Home> boat ramp upgrades> cape conran

Cape Conran

Project update – September 14

Work is underway on an upgrade of boating facilities at Cape Conran.

Crews are on site establishing a rock bag coffer dam to allow work on the ramp to begin.

The upgrade project features an extended jetty, work to resurface the ramp and make it steeper. Hazardous areas of rock will also be marked to boost safety.

Work began on Monday, September 12 and is expected to continue until mid-December. The ramp is closed while construction is ongoing. The nearest ocean access is at Mallacoota or Lakes Entrance.

You can follow along with progress via the ramp camera on the FREE Boating Vic app and at www.boating.vic.gov.au

Better Boating Victoria has been working together with local boaters, Parks Victoria and Traditional Owners to progress permits, approvals and detailed designs for the future upgrade of the Cape Conran boat ramp.

Cape Conran ramp is located within the Cape Conran Coastal Park, 15 kilometres east of Marlo. The natural significance of Cape Conran Coastal Park and access to offshore fishing makes it a popular regional destination for boaters and angers. The immediate area surrounding the facility is of significant environmental and aboriginal cultural heritage importance.

In 2021, we engaged marine and civil engineers, FSC Range, to prepare concept designs for the boat ramp upgrade.

BBV has provided funding as part of the Victorian Government’s investment into recreational boating, collaborating with Parks Victoria who will be project managing the project’s delivery.

A tender has been awarded for construction to local firm McInnes Earthmoving and work will begin in mid-September, 2022.

The final design has been developed with advice and input key stakeholders including local recreational fishers, abalone divers the coast guard and management authorities and the necessary approvals have been obtained. The upgrade will include incremental improvements to the existing boat ramp whilst remaining on the existing footprint to limit impact to surrounding aboriginal cultural heritage.

Click the following link to view a summary of the feedback: Survey Report Card – Cape Conran

Click here to view the detailed design.

The Parks Victoria-managed facility is a popular boating and fishing destination in East Gippsland which provides the only direct ocean access boat ramp between Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota, and a key access point for the Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary.

Key features of the upgrade include

  • Increasing jetty by 21m to provide additional berthing space
  • Steepening the gradient of the ramp to bring it in-line with current standards and reduce build up of sand and kelp
  • Marking of ‘prop rock’ to improve navigation and safety
  • Construction of a new concreate apron
  • Installation of convex mirrors and winch
  • Construction of retaining wall to protect vehicles and Aboriginal cultural heritage from collision

The Victorian Government has made all boat ramps in Victoria free for people across the state to enjoy and Better Boating Victoria are currently progressing the biggest boat ramp infrastructure construction program in Victoria’s history with a dedicated new Better Boating Fund.

Return to top Mahers Landing Upgrade

Our Current Ramp Upgrades

View All Ramp Upgrades