Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

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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.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Croajingolong National Park information update 12 February 2024

    Point Hicks Road is closed south of Bald Hills.
    The following six areas are closed because of the 2019/2020 bushfires and coastal erosion caused by ongoing heavy rainfall.  Visitors are unable to access the Point Hicks Lighthouse, Thurra River Campground, and nearby walking tracks. Parks Victoria continue to maintain surveillance and security of these areas. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.  
    ·      Point Hicks Lightstation
    ·      Thurra River Bridge
    ·      Thurra River Campground
    ·      Dunes Track
    ·      Saros Track
    ·      Sledge Track
     
    The Wilderness Coast Walk is open all the way from Bemm River to Mallacoota. Staff have recently marked sections of the track however, combined flood and fire damage have made some areas more difficult to negotiate. Hikers must be able to self-navigate with a map and compass.
     
     
    The following walking track is closed:
    ·      Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
     
    The following jetty around Mallacoota is closed:
    ·      Kingfish Point
     
    Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but many remain closed in areas affected by significant rainfall and flooding across Victoria in late 2022. The following tracks remain closed:
    ·      Betka Track
    ·      Miners Track
    ·      Lakeview Track
    ·      Howe Flat Track
    ·      Howe Hill Track
    ·      Barracoota Track
    The water trough at Wingan Inlet Campground is now reconnected to the creek. Visitors are reminded that this is not a potable source and must be treated before drinking.
     
    Ongoing heavy rainfall has impacted areas of Croajingolong National Park and other areas of the state. Monitor this page for updated information and site closures
     
     

    Goanna Bay Jetty Closed

    Goanna Bay Jetty closure
    Parks Victoria has recently closed the Goanna Bay Jetty (Mallacoota Inlet) for public safety reasons.

    The closure follows condition monitoring of the jetty that raised some concerns about its safety and structural integrity. A subsequent engineering assessment confirmed that the jetty’s condition was no longer safe for visitors. 

    The jetty was closed on Friday 10th November and will remain so until further notice. 

    Please note that the Goanna Bay day visitor area remains open to the public. However visitors will not be permitted to use the jetty during the closure period and will have to rely on alternative methods of safe access such as beaching or anchoring vessels to the shoreline. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer

    Partial park closures will be in place during aerial shooting operations targeting deer in the following parks:
     
    Snowy River NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Croajingolong NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Cape Conran CP
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Bogong High Plains, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains and Feathertop
    29 April – 3 May 2024
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Eastern Alps, Tom Groggin
    11-15 November 2024
     
    Mt Buffalo National Park
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Visitors are advised to check the Change of conditions listing immediately prior to arrival for up to date information and maps.
     
    For more information about the program please visit this link..

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

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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