There is no better way to enjoy the charm of Mallacoota Inlet than from the water. Bring your own boat, canoe or kayak, or hire from a local provider. The inlet is the perfect escape for fishing enthusiasts and many competitions are held here year round. Catch bream, mulloway, tailor and flathead and cook them on the BBQ.
If fishing isn’t your forte, pack a picnic and cruise the endless expanses of the Top and Bottom Lakes. Spot pelicans, little terns, herons scouting for their next meal, and if you’re lucky, the White-bellied Sea Eagle. Pull up at one of the ten jetties and picnic areas around the lake for a scenic picnic or bbq or refreshing swim.
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Cape Howe Wilderness Zone
How to get there
Cape Howe and Mallacoota
To access Mallacoota, turn off the Princes Highway at Genoa on to Mallacoota-Genoa Road. Cape Howe is a designated wilderness zone and can only be accessed on foot. For more information on accessing this area contact the Mallacoota Parks Office. Any overnight hikes in the Cape Howe Wilderness needs to be booked via the NSW National Parks Service Merimbula Office.
When to go
Flathead, whiting, yellowfin, bream and perch are most likely to bite from late spring to autumn. Throughout winter large schools of Black Bream make their way into the estuary. And tailor, salmon and trevally are also known to bit throughout June, July and August.
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Cape Howe and Mallacoota
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Point Hicks Lighthouse and caravan turning circle access.Vehicle access beyond the end of the Thurra campground is currently modified due to ongoing coastal erosion. Visitors wishing to access the beach at the gate or walk to the Lighthouse need to park at the end of the Thurra campground in the Hiker's carpark. Please note that this extends the Lighthouse walk to 8 km return (and also extends the West Beach, Saros and Sledge Walks). Due to this change, caravans greater than 4 metres in length are no longer recommended for Thurra camp as there is no turnaround area available. These changes are made to ensure visitor safety.
Croajingolong National Park
Kingfish jetty closedKingfish Point Jetty on Mallacoota Inlet has collapsed and requires significant repair. The jetty is out of use until further notice, which may limit access for some vessels.
Cicada Trail 4WD track
Due to storm damage, Cicada Trail does not currently have through access from West Wingan Road to Point Hicks Road.
Miners track poor conditionMiners Track, from the Mallacoota-Genoa Road and Betka Track intersection, is in very poor condition and not recommended for vehicles towing trailers. Miners Track is only recommended for experienced drivers equipped with appropriate recovery equipment and vehicles that can deal with extreme four wheel drive conditions. Alternative access to Betka Track is via Stoney Peak Road or Centre Track.