The World Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland follows the beautiful, wild coastline of far-eastern Victoria for an astonishing 100 kilometres.
Croajingolong is one of Victoria's largest parks and features an extraordinary diversity of landscapes: from white sandy beaches and rocky coastal headlands to rambling heathland, lush rainforests and towering eucalypts. It is also home to more than 1000 types of native plants, marine life, and more than 300 bird species - about a third of Australia's total.
Aboriginal people have lived in the area for thousands of years. The name of the local tribe, the Krauatungalung, is reflected in the name of the park, and the Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero people identify the Croajingolong National Park as their traditional country.
There are many secluded coastal camping spots in the park that provide a perfect base for swimming, walking, boating, fishing, sea kayaking, bird watching and touring by 4WD or mountain bike. The nearby towns of Cann River and Mallacoota also offer camping grounds and motel accommodation.
Relax in a boat on the Mallacoota Lakes, climb Genoa Peak for panoramic views, or visit the massive sand dunes at Thurra River. Enjoy the magnificent bird watching at Tamboon Inlet. Explore the remote beaches of Shipwreck Creek. Camp amongst the forest on the shore of tranquil Wingan Inlet and walk to the cascading rapids on the picturesque Wingan River.
Go diving or snorkelling in Point Hicks Marine National Park, or watch whales from the Point Hicks or Gabo Island Lighthouses, where you can spend the night in the light-keepers cottages.
The Cape Howe Wilderness Zone adjoins the Nadgee Wilderness Area along the border between Victoria and New South Wales. It's best explored on the epic Wilderness Coast Walk, which extends 100 kilometres from the eastern shores of Sydenham Inlet to Wonboyn in the Nadgee Nature Reserve. The walk can be accessed from a number of locations along the coastline. Permits are required for walkers staying overnight and can be obtained from the Parks Victoria office at Mallacoota or the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service office at Merimbula. Advance bookings are recommended.
A number of operators offer guided bushwalking, canoeing and kayaking, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking and 4WD tours to help you make the most of your time in this spectacular wilderness. It makes a natural and relaxing holiday stopover on the drive between Melbourne and Sydney.