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Mallacoota

Tucked away on a beautiful inlet in far-east Gippsland is Mallacoota, a popular year-round coastal destination that enjoys Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer, with the bonus of its proximity to the magnificent Croajingolong National Park.

A sunset over Mallacoota's pristine coastline needs to be witnessed at least once in a lifetime, as do the diverse landscapes in the Croajingolong National Park - from pure white sandy beaches to granite peaks and heathland. Visit Gabo Island Lightstation Reserve, home to a host of seabirds and one of the world's largest colonies of Little Penguins. Access is possible by boat or air and you can even stay overnight in the lighthouse keeper's cottage.

This pretty coastal town is a complete escape. The best ways to explore the Top Lake, Bottom Lake, inlets, cliffs and beaches are by water. Take a cruise and see Mallacoota Inlet with a local expert or paddle a canoe up the Genoa or Wallagaraugh rivers to Gipsy Point, a beautiful peninsula jutting into the top lake of the Mallacoota Inlet and home to a large mob of kangaroos. You can even hire a boat and spend a day fishing for bream in the Inlet, a popular local pastime.

Discover the coast from the popular and patrolled Betka Beach and the rugged Quarry Beach where you can snorkel among the rocks, to the peaceful Secret Beach. Take the Genoa Peak Walk to the top of Genoa Peak to enjoy superb views over the Croajingolong wilderness coastline, Gabo Island and the Mallacoota Lakes.

Mallacoota's unspoilt coast is more than 500 kilometres east of Melbourne, or close to six hours on the Princes Highway.

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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 0.2K from Mallacoota

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 13.9K from Mallacoota

Point Hicks Marine National Park


Point Hicks Marine National Park is 4000ha and is located alongside Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland. The granite cliffs of Point Hicks beautifully frame the marine park which represents Victoria's far-eastern marine environment. Within the waters one can discover a range of habitats including granite subtidal reef, intertidal rock platforms and offshore sands. Some notable features are front reef and Whaleback Rock which have deep gutters of 1-15m and support many invertebrates. The seafloor drops away rapidly from shore descending to 90m which makes it one of the deepest marine areas within Victoria. The site also contains two shipwrecks, the SS Kerangie and the SS Saros.

Throughout the park there is a startling diversity of marine life. Many creatures found here are not found further west because the water is too cold, for example, the large Black Sea Urchin. Through the remarkably clear water, one can see swaying brown seaweeds with colourful sponges, sea squirts and sea fans growing around their base. There are numerous brightly colour seastars, brittle stars, abalone, fan worms, sea shells, hermit crabs and delicate nudibranchs (sea slugs). The fish diversity is just as great including schools of pelagic (free-swimming) fish such as Butterfly Perch, Silver Sweep, Long-finned Pike and Banded Morwongs.

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.





Mallacoota Road
Genoa, VIC, 3891

Located 14.2K from Mallacoota

Croajingolong National Park


Named after the Aboriginal people of the area, Croajingolong National Park follows the far-eastern coastline of Victoria for 100 kilometres and features eucalypt forest, rainforest and heathland.

Secluded coastal camping spots are a perfect base for beach walks, birdwatching, boating and fishing. Relax in a boat on the Mallacoota Lakes, climb Genoa Peak for panoramic views along the coast or visit the massive sand dunes at Thurra River.

Point Hicks Lightstation, set deep within the park, is an imposing concrete tower completed in 1890. While Gabo Island Lightstation, built of distinctive pink granite, can be reached by air or sea. Both offer tours and accommodation.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero identify the Croajingolong National Park as their Traditional Country.

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.




Mallacoota Rd
Genoa, VIC, 3891

Located 14.2K from Mallacoota

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 22.7K from Mallacoota

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