The beauty of Bass Coast becomes evident as you climb the rolling hills beyond Anderson and descend into the coastal hamlet of Kilcunda.
Situated along the rugged coastline between Phillip Island and Wonthaggi, Kilcunda offers excellent fishing, surfing and swimming beaches. Spectacular views are on offer along the clifftops on the George Bass Coastal Walk to San Remo.


Originally a coal mining township, the Western Port Coal Mining Company extracted black coal from 1871. The Post Office opened on 5 August 1879.  In the late 1870s a narrow railway was built between Kilcunda and San Remo to take coal to Melbourne by steamer via San Remo.

Evidence of coal mining is scattered across Kilcunda, the most famous is the old Kilcunda Rail Bridge on the eastern side. Commissioned in 1910 and decommissioned in the 1970s, it now forms part of the Bass Coast Rail Trail stretching 16 kilometres from Wonthaggi to Anderson.

Places of interest

Historic Trestle Bridge
Mouth of Powlett River into Bass Strait
George Bass Coastal Walk
Bass Coast Rail Trail
Historic Mine Reserve
Kilcunda Ridge Road views of Bass Strait and Westernport Bay


Kilcunda is serviced by a motel, caravan parks, B&B’s and private house rentals. For accommodation and other information go to or phone 1300 854334.

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Town statistics

Population 280
Distance from Melbourne 122 kilometres, 76 miles and 1.75 hours driving time
Road access Bass Highway

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