Gabo Island is a granitic windswept island with a cover of dune sand. Notable features include the extensive outcrops of Gabo Island pink granite, basalt intrusions, stable dunes, boulder beaches, and the sandy beach at Santa Barbara Bay.
The island is renowned for its lighthouse which was constructed from 1858 to 1862 using the distinctive pink granite. The tower is 47 metres high. The views from the top are spectacular, taking in the Howe Range, a great expanse of the Wilderness Coast and the backdrop of the Croajingolong National Park.
Whales, dolphins and seals may be observed in the appropriate season. Gabo has significant colonies of seabirds including the largest known breeding colony of Little Penguins in the world.
There is an interesting interpretive display in the blacksmith shop at the base of the tower presenting information on the geology, history, flora and fauna.
Gabo Island offers a unique accommodation experience in the Assistant Light Keeper’s residence, featuring three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom with all linen provided. Bookings are required for a minimum of two nights and it caters for up to eight people. All provisions must be taken to the island, so keep in mind weight limitations when travelling by air.
Gabo Island Accommodation is provided by Parks Victoria. Follow the links to details of Gabo Island Accommodation
Gabo Island maybe accessed by air and sea subject to prevailing weather conditions. See Gabo Island Access options.
November 2012 was the 150th anniversary of the construction of Gabo Island lighthouse.
Walks around the island provide stunning land and seascape views set off by significant floral displays in season. Swimming and snorkeling is possible at Santa Barbara Bay.
Accommodation is available in the former Assistant Light Keeper’s residence.
Accommodation and tours are available and must be booked prior to arrival.
The 154ha island is at the eastern tip of Victoria and is 14km from Mallacoota and may be accessed by air or by charter boat – see charter providers.
For details contact Parks Victoria in Mallacoota (03) 5161 9500.