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Gabo Island

Gabo Island is rich in cultural history. This haven for plants and animals offers stunning landscapes with magnificent views of Croajingolong National Park.

The lighthouse was constructed from 1858 to 1862 using the distinctive pink granite found on the island and is the only operating island lighthouse in Victoria.

Tours of the 47metre high structure are available. The views from the top are spectacular. If you are lucky, you might spot whales, dolphins and seals. Tour fees apply - book with at Parks Victoria's Mallacoota office prior to your arrival on the island.

Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Gabo Island: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Gabo Island


Gabo Island is rich in cultural history. This haven for plants and animals offers stunning landscapes with magnificent views of Croajingolong National Park.

The lighthouse was constructed from 1858 to 1862 using the distinctive pink granite found on the island and is the only operating island lighthouse in Victoria.

Tours of the 47-metre high structure are available. The views from the top are spectacular. If you are lucky, you might spot whales, dolphins and seals. Tour fees apply - book with at Parks Victoria's Mallacoota office prior to your arrival on the island.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Located 13km from
Mallacoota, VIC, 3892

Located 0.1K from Gabo Island

Mallacoota Bunker Museum


The Mallacoota Bunker Museum is operated by the Mallacoota and District Historical Society, whose aim is to preserve and display Mallacoota's unique WWII history and the local history of the district.

The museum is located in a large underground concrete bunker from where anti-submarine operations were conducted throughout WWII. During that conflict, the bunker was an important part of a chain of defence installations located along the southern and eastern coastline.

It was the headquarters of RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region, and provided the command post co-ordinating defence of shipping passing the south-east corner of the continent. Aerial surveillance was provided by Avro Ansons and by Beaufort aircraft from the adjacent airfield, while Sea Gull flying boats operated from Mallacoota Lake.

A radar installation and signal station on nearby Gabo Island provided surface surveillance and communications. This system provided defence against German surface raiders in early years of WWII and subsequently against attacks from Japanese submarines.

These installations were operated on a joint service basis with the RAAF's 1 Operational Base Unit operating the Bunker and the Gabo radar site, the Army providing local security from 38 Battalion and the RAN operating the signal station on Gabo Island.

The arduous restoration of the 60 year old facility was undertaken by the R&SL with assistance from community and service volunteers. It was opened by the then Governor of Victoria, John Landy in May 2002. Exhibits include displays and artefacts from the WWII period and relics and records of Mallacoota's early pioneers, industries (wattle bark gathering, grazing, fishing) and shipwrecks.

Mallacoota was also home to E.J. Brady's writers' camp where some of the noted poets of the time stayed and worked.




Airport Road
Mallacoota, VIC, 3892

Located 13.7K from Gabo Island

Nadgee Wilderness Walk


If you're looking for the ultimate coastal hike, Nadgee Wilderness Walk could possibly be the one. Not for the faint-hearted, it's a four-day 50 kilometre hike along untouched pieces of southern New South Wales coastline from Merrica River to Mallacoota, and well worth experiencing.

In a truly isolated and spectacular environment, you'll discover remote beaches, rugged coastline, tranquil lagoons and shifting sand dunes. As you walk, you'll easily become a birdwatcher - hundreds of seabirds can be seen along the way, such as short-tailed shearwaters and gannets. Whales can be seen making their annual migration between September and November.

You'll need to be an experienced backpack camper to explore the entirety of this walk. Little Creek Estuary, Bunyip Hole and Nadgee River campgrounds, to name a few, are great places to settle down for the evening.

Walkers staying overnight require a permit, contact the Merimbula NPWS for more details.





Nadgee Nature Reserve
Nadgee, NSW, 2551

Located 18.1K from Gabo Island

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