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
Cape Howe Wilderness Zone
How to get there
Cape Howe and Mallacoota
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
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Areas of Croajingolong Park closed due to 2019/2020 firesCroajingolong National Park· Sandy Point toilet· South West Arm Jetty - Mallacoota Inlet (toilets/steps)·· 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 Shipwreck Creek and Bemm River)· Double Creek walk and day visitor area· Genoa falls day visitor area· 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)
Shipwreck Creek Campground (Croajingolong National Park)
Suggested 4WD access to Shipwreck Crk TrkSuggested 4WD access to Shipwreck Crk, along Shipwreck Crk Trk due weather affected potholing & rutting