Branch out and paddle up the Wingan River in your trusty canoe or kayak. The river narrows upstream as it winds through sea rushes and paperbark thickets before opening on to a rainforest and the stunning Wingan Rapids. Here, crystal clear water trickles between gargantuan granite boulders decorated in a blanket of colourful lichen and moss. Curious water dragons peer out from behind wildflowers while native birds sing the day away.
While the Wingan Rapids are also accessible by foot, set out on the Fly Cove Walk for a change of scenery. Skirt the edge of Wingan Inlet, through paperbark forest before emerging on the lonely shores of Fly Cove. Take in the Southern Ocean vistas and admire the Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals that call the offshore rock stacks, known as The Skerries, home. One of only four Australian Fur Seal colonies in Victoria, and the largest, visit between October and December to see playful seal pups about.
Elusive Lake is another great wander from Wingan Inlet. The unique dune-blocked lake stands out among the tall eucalypts that surround its sandy banks. Reaching a depth of 22 metres in some places, jump in for a refreshing swim before returning to camp.
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Along with Mallacoota, Sydenham and Tamboon Inlet, Wingan Inlet provides excellent fishing opportunities and draws anglers from across the state year-round. Big schools of Black bream can be caught throughout the lake system between December and May. While in winter, salmon, tailor and trevally are common.
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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.
Cape Horn (Croajingolong National Park)
Cape Horn Jetty ClosedCape 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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Seasonal road closures 2020
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. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.
Croajingolong National Park
Croajingolong National Park closures due to fire damage
The majority of Croajingolong National Park, including The Wilderness Coast Walk, remains closed due to widespread bushfire damage, with the exception of the following sites that are open:
- South West Arm day visitor area (no toilet facilities, no jetty access)
- Sandy Point (no toilet facilities)
- Allens Head
- Cemetery Bight
- Goanna Bay
- Narrows Jetty
- Cape Horn
- The first 300 metres of Narrows walking track only.
Jetty closuresThe following jetties are currently closed due to fire damage or deterioration:Kingfish Point JettyCape Horn JettyGravelly Point JettyGenoa River JettyCaptain Creek JettySou' West Arm Jetty
Aerial shooting operationParts of this park will be closed Mondays to Fridays from 5 to 22 October 2020.This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral animals, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.See attached map for details.
Attachments: Croajingolong National Park - feral animal control area (926KB)
Wingan Inlet Campground (Croajingolong National Park)
Wingan Inlet Campground changesWingan Inlet Campground will reopen shortly. However, partial closures within the park will apply.These include:
- Fly Cove Walk
- Elusive Lake walk
- Wingan Rapids walk
- Wilderness Coast Walk
- Circada Trail
Campers please note that the trough spring water is not operational. Ensure to bring a sufficient supply of drinking water.