A seaside resort town which takes its name from the Gaelic for lake entrance, Inverloch sits at the mouth of Anderson Inlet 145km south-east of Melbourne. The inlet protects Australian’s southernmost stand of mangroves and the good surf and long stretches of heavily-duned beaches make Inverloch a popular summer holiday spot.
The waters off Inverloch are becoming increasingly popular for summer boating, fishing, waterskiing and, thanks to the Bass Strait breezes, for sailing and sail-boarding.
The scenic drive from Inverloch to Cape Paterson, which passes through the Bunurong Cliff Coastal Reserve, presents superb views to rival those of the Great Ocean Road and the waters off the cape are a magnet for spear fishermen.
The entire coastline is renowned for its rich fishing grounds and bird-watchers tend to flock on Townsends Bluff and Mahers Landing where both resident and migratory birds browse and roost. The Environment Centre’s Shell Museum at Inverloch hosts a very impressive collection of shells from the area.