Wingan Inlet Campground

Wingan Inlet Campground

Wingan Inlet Campground

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Wingan Inlet Campground

Nestled on the western shores of Wingan Inlet, among tall Bloodwood trees, Wingan Inlet Campground offers a peaceful camping experience in one of the most secluded corners of Victoria. Jump in a canoe or kayak, or follow Fly Cove Walk to access the pristine sandy beaches of Croajingolong National Park.
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Wingan Inlet is one of Victoria's quaint escapes, nestled on the western-edge of the Sandpatch Wilderness Zone. The secluded campsites hide among tall Bloodwood trees not too far from the shores of Wingan Inlet.

Come prepared with a canoe or kayak and explore the Wingan River. Upstream, the river follows a winding course through sea rushes and paperback thickets to a towering littoral rainforest and the stunning Wingan River Rapids. Crystal clear water trickles through lichen-covered granite boulders and curious water dragons peer out from behind colourful wildflowers. Downstream, the river leads to the mouth of the inlet where sandbars give way to the wild ocean swells of Fly Cove.

A small network of rocky islands just off the white sands of Fly Cove are home to a colony of Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals. Listen carefully and you might be lucky enough to hear pups calling for their mothers.

Along with the Wingan River Rapids, Fly Cove can be accessed by foot from the camsites. Follow the Fly Cove Walk. The beginning of the Wingan Rapids walk begins from Boundary Track, a short drive from the campsites.

If you're a keen angler, try your luck fishing and you might just catch dinner. Tailor, bream, perch and salmon are some of the species found in the inlet. If you're fishing from a boat, please note that Wingan Inlet has a 20 hp motor size limit.

Things To Do

 
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
Two friends go for a swim in Lake Elusive in Croajingolong National Park.

Elusive Lake

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.
Canoeing

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.

How to get there

Wingan Inlet Campground

Wingan Inlet Campground is 6.5 hours drive east of Melbourne. Head along the Princes Highway and approximately 17km east of Cann River, turn down West Wingan Road. The campground is at the end of the unsealed road.

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When to go

Fishing at Wingan Inlet is best from December through to early May; however, it is one of the few locations in Victoria where fishing can be enjoyed year-round.

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 bite throughout June, July and August.

Need to know

Wingan Inlet Campground

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

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Cape Howe (Croajingolong National Park)

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    17-21 October 2022
    24-28 October 2022
    27-31 March 2023
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Croajingolong NP _Cape Howe aerial shooting information (485KB)

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Croajingolong National Park

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    17-21 October 2022
    24-28 October 2022
    27-31 March 2023
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Croajingolong NP aerial shooting information (597KB)

    This park has been impacted by recent significant weather events

    This park has been impacted by significant flood and/or storm events and some areas may be closed or restricted. Check the Storm and Flood Affected Parks page for the most up to date information on this location.

    Croajingolong National Park information update on current closures and changes - updated 29 Nov 22

    Point Hicks Road is closed south of Fishermans Track.

    The following nine 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, Mueller 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
    ·      Mueller Campground
    ·      Mt Everard Walking Track
    ·      Dunes Track
    ·      Saros Track
    ·      Sledge Track
    ·      West Beach Track
     
    The Wilderness Coast Walk is closed between Bemm River and Wingan Inlet Campground.
     
    The following walking tracks are closed:
    ·      Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
     
    The following jetties around Mallacoota are closed:
    ·      Kingfish Point
    ·      Gravelly Point
     
    Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but this year will remain in place during November and December 2022 in areas affected by significant rainfall and flooding across Victoria. The following Seasonal Road Closure tracks are included in the extended season:

    ·      Swan Lake
    ·      Clinton Rocks Track
    ·      Cicada Trail
    ·      Gale Hill
    ·      Betka Track
    ·      Miners Track
    ·      Lakeview Track
    ·      Howe Flat Track
    ·      Howe Hill Track
    ·      Barracoota Track

    The water supply at Wingan Inlet Campground water trough was damaged by floods. Campers are advised to not rely on the trough for water resupply while camping.
     
    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

    Wilderness Coast Walk - Sandpatch Wilderness Area open

    The section of the Wilderness Coast Walk from Wingan Inlet to Shipwreck Creek has reopened – this section is referred to as the Sandpatch Wilderness Area.
     
    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 through the Sandpatch Wilderness Area as directional signage and steps at Sandpatch Point were destroyed in the fires.  Some parts of the track have thick regeneration that is difficult to walk through, particularly near Benedore River.
     
    Recent and consistent rainfall means that creeks and rivers could be high and difficult to cross as estuaries are open to the sea.
     
    The Wilderness Coast Walk from Wingan Inlet to Mallacoota is now open. Bookings are essential and can be made on the Wilderness Coast Walk page.
     

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Planned Tree Management works - Peachtree, Wingan Inlet and Shipwreck Creek Campgrounds

    Parks Victoria has engaged suitable qualified arborists to undertake tree assessment and treatment in campgrounds and day visitor sites with the East Gippsland District.

    Contractors will be onsite at the following campgrounds on the following days. Campgrounds will be closed to the public during these dates

    Peachtree campground Monday 5 December 2022
    Wingan Inlet campground Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December 2022
    Shipwreck Creek campground Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2022

    Thank you for your understanding as we undertake these important works

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