Mallacoota is a small coastal town of around 1000 residents, on the easternmost tip of Victoria's wilderness coast. Surrounded by Croajingolong National Park and the Cape Howe Marine National Park, it is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, forests, unspoiled beaches and a spectacular lakes system.
Information about activities in and around Mallacoota is available from the Mallacoota Visitors' Centre.
Mallacoota is home to an incredibly rich and diverse range of wildlife.
More than 300 species of birds—many of them rare and unique to Australia—nest or visit each year, including white-bellied sea eagles, parrots, plovers, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, wild ducks, owls, lyrebirds, pelicans, black swans and eastern spinebills.
Seals and dolphins are often spotted in the lakes and whales cruise off the ocean beach on their annual migrations.
Kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats, lace monitors (goannas), possums, sugar gliders, lizards and frogs are plentiful in this pristine wilderness environment.
Named after the Indigenous people who originally inhabited this coastal region, Croajingolong National Park supports some 1500 plant species throughout its spectacular and ever-changing landscape. Eucalypt forests, rainforests and heathland feature a complex web of plants from the soaring Mallacoota Gum (Eucalyptus maidenii) through to tiny orchids.
Wildflowers bloom from August through to December, making even short bushwalks a sensory delight.
Bushwalking, hiking, sailing, boating, fishing, golfing, bike riding, surfing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, bird-watching and whale-watching are just some of the activities on offer in this idyllic part of the wilderness coast.
Hire a bike and take a leisurely ride around the newly-completed lakeside boardwalk or the coastal pushbike trail to Shipwreck Creek.
Hire a boat and go fishing, or cruise the lakes and rivers. Visit historic Gabo Island.
Or relax, curl up with a book on one of the beautiful ocean beaches or inlets, and soak up the serenity.