Point Hicks Lightstation

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Point Hicks Lighthouse

The secluded and pristine Croajingolong National Park is home to the historic Point Hicks Lightstation, claimed to be Captain James Cook’s first sighting of mainland Australia. Steeped in rich Aboriginal and European history, explore the reserve on foot, join a tour of the lighthouse or stay a night in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

Please note, all accommodation at Point Hicks Lighthouse is closed until further notice due to fire impact in the area. 

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Experience the pristine beauty of Croajingolong National Park and immerse yourself in the unique history of the area with a visit to Point Hicks Lightstation. Although it isn’t without controversy, the granite headlands of Point Hicks are said to be Captain James Cooks first sighting of mainland Australia.

Open to the public and with tours running daily from Friday through Monday, join in to learn the secrets of the tallest lightstation on mainland Australia – from life in this secluded part of the world to the unique landscapes that surround the lightstation.

The hull of the SS Saros shipwreck lies just beyond the lightstation. Helmed by Captain Aitken and bound for Sydney, the steamship left Geelong in 1937, but ran aground in heavy fog. Accessible along Saros Track, it is one of a few shipwrecks on the Victorian coast visible from land.

Book an overnight stay at the lighthouse keeper’s cottages. Built from Oregon collected from local shipwrecks, the cottages are an excellent example of a nineteenth century lighthouse residence. The self-contained cottages can accommodate up to 12 people.

During winter, the Victorian coast becomes a highway for Humpback and Southern Right whales as they migrate to their calving grounds off the Queensland coast. The lightstation is a great place to set up and spot the gentle giants frolicking about the water.

Things to do

 
An aerial view of the 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.
Two hikers at sunset in the 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.

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 Lighthouse

Point Hicks Lightstation is surrounded by the pristine Croajingolong National Park. Approximately seven hours’ drive from Melbourne, the lightstation is easily accessed off the Princes Highway. Turn off at Cann River, on to the unsealed Point Hicks Road which leads to an access gate. From here, visitors must make the final stretch on foot to reach the lightstation.

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Camping & accommodation

The secluded and pristine Croajingolong National Park is home to the historic Point Hicks Lightstation, claimed to be Captain James Cook’s first sighting of mainland Australia. 

Please note, all accommodation at Point Hicks Lighthouse is closed until further notice due to fire impact in the area. 

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Point Hicks Lighthouse

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.

  • Mueller Camp (Croajingolong National Park)

    Mueller Inlet Campground

    The Mueller campground is currently closed pending safety works relating to the campground.  Mueller may be reopened for Summer 2021-2022, however please continue to monitor the site for updates and change of conditions.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate 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.

    Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some localised access restrictions may apply. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

  • 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 Sites

    Areas of Croajingolong National Park Closed Due to Widespread Bushfire Damage

    Due to widespread bushfire damage, the following areas of Croajingolong National Park remain closed:

    Mallacoota Inlet Day Visitor Areas:
    ·       Captain Creek, Including Jetty and Toilet (under construction)
    ·       Gravelly Point, Including Jetty and Toilet
    ·       Kingfisher Point, Including Jetty

    Mallacoota Inlet Facilties:
    ·       Sandy Point Toilet
    ·       South West Arm Jetty & Toilet (under construction)
    ·       Genoa River Toilet and Jetty
     
    Other affected Sites and Facilties - Croajingolong:
    ·       Wilderness Coast Walk (between Shipwreck Creek and Bemm River)
    ·       Fly Cove Walk - Wingan Inlet
    ·       Mueller Inlet Campground
    ·       Thurra River Campground
    ·       Point Hicks Road (section south-east of Fishermans Track)
    ·       Cicada Trail
    ·       Swan Lake Track
    ·       Clinton Rocks Track
    ·       Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
    ·       Elusive Lake Walk
    ·       Mt Everard Walk
     
    The Parks Victoria Team apologise for the inconvenience and thank-you for your patience and understanding as recovery works progress.

    Point Hicks Lighthouse

    The access to Point Hicks Lighthouse remains closed pending replacement of the Thurra River bridge and safety works in the Thurra River campground.  The road to Point Hicks has suffered severe coastal erosion and works will need to take place to reinstate safe access. Replacement of damaged infrastructure is taking longer than expected due to the scale and complexity of the works. Parks Victoria will continue to maintain surveillance and security at the site, however accommodation is not expected to be re-opened until 2024. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.

    Point Hicks Lighthouse

    The access to Point Hicks Lighthouse remains closed pending replacement of the Thurra River bridge and safety works in the Thurra River campground.  The road to Point Hicks has suffered severe coastal erosion and works will need to take place to reinstate safe access. Replacement of damaged infrastructure is taking longer than expected due to the scale and complexity of the works. Parks Victoria will continue to maintain surveillance and security at the site, however accommodation is not expected to be re-opened until 2024. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Planned aerial shooting operations

    Parts of this park will be closed from Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire  

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    Planned aerial shooting operations

    Parts of this park will be closed from Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire  

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