Cann River

McKenzie River Rainforest, Jean-Marc La Roque / Auscape International

Population 223

Cann River is situated at the junction of the Princes and Cann Valley highways, and is notable for its proximity to several spectacular national parks. The area boasts excellent fishing, bushwalking and camping in the rugged hinterland, with nearby Point Hicks notable for being the first land on the east coast of Australia to be sighted by Europeans.

Point Hicks Lighthouse:

2 cottages, each sleeps 6; Point Hicks Rd; (03) 5156 0432.

Visitor Information

Parks Victoria Cann River office, (03) 5158 6351; or East Gippsland Visitor Information Centre, 1800 637 060

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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Lind National Park The park includes the Euchre Valley Nature Drive through temperate rainforest gullies. It also supports open eucalypt forests with grey gum, messmate and silvertop ash. Watch for wildlife such as the pretty masked owl and the elusive long-footed potoroo. Has picnic facilities. 15 km W.

Coopracambra National Park This park is in one of the most remote sections of Victoria. Ancient fossil footprints have been found in the red sandstone gorge of the Genoa River, and the surrounding granite peaks create a spectacular scene. The 35 000 ha area protects unique ecosystems and rare flora and fauna. Only experienced and well-equipped hikers should undertake walks in the rugged and remote parts of this park. A 'trip intentions' form needs to be lodged at the Cann River or Mallacoota office of Parks Victoria prior to departure, and parks staff must be notified upon return. 30 km N near NSW border.

Croajingolong National Park: the road travelling south of Cann River leads to Pt Hicks and its historic 1890 lighthouse (daily tours offered); for further details on the park see Mallacoota.

Fishing spots near town

Tamboon Inlet 20 km

The turn-off to Tamboon Inlet is on the Princes Highway at Cann River. Take the road to Tamboon Inlet, veering left on the Point Hicks road for about 5 km before turning right onto Peach Tree Creek Track which takes you... Find out more

Bemm River 26 km

Bemm River is located on Sydenham Inlet Road about halfway between Orbost and Cann River. In estuary terms, this waterway is a superstar, regarded by many as Victoria’s best bream and estuary perch fishery. It may... Find out more

Wingan Inlet 37 km

Leaving Mallacoota and driving south for about 30 km along the Princes Highway, you come across the turn-off to Wingan Inlet. Little known but well worth fishing for bream and flathead, the inlet is in Croajingolong... Find out more

Maramingo Creek 45 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more

Gipsy Point 48 km

If you are after dusky flathead and black bream, then Gipsy Point – which marks the junction of the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers – offers easy access to some of the best fishing in the inlet. To get there,... Find out more

Wallagaraugh River 52 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more

Mallacoota Inlet 54 km

Mallacoota Inlet, near the Victoria/NSW border, is one of Victoria’s largest estuaries. The Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers and a host of smaller creeks and streams feed the inlet. The Wallagaraugh River joins the... Find out more

Marlo 61 km

In the annals of Australian folklore, the Snowy River is one of the icons. Anglers know that most of the action is in the lower reaches downstream from Orbost to Marlo where the river flows to the sea. Marlo is reached... Find out more

Ninety Mile Beach 76 km

In autumn, large schools of salmon, along with gummy sharks and mulloway, hit Victoria’s beaches. Snapper can still be caught, along with increasing numbers of yelloweye mullet. One of the most popular beaches in... Find out more

Lake Wonboyn 77 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Croajingolong National Park 32 km

One-third of Australia’s bird species have been spotted in this 87 500-hectare park that stretches for 100 kilometres along the coast. The threatened ground parrot forages in the heath and lorikeets feed in the... Find out more

Platypus-watching - Bombala 73 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Peachtree Creek camping area 20 km

Peachtree Creek is one of Croajingolong’s more popular camping destinations. There’s good swimming in the adjacent Tamboon Inlet, but note that the mouth of the inlet can be subject to strong currents. You... Find out more

Tamboon Inlet camping areas (boat-based camping) 23 km

There are a number of designated bush campsites scattered around the shoreline of Tamboon Inlet. These can only be reached by boat and, needless to say, only entirely self-sufficient campers should head out to them.... Find out more

Thurra River camping area 27 km

The large camping area at Thurra River is in prime position for excursions to the nearby historic Point Hicks Light Station, whose tower (complete with Hitchcockian spiral staircase) was finished in 1890; you can stay in... Find out more

Mueller Inlet camping area 28 km

There are 8 campsites at Mueller Inlet, sheltered by heath-covered sand dunes; 3 of these are reached on foot from the carpark. No open fires are allowed to be lit here. For a good 4WD excursion, take the nearby Cicada... Find out more

Ada River camping area 29 km

The campground at Ada River lies close to the southern boundary of enchanting Errinundra National Park, with its vast temperate rainforest, rocky viewpoints and clear streams. Check out the panorama from the Ocean View... Find out more

Coopracambra camping area (bush camping) 29 km

Bush camping in Coopracambra is an option for hikers or those steering 4WD vehicles. Experienced walkers literally go wild here, navigating their way up Mt Denmarsh and Mt Kaye, and stepping off the tracks to see... Find out more

Frosty Hollow camping area 34 km

Frosty Hollow is the only camping area within Errinundra National Park, although there are a couple of other sites just outside the park boundary. South of here down Hensleigh Creek Rd is Waratah Lookout, but the best... Find out more

Wingan Inlet camping area 36 km

Its beautiful sandy beaches and encircling rainforest make Wingan Inlet a wonderful place to stay. Take a walk through fern gullies to see some of Wingan River’s rapids, stroll over boardwalks to Fly Cove, and... Find out more

Banksia Bluff camping area 44 km

Banksia Bluff is the campground at Cape Conran, where over 60 km of Bass Strait beaches are yours to explore. Plod around the boardwalk at East Cape and follow the nature trail to Joiners Channel, or take the Heathland... Find out more

Bondi Forest Lodge 47 km

The Bondi Forest Lodge provides the only accommodation in the forest, in the form of twin bunk-bed rooms in 3 self-contained units, sleeping 72 in total. There’s also a large recreation room with a cosy log fire.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wallagaraugh River Retreat 50 km

This park is located at the end of 8 km of good, unsealed road and the turn-off is well signposted on the Princes Highway, around 8 km east of Genoa. On the banks of the Wallagaraugh River, this is a secluded spot for... Find out more

Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park 54 km

This amazing, picturesque caravan park sprawls along the waters edge. There are over 650 sites and the reception building is just 150 metres from the town centre. Some waterfront sites even have their own moorings. This... Find out more

Orbost Caravan Park 64 km

The centre of town is only a short 500-metre walk from this park, which is situated off the main highway. It has large shady trees, good basic facilities and is conveniently located for an overnight stop; it is around a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 84 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Garden of Eden Caravan Park 88 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more

Eden Tourist Park 89 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 97 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more

Lake Tyers Camp and Caravan Park 100 km

This beachfront park is owned and operated by the Uniting Church. It is a great family park, ideal for a beachside holiday. The park operates in conjunction with a school camp and the consumption of alcohol is permitted... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Operating since 1890, Point Hicks Lighthouse marks Captain James Cook’s first Australian landfall in the Endeavour and is named after his first lieutenant, Zachary Hicks. Prominent on a granite headland and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Jacarri Eco-Cottage, Goongerah 47 km

This rustic little cottage in East Gippsland sleeps four, and has solar power and a dry composting toilet. It has been built with sustainable timbers and uses a water wheel to fill the water tank. Organic fruit,... Find out more

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 52 km

These 12 rustic mudbrick flats were ecologically designed to avoid the need for air-conditioning, and have solar hot water and rainwater tanks. The 32-hectare surrounds are managed as a Land for Wildlife property,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Thurra River rest area 11 km

11km E of Cann River (L) or 98km SW of Eden (R)

Secluded off the highway in the forest.

Bemm River rest area 24 km

45km E of Orbost (R) or 30km W of Cann River (L)

Secluded in forest just off the highway.

Bellbird Creek rest area 31 km

39km E of Orbost (R) or 36km W of Cann River (L)

Adjacent to the highway near the hotel.

Genoa rest area 40 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).

Murrungower rest area 49 km

16km E of Orbost (L) or 59km W of Cann River (R)

Secluded forest setting just off the highway. 

Wallagaraugh River rest area 54 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Newmerella park area 67 km

At Newmerella

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Scrubby Creek rest area 71 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

East Boyd Forest rest area 73 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 99 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

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