About Cape Paterson
Cape Paterson is situated on the southern coast of Australia, approximately 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. The coastline here forms part of the Bunurong Marine Reserve, which is recognised as a unique marine environment.
The Cape is about families, natural beauty and the sea. The bay beach is a delight for children and the modified rock-pool is great for supervised swimming. The beaches are patrolled throughout the summer and on public holidays in the warmer months.
The town of Cape Paterson itself is a quiet place, largely populated by holiday homes. We do have a general store, and a friendly tavern.
The Cape was originally named after Lt. Colonel Paterson, who was 2nd in Command of the Botany Bay Settlement. Much later, when coal mining began at Wonthaggi, the miners were quick to recognise the fishing and recreational possibilities of the nearby coastline. Some of the miners built shacks and boathouses on the foreshore, and supplemented their income by selling locally caught fish and crayfish.
The mine closed in the late 1960s but has remained a local attraction, with underground mine tours held daily.
Today Wonthaggi, only 8km from Cape Paterson, has a large number of shops, restaurants, supermarkets and attractions.
If you’re interested in exploring further afield, Cape Paterson is only 40km from Phillip Island and 70km from Wilson’s Promontory. There’s also the glorious South Gippsland scenery in between. In particular, the drive from Cape to nearby Inverloch is one of the most spectacular roads in Victoria and one of the areas best kept secrets. We’re sure that you’ll find plenty to do in the area if you get tired of relaxing on the beautiful Cape Paterson beaches.