Pack the sails and hit Inverloch's protected waters and make sure you grab the binoculars for a spot of bird watching in one of Victoria's most popular estuaries.
This pretty seaside town on the spectacular Gippsland coastline offers a convenient array of accommodation and boat launching facilities and is perfect for water-based activities like swimming or surfing. Anderson Inlet is a haven for wind surfers. The shallow estuary is constantly changing and at low tide its sandy bottom is exposed and many species of waterbirds line the shores.
Visit the excellent Bunurong Environment Centre, which interprets the natural surroundings, including the shells and dinosaur diggings of the area.
Various boardwalks and tracks provide tranquil places for shorter and longer strolls or bushwalks and hiking activities. Drive the Bunurong Coastal Drive to Cape Paterson and back for some awe-inspiring coastal photo opportunities.
Look out for Eagles Nest, a large rock structure adjacent to the coastline that resembles the top half of a map of Australia.
The large resident population ensures that most services and facilities are provided in and around the busy retail centre, while accommodation ranges from campsites to cabins, bed and breakfasts and resort style venues.
Inverloch is less than two hours from Melbourne. Travel along the South Gippsland Highway from Melbourne, turning onto the Bass Highway to follow the road through Grantville, Bass, Kilcunda and Wonthaggi before reaching Inverloch.