Fishing boats, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 973

Mallacoota is a popular holiday centre in far East Gippsland, offering excellent fishing, walking, boating and swimming. It is surrounded by the scenic Croajingolong National Park, which features Point Hicks, notable for being the first land on the east coast of Australia to be sighted by Europeans, as well as remote ocean beaches and estuarine waterways. There are spectacular surf beaches near the town, with Mallacoota Inlet offering great fishing. Boats can be hired in town.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information Shed, Main Wharf; (03) 5158 0800

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Cann River

    Cann River is situated at the junction of the Princes and Cann Valley highways, and is notable for its proximity to several spectacular...more

  • Eden

    Situated on the Sapphire Coast, the aptly named Eden is an idyllic and peaceful town on Twofold Bay. The location is excellent, with...more

  • Merimbula

    Merimbula is a modern seaside town known for its surfing, fishing and oyster farming. Middens found in the area indicate that oysters were...more

In Town

WW II bunker and museum: restored and located at the airport.

Information shed: a mural depicting Mallacoota's history is painted on the external walls; Main Wharf.

The Spotted Dog Gold Mine: established in 1894, this was the most successful goldmine in the Mallacoota district.


Croajingolong National Park This park takes up a vast portion of what has been dubbed the Wilderness Coast. It protects remote beaches, tall forests, heathland, rainforest, estuaries and granite peaks, as well as creatures such as wallabies, possums, goannas and lyrebirds. Offshore, you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins, seals or southern right and humpback whales. Pt Hicks Lighthouse is a popular spot to visit, and Tamboon and Mallacoota inlets are good spots for canoeing. Access the park via a track west of town or various roads south of the Princes Hwy; contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Surf beaches: Bastion Point, 2 km S; Bekta, 5 km S.

Gabo Island Lightstation Reserve: take a scenic daytrip or stay in the Lightkeeper's Residence; 11 km E (offshore).

Gipsy Pt: a quiet holiday retreat overlooking the Genoa River; 16 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Mallacoota Inlet 2 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

Gipsy Point 12 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 15 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

Maramingo Creek 16 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

Wingan Inlet 30 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

Lake Wonboyn 38 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

Green Cape 42 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more

Eden 54 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more

Tamboon Inlet 59 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

Pambula Lake 66 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Croajingolong National Park 33 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 85 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

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 99 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Lucy’s Noodles

This family-owned and run noodle house believes in doing things properly. Lucy, who used to run her own restaurant in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province in China, even grinds her own rice for the authentic noodles... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park

This holiday park is beautifully sited on Mallacoota Inlet, with a dozen jetties staked out along its grassy, well-tended perimeter. With 650 campsites, it gets crowded at peak times of the year, but the scenery, free... Find out more

Lake Barracoota camping area (bush camping) 10 km

Designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove preferred.... Find out more

Shipwreck Creek camping area 11 km

Shipwreck Creek only has 5 campsites, set in forest above an isolated cove. The flat ground here makes setting up camp a breeze. Take a walk along the ocean beach and gaze out towards Gabo Island. You can also follow the... Find out more

South of Cape Howe (bush camping) 16 km

Designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove preferred.... Find out more

Cape Howe camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 21 km

It’s about 1 km from Bunyip Hole to Cape Howe. This is a designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Bunyip Hole camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 21 km

From Nadgee Lake to Bunyip Hole is approximately 4.1 km – although if the lake is full it will be about 4.6 km. This is a bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Nadgee Lake camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 22 km

From the southern end of Nadgee Beach, it’s about 2.4 km to Nadgee Lake camping area, a designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Nadgee Beach camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 23 km

From Little Creek to Nadgee Beach North is 4.2 km, then another 700 m to Nadgee Beach South. These are designated bush-camping sites for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Little Creek camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 24 km

From Newtons Beach to the designated bush-camping site at Little Creek is approximately 4.3 km. Gas/fuel stove only. For self-sufficient walkers only.... Find out more

Newtons Beach camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 28 km

About 9 km from the trackhead, this camping site is a designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park

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

Wallagaraugh River Retreat 13 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 54 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 57 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 58 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 70 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

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 76 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Seabreeze Holiday Park 95 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 95 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Bega Caravan Park 97 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Karbeethong Lodge

Only 5 kilometres from Mallacoota township, this classic green-and-white-painted historic guesthouse has been renovated to accommodate guests in 10 single, double and family bedrooms – most with ensuite facilities.... Find out more

Gipsy Point Lodge

Adjoining Croajingolong National Park in the state’s far east, this wonderful wilderness escape is located some 20 kilometres north-west of Mallacoota, perched above Mallacoota Inlet. The beautiful guesthouse has... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 3 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

Jacarri Eco-Cottage, Goongerah 96 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

Rest areas around town

Genoa rest area 17 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).

Wallagaraugh River rest area 21 km

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

Just off the highway among some trees.

Scrubby Creek rest area 38 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 40 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.

Thurra River rest area 43 km

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

Secluded off the highway in the forest.

Bemm River rest area 77 km

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

Secluded in forest just off the highway.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 79 km

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

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Bellbird Creek rest area 83 km

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

Adjacent to the highway near the hotel.

What's on around town

Holiday markets: Easter and Christmas.

Bream Fishing Classic: Mar (round 1) and June (round 2).

Tour of Gippsland Cycling Event: July/Aug.

Flora and Fauna weekend: 1st weekend in Nov.

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