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.
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.
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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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Point Hicks LighthouseThe Point Hicks Lightstation and surrounding area is currently closed as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires and coastal erosion. Visitors are unable to access the Point Hicks Lighthouse, Sledge Track, West Beach Track, Dunes Track, Saros Track or the Monument. Parks Victoria continue to maintain surveillance and security of the site. Accommodation is not expected to be re-opened until 2024. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.
Areas of Croajingolong National Park closed due to fire damage·········
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
- Alpine National Park
- Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
- 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
- Wilsons Prom NP
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.
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.