Point Hicks Lighthouse

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Point Hicks Lighthouse

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.

Please note, all accommodation at Point Hicks Lighthouse is closed until further notice due to fire impact in the area. 

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Experience the pristine beauty of Croajingolong National Park and immerse yourself in the unique history of the area with a visit to Point Hicks Lightstation. Although it isn’t without controversy, the granite headlands of Point Hicks are said to be Captain James Cooks first sighting of mainland Australia.

Open to the public and with tours running daily from Friday through Monday, join in to learn the secrets of the tallest lightstation on mainland Australia – from life in this secluded part of the world to the unique landscapes that surround the lightstation.

The hull of the SS Saros shipwreck lies just beyond the lightstation. Helmed by Captain Aitken and bound for Sydney, the steamship left Geelong in 1937, but ran aground in heavy fog. Accessible along Saros Track, it is one of a few shipwrecks on the Victorian coast visible from land.

Book an overnight stay at the lighthouse keeper’s cottages. Built from Oregon collected from local shipwrecks, the cottages are an excellent example of a nineteenth century lighthouse residence. The self-contained cottages can accommodate up to 12 people.

During winter, the Victorian coast becomes a highway for Humpback and Southern Right whales as they migrate to their calving grounds off the Queensland coast. The lightstation is a great place to set up and spot the gentle giants frolicking about the water.

Things to do

 
The path from a campsite down to the water at Meuller Inlet at Croajingolong National Park

Mueller Inlet Campground

This campground is on the shores of Mueller Inlet and overlooks the inlet to the river mouth and ocean. The campsites are protected by a dune system covered in Banksia Woodland and Heath.
The jetty at Tamboon Inlet from Peachtree Creek Campground at Croajingolong National Park

Peachtree Creek Reserve

This campground is on the eastern shore of Tamboon Inlet, good for both fishing and bird watching. There is neither vehicle nor walking access to the coast so boats are an excellent way to explore the area. The inlet waters and surrounding forest are part of Croajingolong National Park, where there are other campgrounds available.

Thurra River Campground

This campground is located in coastal woodland between the river and the ocean near Point Hicks. This is a popular spot for families to relax on hot days.

How to get there

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Point Hicks Lightstation is surrounded by the pristine Croajingolong National Park. Approximately seven hours’ drive from Melbourne, the lightstation is easily accessed off the Princes Highway. Turn off at Cann River, on to the unsealed Point Hicks Road which leads to an access gate. From here, visitors must make the final stretch on foot to reach the lightstation.

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Need to know

Point Hicks Lighthouse

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.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Croajingolong National Park information update 12 February 2024

    Point Hicks Road is closed south of Bald Hills.
    The following six areas are closed because of the 2019/2020 bushfires and coastal erosion caused by ongoing heavy rainfall.  Visitors are unable to access the Point Hicks Lighthouse, Thurra River Campground, and nearby walking tracks. Parks Victoria continue to maintain surveillance and security of these areas. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.  
    ·      Point Hicks Lightstation
    ·      Thurra River Bridge
    ·      Thurra River Campground
    ·      Dunes Track
    ·      Saros Track
    ·      Sledge Track
     
    The Wilderness Coast Walk is open all the way from Bemm River to Mallacoota. Staff have recently marked sections of the track however, combined flood and fire damage have made some areas more difficult to negotiate. Hikers must be able to self-navigate with a map and compass.
     
     
    The following walking track is closed:
    ·      Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
     
    The following jetty around Mallacoota is closed:
    ·      Kingfish Point
     
    Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but many remain closed in areas affected by significant rainfall and flooding across Victoria in late 2022. The following tracks remain closed:
    ·      Betka Track
    ·      Miners Track
    ·      Lakeview Track
    ·      Howe Flat Track
    ·      Howe Hill Track
    ·      Barracoota Track
    The water trough at Wingan Inlet Campground is now reconnected to the creek. Visitors are reminded that this is not a potable source and must be treated before drinking.
     
    Ongoing heavy rainfall has impacted areas of Croajingolong National Park and other areas of the state. Monitor this page for updated information and site closures
     
     

    Goanna Bay Jetty Closed

    Goanna Bay Jetty closure
    Parks Victoria has recently closed the Goanna Bay Jetty (Mallacoota Inlet) for public safety reasons.

    The closure follows condition monitoring of the jetty that raised some concerns about its safety and structural integrity. A subsequent engineering assessment confirmed that the jetty’s condition was no longer safe for visitors. 

    The jetty was closed on Friday 10th November and will remain so until further notice. 

    Please note that the Goanna Bay day visitor area remains open to the public. However visitors will not be permitted to use the jetty during the closure period and will have to rely on alternative methods of safe access such as beaching or anchoring vessels to the shoreline. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer

    Partial park closures will be in place during aerial shooting operations targeting deer in the following parks:
     
    Snowy River NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Croajingolong NP
    18-22 March 2024
    25-29 March 2024
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Cape Conran CP
    16-20 September 2024
    9-13 December 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Bogong High Plains, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains and Feathertop
    29 April – 3 May 2024
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Alpine National Park – Eastern Alps, Tom Groggin
    11-15 November 2024
     
    Mt Buffalo National Park
    18-22 November 2024
     
    Visitors are advised to check the Change of conditions listing immediately prior to arrival for up to date information and maps.
     
    For more information about the program please visit this link..

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

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