. This walk was a joint project of the then National Parks Service and the Moogji Aboriginal Council in Orbost. The boardwalk rounds the East Cape to Cowrie Bay. Along the way interpretive signs give you a glimpse of the uses Indigenous people made of the many resources around the Cape. The boardwalk joins the Nature Trail and a complete loop can be made back to the East Cape Day Visitor Area, or continue on to the West Cape and Salmon Rocks Beach. The Salmon Rocks lookout is part of the Batuluk Cultural Trail and has information on Indigenous midden sites. (Source: Parks Victoria)
How to get there: Cape Conran Coastal Park is located in far east Gippsland, approximately 420kms east of Melbourne and 530kms south of Sydney. Cape Conran can be reached via the Princes Highway by turning off at Cabbage Tree Creek or via Orbost and Marlo to the west. The eastern section of the park can be reached by turning off the Highway east of Cabbage Tree Creek to Bemm River. Sailor’s Grave is near East Cape Beach.
Raymond Creek Falls & Campground: This is a basic bush campground and is some distance from Orbost settlement. You must be self-sufficient and take your rubbish when you leave.
- No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.
- Non-flush toilet
- Picnic table
- Fires are only allowed in the fireplace provided – supply your own wood. Fuel stoves are preferred for cooking.
- No drinking water is available – supply your own.
- There is no rubbish collection at this campground. Please take all rubbish with you.
- Access to family walks, hiking and an information board are also available.
How to get there: 3 hour round trip from Orbost. Drive north from the Slab Hut along Nicholson Street. Go through the roundabout, turn left at Jarrammond Road. Turn right onto Yalmy Road. Turn left onto Moorsford Road. The road is sign-posted for Raymond Creek Falls.