The quaint seaside town of Mallacoota is tucked away in East Gippsland in Victoria Australia. This beautiful part of the state is dominated by the surrounding Croagingalong National Park UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Mallacoota is the perfect launch spot to explore the pristine wilderness of East Gippsland, with its amazing and diverse beach, river and bush locations and experiences to indulge all your senses.
This stunning part of Victoria, offers visitors year-round opportunity to immersed in what is a unique and beautiful natural paradise offering a huge range of activities. From fishing, boating, bush walking, bird watching, surfing and more. There is something for everyone of all ages and abilities. Here are our top picks.
Pristine Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers, stretches of sandy beach and deep ocean dominate this part of Victoria…water is everywhere! Fishing is naturally a huge draw card for local, state and international visitors. Whether fishing for flathead or mullet or off-shore for tuna, it’s all there for visitors to try and most are not disappointed.
Bring your own tinny or maybe you have something a little bit more substantial boating wise. No boat, then no worries and you can hire one locally.
If you plan to fish on your holiday, you will need a Recreational Fishing Licence which can be obtained locally or online at Victorian Fisheries and Wildlife.
Visit East Gippsland also manages a Fishing Report issued each Thursday. Check out what’s biting and more importantly where.
Walking + Bird Watching
Croagingalong National Park with 100kms of undeveloped coastline, provides a rich variety of landscapes to explore on foot. Tall eucalypt, colourful heathlands, tidal estuary, sandy beaches as well as small pockets of ancient temperate forests and breathtaking views will awe and inspire. The estuary and lake environment in Mallacoota is utterly stunning with more unspoilt shoreline.
This stunning part of Victoria is home to a very diverse of animal life, from the impressive sea eagle to lyrebirds, platypus, koalas, reptiles, butterflies and much much more.
Walking is a regular and popular activity in Mallacoota. You can explore some of the easier tracks round Mallacoota ranging from less than 1km to 8km in length and combinations thereof. The Mallacoota Coastal walk will take you further afield. This 5.5km walk to Betka Beach has viewing platforms along the way. Longer and more challenging half-day and full day walks are possible. If you have a boat there are also many designated picnic spots, some with BBQ facilities, which you can visits in the estuary lake system.
Lots of information is available in the Guest Book at The River House so can plan your next nature expedition.
The Mallacoota lake system is a water sport enthusiast’s dream location. Windsurfing, canoeing and general boating are perfectly suited to explore this beautiful part of Victoria. Top Lake and Bottom Lake are linked at The Narrows with lots of arms to the side which can be calmly explored and enjoyed.
Betka Beach offers a good family swimming area. Try surfing at Town Beach at Bastion Point and more experienced surfers can go to Tip Beach. All beach users are reminded to swim between flags when possible and to take note of all weather and water conditions.
Again we provide loads of useful information on water sport opportunities at The River House.
Gabo Island Light Station Reserve is worthy of a special mention and a destination all visitors to Mallacoota should consider. Gabo Island is located 14kms from Mallacoota and is rich in history and natural beauty. This windswept island and its famous still operational lighthouse is unspoilt and nature at its best. Water taxi services to Gabo Island are run by Wilderness Coast Ocean Charters tel 03 5158 0701 or Wilderness Fishing Tours.
Tours are conducted of the lighthouse or take a picnic lunch and relax on one of the sandy beaches. Lighthouse tours must be pre-booked and subject to availability. Contact Parks Victoria Ranger on 131963.
Cruises and Tours
If you would rather sit back and be guided round by an expert local, then consider booking one of the cruise and tour operators in Mallacoota.
M.V. Loch-Ard - cruise on a 100 year old kauri and huon pine vessel
Kiah Wilderness Tours – guided kayak tours
Mallacoota Fishing Charters and Tours – offshore fishing charters
The Visit East Gippsland for lots more information on what to see and do when visiting Mallacoota.