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Wherever you are in Walkerville, the peaks and islands of Wilsons Promontory National Park dominate the horizon.

This idyllic coastal settlement, formerly known as Waratah, is located at the south-western end of Waratah Bay and once was one of the busiest places in South Gippsland.

Remnants of the kilns that supplied quick lime to the Melbourne building industry between 1875 and 1926 can still be seen on the foreshore and are currently being restored by a traditional stone-mason.


In its heyday the Waratah lime industry used to support about 80 workers and their families who lived in cottages and were served by a general store, a post office and a coffee palace.

Today Walkerville still features stunning coastal views and great swimming and fishing spots, as well as a caravan park and a kiosk right next to the beach.


Walkerville is surrounded by the 4,175-hectare Cape Liptrap,Coastal Park, which extends from Waratah Bay to the east to the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the west.

The Park boasts extensive coastal heathlands of scented paperbark, common heath, several varieties of she-oaks, silver banksia, bushy hakea and prickly tea-tree.

It is home to wombats, wallabies, koalas, echidnas and the rare swamp antechinus, as well as many types of native birds, such as wrens, crimson rosellas, pied currawongs and the eastern whipbird.

Along the beach look for Pacific and silver gulls, sooty oyster-catchers, herons, cormorants and Australian gannets.


There are a number of walking and fire access tracks within the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, and the adventurous will enjoy rock-hopping at low tide along the coast from Walkerville South to Bear Gully.

A 1.2-kilometre walking track starts at the Walkerville North caravan park and leads to the Promontory View housing estate to the north.

The track passes through scenic coastal woodlands with a diverse understorey of smaller native plants. A 700-metre side track takes walkers to a viewing platform overlooking Waratah Bay, with the Prom in the background.


Another path the 800-metre Walkerville North - South Link Track combines coastal scenery and vegetation with local history.

The track winds its way over the Bluff past stands of drooping she-oak, dramatic rock formations, the Walkerville cemetery and the ruins of four lime kilns.

The track has been recently upgraded by Parks Victoria and now includes flights of timber steps traversing some of the steeper sections.

The steps also help to prevent erosion and afford further protection to the fragile coastal environment.

A highlight of the Walkerville North-South Link Track is the historic Walkerville cemetery where the graves of people from early settlers' and lime-burners' families may be seen.

Most of the epitaphs on the weather-worn headstones are still legible and can tell an evocative tale of the people who lived, worked and died in the district.

The track allows walkers to see the natural environment of the Walkerville district at its best.

Mature coastal vegetation affords protection from the winds that blow in from across Waratah Bay but still presents post-card glimpses of the sea.

The Walkerville district is famous for its rock formations, which have been described as one of the most interesting and complex geological sequences in Victoria.

Walkerville's land forms include rock platforms, steep cliffs, sea caves, rock stacks like Bird Rock and sandy beaches.

The beach at Walkerville North varies from sandy sections to rocky platforms dotted with pools filled with marine animals and plants.

At low tide the sea recedes, living behind miniature marine ecosystems in each rockpool.

At high tide, the sea almost reaches the rock wall bordering Bayside Drive.

The Walkerville district is renowned for its fishing, from the beach and the many rock ledges to be found there, and also out on Waratah Bay.

Boats may be launched from the beach at Walkerville North.


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