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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lang Lang Coastal Walk - Westernport Marine National Park

Lang Lang is a small country town with a population of over 1,000, located 90 km South East of Melbourne, along the South Gippsland Highway.

The district was first settled in 1839.

Nearby is the Lang Lang Foreshore, a 4 km strip of coastline on Westernport Bay, reached from the Highway along Jetty Lane.

At low tide, an immense mudflats area is exposed, the habitat of many waterbirds and sea creatures.

These mudflats are an important feature of the amazing ecology of the Bay, part of the Westernport Marine National Park.

The Foreshore area is a camping area. Nearby are rows of quaint little boatsheds and small permanent caravans and cabins next to the beach. Part of this area is classified as a Heritage Overlay, specified as "typical of a 1950s style coastal resort". The land is owned by the Crown, and private individuals take out licences for the sheds.

No alterations of any kind may be made to the sheds or other structures without Council approval.

Erosion is a continuing problem, and various trials have been made in attempts to limit the effects. This included the placement of a tall wooden poles on the beach near the boatsheds, and old tyres on posts (at the extreme north of the beach).

There is a stone seawall, information boards, and a boat ramp.

The mangrove population has disappeared, and new plantings have not been successful.

The old jetty was demolished in 2007.

The Foreshore Committee of Management carries out maintenance and upkeep, supported by Government grants, revenue from camping fees, with the assistance of DSE, the local Council, and Parks Victoria.

My visit to this interesting beach was on March 20, 2009, where I did a 6 km coastal walk (return). This took me north to near the mouth of the Lang Lang River, and south to Red Bluff.

The tide was out - there were good views across the Bay towards the French Island National Park and north towards Tooradin.

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See the full set of Photos of my visit!

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