Croajingolong National Park
Croajingolong National Park follows the remote coast of far-east Victoria and is home to ancient forests, pristine inlets, giant sand dunes and abundant wildlife. Canoe, kayak or boat to explore Tamboon, Mallacoota and Wingan Inlet. Camp at Thurra River, walk the Wilderness Coast or step back in time at Point Hicks Lightstation.
Croajingolong is all about wilderness and escaping civilisation. Basic but picturesque campgrounds can be found scattered along the many inlets of the coast along this part of Victoria. These sheltered water bodies are also perfect for fishing. Get back to nature and camp at the remote and peaceful Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek, Mueller Inlet or Peachtree Creek Campgrounds. Spot Brush-tailed Possums, Long-nosed Bandicoots and Lace Monitors. At night, listen out for the cackling sound of the Yellow-Bellied Glider.
Make the most of the other pristine waterways of Croajingolong. Go canoeing and kayaking at Tamboon, Mueller, Wingan or Mallacoota Inlet. Bemm River and Mallacoota Inlet are amazing places to go fishing. Catch bream, perch, tailor, mullet and flathead, among other species.
Explore the diverse nature of Croajingolong and set out on one of the shorter walks within the park - from Mount Everard to the Wingan Rapids and Lake Elusive, The Narrows and Heathland Walks. Follow the Fly Cove Walk from Wingan Inlet Campground to see fur seals basking on rocky islets.
Experienced hikers might fancy the ultimate challenge of the Wilderness Coast Walk. Far from civilisation, this multi-day hike takes in isolated stretches of coastline, pristine river estuaries and untouched landscapes.
Near Thurra River, you can see the historic lighthouse of Point Hicks. Take in ocean views and see whales on their annual migration from October to May. People looking for a little more comfort can also stay at the old lighthouse keeper’s residence.
The birdwatching here is phenomenal. Of particular interest are birds such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Scarlet Honeyeater and Topknot Pigeon, which are more commonly associated with New South Wales or Queensland. Keep your eyes out for the majestic White-bellied Sea Eagle and your ears open for the mimicking calls of the Superb Lyrebird.
As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Croajingolong National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Shipwreck Creek Campground offers a secluded camping experience among tall eucalypt trees. A great escape from nearby Mallacoota, this small cosy campground is a short walk away from the secluded Shipwreck Beach named after the wreck of The Schah (1837), one of Victoria's oldest shipwrecks.
Base yourself at Mueller Inlet Camp on your Croajingolong adventure. Camp under starry skies at night and lose yourself in birdsong and wilderness by day. Explore the expansive inlet by kayak or canoe. Or check out nearby Thurra River Dunes and historic Point Hicks Lighthouse.
On the eastern shore of Tamboon Inlet, Peachtree creek is the perfect spot to cast a line of the jetty or simply relax by the waters’ edge. There is neither vehicle nor walking access to the coast, so boats are an excellent way to explore the area.<br />
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.
Perfectly positioned to explore nearby Point Hicks and the Thurra River Dunes, the large Thurra River Campground sits in the surrounds of stately eucalypt trees. Explore the seemingly endless stretch of pristine coastline, walk to the nearby dunes and discover the rich history of Point Hicks Lightstation.
Nestled on the western shores of Wingan Inlet, among tall Bloodwood trees, Wingan Inlet Campground offers a peaceful camping experience in one of the most secluded corners of Victoria. Jump in a canoe or kayak, or follow Fly Cove Walk to access the pristine sandy beaches of Croajingolong National Park.
Just off the pristine coast of Croajingolong National Park, you'll discover Gabo Island. Wild and remote, this island is surrounded by magnificent views and offers a unique day trip or stay.
Need to know
Croajingolong National Park
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 Sites
Point Hicks LighthouseThe Point Hicks Lightstation and surrounding area is currently closed as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires and coastal erosion. Visitors are unable to access the Point Hicks Lighthouse, Sledge Track, West Beach Track, Dunes Track, Saros Track or the Monument. Parks Victoria continue to maintain surveillance and security of the site. Accommodation is not expected to be re-opened until 2024. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.
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Thurra River (Croajingolong National Park)
Thurra CampgroundThe 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 2022Some 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 RegionPlanned deer control operations - Eastern Region
More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
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Croajingolong National Park
Lakeview, Miners and a section of Betka Tracks closed due to severe storm damageTracks 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 202224-28 October 202227-31 March 20233-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Croajingolong NP _Cape Howe aerial shooting information (485KB)
Planned aerial shooting operations – Croajingolong National ParkParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.17-21 October 202224-28 October 202227-31 March 20233-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Croajingolong NP aerial shooting information (597KB)
Peach Tree camp ground closed due to floodingPeach Tree camp ground is closed due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall in late September. The area will need to be assessed by crews once the water recedes.
Flood impacts to tracks and visitor sites
Mueller Camp (Croajingolong National Park)
Mueller Inlet Campground - Closed due to flood damageFollowing heavy rainfall in East Gippsland in late March/early April 2022, Mueller Inlet Campground will be closed until further notice due to flood damage.
Wingan Inlet Campground (Croajingolong National Park)
Wingan Water Supply TroughCampers 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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