Cape Howe and Mallacoota

Cape Howe and Mallacoota

Cape Howe and Mallacoota

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Cape Howe and Mallacoota

Croajingolong National Park

Blessed with Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer, the coastal township of Mallacoota is one of Victoria’s great escapes. Surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of Croajingolong National Park and coastal headland of Cape Howe, this corner of Victoria is just begging to be explored.

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.

Things To Do

 
Three friends hike along the coastline at the Cape Howe Wilderness Zone as part of the Wilderness Coast Walk.

Cape Howe Wilderness Zone

Cape Howe Wilderness Zone is part of Croajingolong National Park. It adjoins Nadgee Wilderness Area along the border between Victoria and New South Wales.
The view from Genoa Peak at sunset in the Croajingolong National Park near Mallacoota.

Genoa Peak

North west of Mallacoota, Genoa Peak offers magnificent views of the Wilderness Coast, the Thurra Dunes and Mallacoota Inlet. To access Genoa Peak, a gravel road from the Princes Highway leads to a picnic area, where a walking track provides access to the summit. The walk is 1.5km in length and a moderate level of fitness is required.
Mum and Dad sit around the campfire with their infant son while their three other children play in the background.

Shipwreck Creek

This small campground is set in a tall forest above a small secluded cove which is only a 10 minute walk away. It is an excellent base for walks covering both heathland and coastal scenery.

How to get there

Cape Howe and Mallacoota

Croajingolong National Park is located approximately 450 kilometres east of Melbourne and 500 kilometres south of Sydney. The park is easily accessible from the Princes Highway – with a number of turnoffs to key destinations and attractions.

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

Fishing at Mallacoota Inlet is best from December through to early May; however, it is one of the few locations in Victoria where fishing can be enjoyed year-round.

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.

Need to know

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.

  • Thurra River (Croajingolong National Park)

    Thurra Campground

    The Thurra campground is currently closed pending replacement of the Thurra River bridge and safety works in the campground.  Reopening is taking longer than expected due to the scale and complexity of works.  Thurra campground may be reopened for summer 2023-2024, however please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Lakeview, Miners and a section of Betka Tracks closed due to severe storm damage

     Tracks closed due to severe storm damage making conditions Dangerous, impassable and unsafe for vehicle access

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Cape Howe (Croajingolong National Park)

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    17-21 October 2022
    24-28 October 2022
    27-31 March 2023
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Croajingolong NP _Cape Howe aerial shooting information (485KB)

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Croajingolong National Park

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    17-21 October 2022
    24-28 October 2022
    27-31 March 2023
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Croajingolong NP aerial shooting information (597KB)

    Flood impacts to tracks and visitor sites

    Croajingolong National Park was impacted by flooding in early April and some sites are currently closed. Monitor this page for updated site closures. 


    Assessments are ongoing and further areas may be closed at short notice or not accessible on arrival. 

  • Mueller Camp (Croajingolong National Park)

    Mueller Inlet Campground - Closed due to flood damage

    Following heavy rainfall in East Gippsland in late March/early April 2022, Mueller Inlet Campground will be closed until further notice due to flood damage.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Areas of Croajingolong National Park closed due to fire damage

    The following areas of Croajingolong National Park remain closed:
    ·      Gravelly Point, including the jetty
    ·      Kingfish Point, including the jetty
    ·      Wilderness Coast Walk is closed between Bemm River and Shipwreck Creek due to fire and flood damage
    ·      Thurra River Campground
    ·      Point Hicks Road is closed south of Fishermans Track
    ·      Cicada Trail
    ·      Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
    ·      Gale Hill Track
    ·      Rame Head Track

    Parks Victoria apologises for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as recovery work progresses.

  • Wingan Inlet Campground (Croajingolong National Park)

    Wingan Water Supply Trough

    Campers are advised that the water supply trough at Wingan has been impacted by recent flooding.  Campers should be self-sufficient in providing for their water needs for the duration of their visit and not rely on re-supply from the trough.

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