Coopracambra National Park
Coopracambra National Park, tucked away in Victoria’s far east, is one of the most remote and least visited areas of the state. The park embraces virgin bushland, with an extensive wilderness area, rare ﬂora and fauna and a largely undisturbed ecosystem. The heritage-listed Genoa River carves its course through the park’s red sandstone to create an imposing, steep-sided gorge. Signiﬁcant indications of Aboriginal occupation include campsites and ceremonial sites.
Coopracambra is an important geological site, containing what are believed to be the oldest fossil records of a land-dwelling vertebrate. Open forests of white and red stringybark spread across the ridges, kanooka and peppermint trees grow near the river edges, while warm temperate rainforest thrives in sheltered gullies. Wildlife includes the insect-eating eastern horseshoe-bat (uncommon in southern Australia) and the secretive sooty owl.
There are picnic facilities on the western edge of the park on the Cann River at Chandlers Creek (accessed from the Monaro Highway). A 2-kilometre drive then a 300-metre-return walk lead to the lovely Beehive Falls. Intrepid and well-equipped bushwalkers seeking to get off the beaten track will ﬁnd magniﬁcent scenery, wonderful views and splendid isolation, with Mount Coopracambra, Mount Wakeﬁeld and Yambulla Peak (NSW) being typical destinations. Genoa Gorge Walk (2 days return) entails some rock-hopping and occasional wading but highlights include sandy beaches, rocks of varied hues and sheer cliffs. Those undertaking extended walks should ﬁll in an intention form at Cann River visitor centre. Most park roads are best suited to 4WD vehicles.
No camping facilities; bush camping permitted
Location and access
500 km east of Melbourne; 30 km north of Cann River via Monaro Hwy; 30–40 km north-west of Genoa via Wangarabell Rd; road closures can apply in wet weather
- PV 13 1963
- PV Cann River (03) 5158 6351
- PV Mallacoota (03) 5158 0219
38 800 ha
Cann River/Genoa (03) 5158 6351