cape channel

The Channel at Cape Paterson


The Channel is a small, 50m long beach fronted by a near continuous intertidal rock platform, with just a narrow, 5m wide, straight channel through the centre of the platform. It is located immediately east of the main Cape Paterson Surf Beach and can easily be accessed along the beach. Waves average about 1 m and the beach face is steep and narrow at high tide, and fronted by exposed rock at low tide, apart from the surging channel.


Only at high tide, but still be careful of the rocks.


There is a right hand reef break off the platform that is very popular with the locals.


A popular spot with excellent rock platforms and of course the channel itself.


A more secluded beach near the main surfing beach, most suitable for sunbathing, surfing on the reef and fishing, but not for bathing

Location: You’ll find The Channel Beach about halfway between Cape Paterson’s Bay and First Surf Beach. Access via the beach or the coastal tea tree walk, just a short work from surf beach road.


The Surrounds


Delve deep into Victoria’s mining history, explore a range of above-ground heritage sites and embark on scenic walks at Wonthaggi, a town built on the industry of ‘black gold’ – coal.

State Coal Mine

The State Coal Mine offers a journey back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the 1900s. Venture underground through the dark network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face and learn how Victoria’s hard working men extracted the black gold.

Bass Coast Rail Trail

Enjoy panoramic views of Bass Strait as you meander through farmland, coastal bushland, historic coal mining reserves and rugged coastline. The Bass Coast Rail Trail also links to the George Bass Coastal Walk at Kilcunda.


Swimmers, water sports enthusiasts and surfers flock to the beaches during warmer months, while the surrounding walks and drives make the village a popular year-round destination. 

Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest is a natural attraction found along the Bunurong Coastal Drive between Cape Paterson and Inverloch. This unusual rock is visible from afar and is one of the most photographed sights in the area.

The Cape

Australia’s first truly sustainable residential project: The Cape overlooks the spectacular Bunurong Coast and Bass Strait, residents can walk to beautiful unspoiled swimming and surfing beaches.