Point Hicks and Tamboon

Point Hicks and Tamboon

Point Hicks and Tamboon

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Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

Croajingolong National Park

Journey through history, see unforgettable coastal landscapes, and experience some of Victoria's best fishing on the eastern limits of Croajingolong National Park. Visit Point Hicks Lightstation, Captains Cooks first landfall on mainland Australia, go fishing at Tamboon Inlet, and discover the Thurra River Dunes towering over the rugged coast below.
The granite headlands of Point Hicks are famed for being Captain Cooks first landfall on the Australian mainland. Although it isn’t without controversy, one thing is for certain, the panoramic Southern Ocean vistas along with its rich history make it a must-see on your next Croajingolong adventure.

Stay a night in the historic lighthouse keeper’s cottage and join a tour of the historic lighthouse precinct. Learn about life in this remote part of the world and climb the spiral staircase of the light station to be rewarded by stunning windswept coastal views.

Trade the comfort of the cottage for a shady campsite at Thurra River. Explore the isolated stretch of coast, visible through pockets of coastal woodlands, the tannin tinted Thurra River, perfect for a mid-summer swim, and the largest sand dunes in Victoria, the Thurra River Dunes. Watch for decorated native birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra, Pied Currawong and occasional White-bellied Sea Eagle circling above.

Get back to basics at secluded campsites nestled on the banks of Tamboon Inlet. Only accessible by boat and with its exceptional year-round fishing opportunities, the inlet draws anglers from across the state. Catch bream in the cool of winter and throughout the warmer months; tailor, flathead, salmon and perch.

Things To Do

 
The path from a campsite down to the water at Meuller Inlet at Croajingolong National Park

Mueller Inlet Campground

This campground is on the shores of Mueller Inlet and overlooks the inlet to the river mouth and ocean. The campsites are protected by a dune system covered in Banksia Woodland and Heath.
The jetty at Tamboon Inlet from Peachtree Creek Campground at Croajingolong National Park

Peachtree Creek Reserve

This campground is on the eastern shore of Tamboon Inlet, good for both fishing and bird watching. There is neither vehicle nor walking access to the coast so boats are an excellent way to explore the area. The inlet waters and surrounding forest are part of Croajingolong National Park, where there are other campgrounds available.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Situated deep within Croajingolong National Park, the Point Hicks Lighthouse now offers a unique holiday experience for those who want to stay in one of the keepers cottages, which are now comfortable, self-contained holiday accommodation.
Two hikers cross an estuary in the Croajingolong National Park.

Tamboon Inlet Campground

Access is by boat only. Car-based camping is available at the nearby Peachtree Creek Reserve, situated on the eastern shores of Tamboon Inlet.

Thurra River Campground

This campground is located in coastal woodland between the river and the ocean near Point Hicks. This is a popular spot for families to relax on hot days.

How to get there

Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

Peachtree Creek Campground, by Tamboon township is the only car-accessible campground on Tamboon Inlet. Launching facilities here give access to the remote campgrounds nestled along the shores of the inlet. Alternatively, park at Furnell and cruise down the Cann River to access the remote campsites.

Point Hicks Lightstation is easily accessed off the Princes Highway. At Cann River, turn onto Point Hicks Road and follow the unsealed road to the Lightstation Carpark. From here, a walking track climbs through coastal heath to the monumental lighstation.

If you have accommodation booked at the Point Hicks Lightstation, the access information does not apply to you. You will receive a gate pass to drive right up to the light station.

When to go

Fishing at Tamboon 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

Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

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.

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region
     
    Deer control operations (ground and aerial) will be carried out across the following parks and reserves between October 2022 and June 2023. 
     
    • Alpine National Park
      • Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
      • Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
      • Feathertop
      • Foothills and Southern Alps
      • Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy
    • Buchan Caves Reserve
    • Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    • Cape Conran Coastal Park
    • Coopracambra NP
    • Croajingolong NP
    • Errinundra NP
    • Lake Tyers State Park
    • Baw Baw NP
    • Mount Buffalo NP
    • Snowy River NP
    • Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
    • Wilsons Prom NP
     
    More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
     
     For more information on deer control to protect native species visit parks.vic.gov.au.

  • 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 – Cape Howe (Croajingolong National Park)

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations 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 – Croajingolong National Park

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations 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.

Similar Experiences

 
Two teenage girls kayaking on Mallacoota Inlet with mountains in the background.

Mallacoota Inlet

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.
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.
Four friends walk across the sand dunes along the Wildernous Coast Walk close to Mallacoota Inlet.

Wilderness Coast Walk

The Wilderness Coast Walk extends 100km from the eastern shores of Sydenham Inlet in Croajingolong National Park, to Wonboyn in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, New South Wales. This spot boasts a beautiful scenic walk along bright sanded beaches.
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