Mallacoota is the the hub of Australia’s Coastal Wilderness.
In 2008, the unique aspects of the un-spoilt wilderness coastline of Croajingolong National Park were listed by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve; this helped ensure the recognition of the region by Tourism Australia within the National Landscapes Program as Australia’s Coastal Wilderness. At 87,500ha, Croajingolong National Park is one of Victoria’s larger parks featuring 100km of beautiful undeveloped coastline.
Australia’s Coastal Wilderness straddles the Victorian and New South Wales border. It includes the Croajingolong National Park, Nadgee Nature Reserve, Cape Howe Wilderness, Ben Boyd National Park, Bournda National Park and the South East Forests National Park.
Mallacoota and Croajingolong is renowned for its bird life (306 species); this large number emphasizes the range of suitable habitats. The 52 mammal species have been recorded including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, platypuses, possums, bats and gliders.
The diverse communities within Croajingolong National Park contain a range of reptiles, amphibians and numerous species of insects including colourful butterflies and moths. Whales, dolphins and seals are often seen in the coastal waters.
Croajingolong National Park surrounds Mallacoota Inlet which consists of two large lakes which form the estuary of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers.
The Inlet’s lakes have approximately 320 km of shore line most of which is pristine National Park.
This feature offers unique opportunities for canoeists, kayakers and small boat passengers for viewing a wide range of birdlife and other fauna in their natural habitat.
Further afield you can explore rocky headlands, sandy tidal estuaries, swamp systems, tall sand dunes, land locked freshwater lakes, mountains, temperate rainforest valleys, coastal forests and extensive heath-lands.
Croalingolong’s relatively unspoilt habitats support rare and significant flora and fauna.
Over 1500 plant species (215 being endemic) sustain a very diverse range of animal life.
Further informaton from Parks Victoria.