Start at Bemm River on the sandy shores of Croajingolong National Park. You can finish your trek at Mallacoota or extend your hike across the New South Wales border into Nadgee Nature Reserve.
Explore isolated beaches, sand dunes and vast estuaries as you trek the rugged coastline. Be prepared for a true wilderness experience that will see you scrambling over rocky headlands and boulders, crossing river estuaries (which may require swimming), walking long stretches of sand, and hiking through thick vegetation on ill-defined paths.
This walk is not for the faint-hearted. Hikers need to be experienced and prepared for challenging conditions. The walk is divided into three zones and you will need experience and confidence navigating from topographic maps.
Advance bookings are required for camping along the walk. Groups are limited to eight people and a two-night maximum applies at remote campsites to protect the natural environment.
The section of the Wilderness Coast Walk east of Mallacoota must be booked through NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Call the Merimbula office on (02) 6495 5000.
This section spans from Shipwreck Creek to Wingan Inlet and is about 26km. You will walk along open beaches and coastal heathlands. Purchase Mallacoota 8822-N map to help plan this section of the walk.
Rame Head Zone
This section spans from Wingan Inlet to Thurra River and is about 22km. It covers mostly beaches and some coastal forest. Purchase Cann – Point Hicks Map 8722-N to help plan this section of the walk.
If you plan to camp at Wingan Inlet, book this stay in the Rame Head Zone. The campground has an area dedicated to overnight hikers completing the Wilderness Coast Walk. No water is available any time of year in this section.
Clinton Rocks Zone
This section spans from Thurra River to Bemm River and is about 28km. There is a large section of rocks to negotiate at Clinton Rocks. Purchase Cann–Point Hicks Map 8722-N to help plan this section of the walk.
This section involves crossing the entrances of Sydenham Inlet and Tamboon Inlet. Boat transport may need to be organised, or low tide required, if these inlets are open to the ocean. Call Parks Victoria to check latest conditions.
How to get there
Walk the Wilderness Coast
The walk can be reached from a number of locations along the coastline. Two-wheel drive access is available at Bemm River, Thurra River, Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek and Mallacoota Inlet. Check road conditions before you arrive at the park.
Before starting your walk, you will need to source maps, tide charts, weather reports and relevant track notes.
Need to know
Walk the Wilderness Coast
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.
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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- Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
- Foothills and Southern Alps
- Buchan Caves Reserve
- Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
- Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Coopracambra NP
- Croajingolong NP
- Errinundra NP
- Lake Tyers State Park
- Baw Baw NP
- Mount Buffalo NP
- Snowy River NP
- Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
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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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Areas of Croajingolong National Park closed due to fire 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.