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Mt William National Park

Activities

Mt William

Coastal Lagoon

Day visitor facilities

A day-shelter with gas barbecues is found near campground No. 4 at Stumpys Bay Day Use Area in the north of the park. Picnic tables and pit toilets are provided at each campground.

There are no garbage bins in the park, so please take all rubbish out with you. Waste disposal facilities are located at Gladstone and Ansons Bay. (see onsite information for opening times)

Camping

Campgrounds and narrow access tracks are not suitable for large caravans and motorhomes. They may be seriously damaged due to limited manoeuvring space and large overhanging tree branches. Small to medium sized caravans and motorhomes can be accommodated in all campgrounds except Stumpys No. 2, which is suited to tent and campertrailer-based camping.

Several sheltered camping areas have been developed around Stumpys Bay in the north of the park. There is also a campground (Top Camp) at the far northern end of the park, to the east of Musselroe Bay township.

At the southern end of the park the Deep Creek campground is found at the end of the beachside road from Eddystone Point to Deep Creek.

All official campgrounds are marked with signs and there are plenty of sheltered sites, but no power is provided. Generators are permitted at all campgrounds other than Stumpys No 2 campground (tents & campertrailers). Please restrict generator use to between 10am and 10pm.

Campers are required to pay camping fees upon occupying a campsite. Deposit boxes are situated at each campground. EFTPOS facilities are not available at Mt William National Park.

See Camping and Cabin Fees for further details and costs. Park entry fees also apply.

Campsite Stumpys 1 Stumpys 2 Stumpys 3 Stumpys 4 Top Camp (Musselroe Bay) Deep Creek (southern end)
Camping - Caravans Motorhomes Tents Y   Y Y Y Y
Camping - Tent and Campertailer Only   Y        
Beach access Y Y Y  Y Y Y
Pit toilet Y Y Y Y Y Y
Bore water Y   Y     Y
Picnic tables Y Y Y Y Y Y
Gas BBQ Y (in Day Use Area only)
Fire pots permitted Y Y Y Y Y Y
Open fire only in fireplace provided Y
Y
Y
Generators (10am-10pm only) Y Y Y Y Y
Beach boat launch
Y

Water

Bore water is provided at campgrounds No.1 & 3 and at Deep Creek. It is only suitable for washing up purposes. You need to bring your own fresh drinking water. (This is available at Gladstone.)

Fires and firewood

Firewood is not provided. Visitors must bring their own wood or purchase at Gladstone. As fire restrictions might apply, visitors are encouraged to use a portable cooking stove. A shelter shed and free gas barbecues are available at Stumpys No. 4 Day Use Area. Fires are only permitted in fireplaces provided or in personal fire pots and fuel stoves. Be aware of Fire Danger Ratings and understand your responsibility in lighting a campfire.

Please remember, chainsaws are prohibited and it is an offence to cut or damage any vegetation in a national park.


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White sandy beaches and lichen-encrusted
rocks are a feature of the park

Water Activities

The waters around the park provide plenty of scope for the boating enthusiast. However care is needed as there are many reefs just below the surface.

Launching sites for small craft are restricted to the Great Musselroe Bay township, and at No. 3 campsite, Stumpys Bay. At Deep Creek (Picnic Rocks) in the south, launching for boats is restricted to the ramp at Eddystone Point. For all launching sites, a four-wheel drive vehicle is required.

The coastal waters adjacent to the park offer good fishing. To the south, Ansons Bay has long been recognised as a good spot for bream fishing. 

Swimming is a popular summer activity, with a number of bays, beaches and lagoons to choose from. Care is needed at all of the open beaches as deep water and undertows make swimming potentially dangerous. Snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities off the coast of the park are among the best in the state. Georges Rocks, Eddystone Point and a number of other spots are popular with divers. 

Walks

Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to check the weather.

Walks within this park range from easy strolls on the beach to coast and heath walks of half a day or longer. You will need to take your own water for all walks as no reliable drinking water is available on the tracks. Mt William walk is an easy 1 - 1/2 hour (return) walk. Follow signs from the Forester Kangaroo Drive to the walk carpark. Climb easily along a clearly defined track to the top of the highest point in the park - Mt William (216m). From the top in clear weather there are extensive views over the coast and inland, while to the north you'll see some of the Bass Strait islands.

Cobler Rocks walk is an easy 1 1/2 - 2 hour return trip. Leave from the sign-posted road barrier near campground No. 4 and follow a fire trail that undulates gently through coastal heath before coming out at the coast near Cobler Rocks. A short beach walk past the mouth of the lagoon leads to the start of Cod Bay and uninterrupted coastal views stretching to the park's southern end near Eddystone Point. Return via the same fire trail. 

Other Coastal Walks

The park's extensive coastline provides ample scope for long and varied beach and coast walking. You will need a detailed map for navigation. You should also take your own drinking water as there is no reliable water along the coast.

If walking from Mt William to Binalong Bay over several days, be aware of the Ansons Bay barway. Whilst narrow, it is too deep to walk across. Detour around the bay or arrange for a watercraft to ferry you.