Kilcunda sprung to mind as a “lets go” place on a rainy spring day. A place where we would’ve loved to have been visiting on a camping adventure. Due to the weather we were more than happy to explore this beautiful coastal town on this rainy day.
Situated on the Bass Coast is a great place to visit no matter what the weather conditions. It’s one of our favourite places to visit. On a sunny day the tourists flock here.
5 Reasons to visit Kilcunda
- Beautiful beach
- Iconic Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge
- Bass Coast Rail Trail
- Surfers delight
- Place to camp along the Bass Coast
Many come to Kilcunda to stroll along the wide beach and watch the huge waves come tumbling onto the shore. If the conditions are right you can sit on the sandy beach and watch the surfers. When the tide is out you can have fun clambering over the rocks.
Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge
From the beach you get a great view of the historical 91metre Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge which spans over the Bourne Creek. A visit to Kilcunda beach is not complete without walking over the 12metre high bridge which was built in 1911 and taking a walk down to the beach to view the bridge from below. A photographers dream. Taking photos of the trestle bridge with the Bass Coast in the background to the rolling farmland on the other side. Don’t forget to grab a snap from under the bridge.
Bass Coast Rail Trail
For those not into walking there is the Bass Coast Rail Trail which many cycle/walk along, you will see people of all ages riding/walking along this 16km scenic coastal track. The track goes from Anderson to Wonthaggi. We have not completed the 16km track but it is definitely on our list to explore.
Kilcunda a coastal town on the Bass coast in Gippsland, Victoria was once a coal mining township. It is said that Kilcunda is an Aboriginal term for “an exclamation” to mean “Oh dear, the sticks”. Whilst Kilcunda today is still a small country coastal town it would be still classed by many as being out in the sticks!!
The iconic Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge which spans 91m across Bourne Creek was once used to transport coal from the “Powlett Coal Fields” by the Victorian Railways in 1911 to 1978. This coal was used to fuel the steam locomotives that crossed the now iconic Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge.
Our Experience at Kilcunda
We have had several experiences at Kilcunda and this visit did not disappoint. We love it here. It is such a scenic place. Somewhere you can meet up with family/friends for a day at the beach or a BBQ/picnic or perhaps have a meal at the local pub. A place to visit anywhere from an hr to a day trip or even longer if you opt to camp or stay along the coast.
On this occasion we were striding along the Bass Coast Rail Trail and then headed onto the beach before the next downpour of rain came our way!! We could see the rain coming…..but this was not going to deter us exploring this beautiful coast line.
The tide was in, definitely no clambering over the rocks this visit. The waves were crashing onto the shore. The wind blowing through our hair. It was so invigorating. Fresh country sea air. Serenity & beauty making it a perfect place to explore this beautiful Victorian coastline.
After taking numerous photos of the Bourne Creek Trestle bridge which used to be part of the Woolamai-Wonthaggi railway until 1978 we imagined what it would be like if it was still in use. We had to think that although it has now formed part of the Bass Strait Rail Trail just imagine if today, trains still ran across this iconic bridge!! What a magical train ride this would be…one we would definitely go on!! We are unaware of a scenic coastal railway in Victoria.
Our Day Trip
With windblown hair we headed from Kilcunda Beach onto Venus Bay. The Bass Coast is a beautiful scenic tranquil place to explore. Note if you intend to take your dog with you ensure you read up on which beaches are dog friendly.
If you would like to see more about our day trip click on the below links. Whilst at Kilcunda you must also visit Shelley Beach, its beautiful.
There are picnic tables scattered at the different car parks where you’ll also find public toilets. Whilst the below picnic table looks to be in the middle of no where it certainly provides a beautiful view whilst you take a break and enjoy your picnic.
From the car parks you generally have to climb up stairs to reach the beach. The climb is certainly well worth it.
If you are not wanting to venture onto the beach there are seats scattered along the walking trail where you can sit, relax and soak up the atmosphere of this scenic destination.
Nearby places of interest
There are so many places of interest nearby. From Phillip Island, visiting the popular fairy penguins to exploring more of the Bass Coast. Wind farms to scenic beaches. Another of our favourite places has to be Inverloch where you often see sting rays swimming around the jetty.
If you are traveling from Melbourne to Kilcunda there is the Maru Koala and Animal Park which we have heard is a great place to visit. Yes, it’s on our to go list!! Boy our list is so long and continues to grow, it grows faster than what we can tick off our list!!
Approximately 123km, 1hr 27mins from Melbourne CBD
Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge, Kilcunda Location
Approximately 124km, 1hr 30mins from Melbourne CBD
Whilst we have visited this beautiful, scenic part of the Bass Coast on several occasions we are not done with exploring it. Have you got any experiences or recommendations of places we should explore in this scenic part of Victoria? We’d love to hear about them.