Escape to the small holiday village in Victoria's South East - Mallacoota
Mallacoota is one of East Gippsland's great escapes. A small holiday and fishing town situated at the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet in the far eastern corner of Victoria, surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park.
Mallacoota's remoteness has made it popular for visitors seeking a quiet seaside experience in an area surrounded by forests, secluded beaches and pristine waterways. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from many points along the coast, taking in the sandy beaches of the extensive inland waterway of the Mallacoota Inlet and the several islands located close to the shore. Fishing and boating are popular activities, and many visitors enjoy accommodation in beachfront apartments or foreshore caravan and camping grounds.
Mallacoota is surrounded by the 87,500 hectare Croajingolong National Park which extends for over 100 kilometres along the wilderness coast of the region. A number of lighthouses are present in the park, with the most prominent being the structure built in 1862 on the granite outcrop which makes up Gabo Island, located 13 kilometres from Mallacoota.
Unwind at this pretty costal town, blessed with Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer. Discover the coast from the popular and patrolled Betka Beach to the rugged Quarry Beach where snorkellers explore the rocks, or the peaceful Secret Beach. The Top Lake, Bottom Lake, the inlets, cliffs and beaches are all great places to explore – or just sit and watch the beautiful sunsets for which the area is renowned.
With sparkling waters on every side there's no better way to see the riches of Mallacoota than from the back of a boat. Bring your own ride and berth at a local jetty or hire one and head off exploring the waterways.
Another must-see is Gipsy Point – a beautiful peninsula jutting into the top lake of the Mallacoota Inlet, home to a large mob of kangaroos.
Just under 40 kilometres by road north of Mallacoota, via Genoa, the state border with New South Wales crosses the Princes Highway through an area of thick forest. The highway heads north along the New South Wales south coast.