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.

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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.

  • Wingan Inlet Campground (Croajingolong National Park)

    Wingan Inlet Beach Access Closed

    The beach access track (Fly Cove Walk) at Wingan Inlet is closed due to bushfire damage.  Please be advised that the only access to the beach is via the inlet using watercraft.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Areas of Croajingolong Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Croajingolong National Park

    Due to widespread bushfire damage, the following areas of Croajingolong National Park remain closed:
    • Sandy Point toilet
    • South West Arm Jetty - Mallacoota Inlet (toilets/steps)
    • Narrows Walking Track (section beyond 300 metres from Bucklands jetty)
    • Captain Creek day visitor area and jetty
    • Captain Creek Fire Trail
    • Genoa River day visitor area and jetty - Mallacoota Inlet
    • Gravelly Point day visitor area and jetty - Mallacoota Inlet
    • Wilderness Coast Walk (between Cape Howe and Bemm River)
    • Double Creek walk and day visitor area
    • Genoa Peak walk and day visitor area
    • Genoa falls day visitor area
    • Tamboon Inlet remote campsite No. 6
    • 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
    • South West Arm day visitor area (no toilet facilities, no jetty access)

    Jetty closures

    The following jetties are currently closed due to fire damage or deterioration:
    Kingfish Point Jetty
    Cape Horn Jetty
    Gravelly Point Jetty
    Genoa River Jetty
    Captain Creek Jetty
    Sou' West Arm Jetty


  • Cape Horn (Croajingolong National Park)

    Cape Horn Jetty Closed

    Cape Horn Jetty is closed until further notice due to structural damage. This closure is inclusive of the surrounding retaining wall. 
    The site can still be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles from Cape Horn Track.

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