The Mallacoota Walking Tracks: A set of six separate walks covering a total distance of approximately 8 km.
Shady Gully Walk: (0.6km) (Map1 E8 to C8) This walk passes through a dry schlerophyl forest of Mountain Grey Gum, Angophora and Stringy Bark and a remnant rainforest. Interpretive boards outline fauna and flora species of the area. A picnic table offers the opportunity for solitude.
Casuarina Walk: (1.8km) (Map 1 C8 to C12) The start of this walk Shady Gully rainforest is opposite the Miva Miva Centre which is on the Mallacoota-Genoa
Road. The path goes through a Casuarina littoralis community (seed capsules of this Casuarina provide food for the Glossy Black Cockatoo). Other trees include White Stringy Bark, Red Bloodwood, Angophora, Mountain Grey Gum (a typical gum tree in that it sheds its bark in long strips leaving smooth trunks) and Cherry Ballart (a very green tree with a weeping habit). The ground plants include orchids, native daisies, goodenia, ferns and mosses. For the bird observers Wrens, Robins, Finches, Lorikeets, Fantails, Tree Creepers and Wattle Birds may be seen. A small bridge crosses a fern gully where a number of small birds are active in the early morning and in the evening. The track leads to Betka Road.
Heathland Walk: (0.8 km) (Map 1 C12 to C14) This walk starts opposite the end of the Casuarina Walk on Betka Road just past the Davis Creek Bridge. One feature of this walk is the vegetation change from forest to heathland. Typical heathland plants which may be seen include heaths, orchids, scrub casuarina, banksias, acacias, daisies, hakeas, grass trees etc. Birds which have been observed include Whistling Kites, Ground Parrots, Emu Wrens, and Swallows. The walk ends at the Davis Beach access car park.
Beach Walk: (2.1 km) (Map 1 C14 via H13 to G12) This walk is accessed by a set of steps leading down through a coastal plant community from the car park serving Davis Beach or by turning right on the beach below the Bastion Point Lookout and proceeding around the point. At the Davis Beach end, there is a rock formation you may have to climb over if the tide is high (take care). On the Bastion Point side of this rock formation is a sand dune blowout. Sand dune colonising plants have not been able to become established here because of the shifting sand, due, in part, to people pressure. Sea Rocket (a colonising plant with mauve flowers), dune binding grasses (Hairy Spinifex and Marram Grass), Coast Tea Tree and Coast Banksias are common plants on the dune side of the walk. Whales, dolphins may be seen on the surf side. Rock pools are at Bastion Point.
Pittosporum Walk: (1.4km) (Map 1 G12 to E10) This walk can be accessed from Bastion Point car park. The walk provides excellent views of islands, sand flats of the tidal delta (the largest in Victoria), Gabo Island and the Howe Range. The endemic Pittosporum thrives in the moist gullies. Some access and departure points of the gullies are moderately steep. Mistletoe Birds, Scarlet Honey eaters, Firetails, Lyrebirds and Whip Birds may be seen or heard. A commemorative plaque is a reminder of the indigenous heritage of the area.
Self Guided Historical and Points of Interest Walk: (Approximately 60 minutes). A pamphlet is available at the Information Centre (Map 1 G9).
Heritage Trail: (0.5km) (Map 1 E10) A brochure is available for this walk. It will introduce you to some of the cultural and natural features of Mallacoota including the rare Mallacoota Gum (a hybrid of Mountain Grey Gum and Blue Gum). There are approximately
40 specimens. Evidence of aboriginal occupation, early European Mallacoota Gum settlement and a range of plant species will be seen.
Lakeside Shared Pathway: (5.4 km easy walking) (Map 1 G7 to D1). This pathway reveals the true beauty of the Bottom Lake with scenic views along the whole length. The path provides access to the fishing platforms and bird viewing areas. Coull’s Inlet is frequented by a number of waders and other aquatic birds. Pelicans and swans are often near the shore offering photo opportunities. The path wanders through a remnant riparian vegetation community which is being re-established to cater for scrub loving birds. Boardwalks have been installed across sensitive habitats. Across the lake, the Goodwin Sands and the foreshore of the National Park have the backdrop of the Howe Range. The walk ends at the start of the very scenic Narrows Walk.
The Narrows Walk: (3km one way) Croajingolong National Park (Map 2 D7) A pleasant walk alongside The Narrows (a waterway connecting the Bottom and Top Lakes). The Track commences just beyond Buckland’s Jetty. The recently restored shed just past Buckland’s Jetty was originally used as a boat shed for boat repairs. Parts of the track are rocky. Walking to the end of The Narrows will reveal the beauty of the two lake system. Continue on to Captain Creek Jetty picnic area for a much longer walk. (See Walk L below)
Buckland’s Jetty to Captain Creek Jetty: (5km one way). (Map 2 E7 to C6) This walk is accessed from the parking area just past Buckland’s Jetty and follows the shore line for a considerable part of the distance. It has relatively easy grades although the track surface is relatively rough in places. Wear good footwear. Good water views, birdlife and wild flowers (in season) are features of this walk. (See Walk K1 above)
Captain Creek Jetty to Genoa Road: (3km one way). (Map 2 C6 to C8) This relatively gentle walk is through relatively open dry sclerophyll forest. In Spring, wildflowers are evident. N) Genoa Rd to Buckland’s Jetty via Karbeethong Rd and Schnapper Pt Drive: (3.5km one way) (Map 2) This walk follows the listed roads to Lakeside Drive. Turn left to Buckland’s Jetty. The grades are gentle. Pleasant vistas open up as the descent to Lakeside Drive is completed.
Double Creek Nature Walk: (1km round trip) (Map 2 A6) Access is from Double Creek picnic ground approximately 8km from Mallacoota on the Genoa Road. The loop track follows Double Creek for a short distance through a rainforest gully. Ferns, mosses, liverworts, fungi and temperate rainforest trees and shrubs are found in this area. The path then leads up a gentle slope through a dry sclerophyll forest. Here the observant will see small terrestrial and epiphytic orchids in season. The track then leads downhill back to the start. Koalas and Lyrebirds inhabit this area. Other birds may be heard or observed while at the picnic ground. Look up and down the creek – large mullet frequent this waterway.
Double Creek Arm (2km return) (Map 2 A6) This walk starts opposite the picnic area at Double Creek with access via a set of steps. It is an easy walk and follows the creek. It passes through stands of melaleuca trees which have distinctive paper like bark. Azure kingfishers are often seen working the creek. At the end of the walk, water birds are often seen. Koalas often frequent the large gums at the start of the walk.
Walks off Sandy Point Track: (Map 2 C6) Approximately 2km along this road a walking track leads to Campshot Point (2km one way), and Quamby Point (4km one way). Both walks have moderate grades. Bird life and wildflowers (in season) are features of these walks.
Captain Creek Jetty to Double Creek: (4km one way) (Map 2 C6 to A7) Short sections of this walk are steep and parts may be muddy after rain. This walk and Walk N can form a round trip returning along the Genoa Road to Karbeethong Road and hence back to Buckland’s Jetty (total 20km).
Cape Horn Bay: (Map 2 A4) (2km return). This walk starts from a small intersection and clearing on left hand side of the Genoa Fire Trail (approx 12km from town). The turn off is approximately 1km after Coolwater Creek and is near a relatively blind corner so take care!
“Three Beaches Walk:” (approximately 45 minutes return) A walk to be enjoyed at low tide. From the mouth of the Betka River, turn right and follow the beach to a small rocky headland. Cross over the neck onto a second beach. Walk along this beach and enjoy the magnificent rock formations until you reach the end, where you once again cross over a small rocky headland onto the third beach where you will find stunning pink ‘cathedral-like’ cliffs.
To return, retrace your steps.
Shipwreck Creek Heathland Walk. (Approximately 6km return). Follow the sign from the Shipwreck Creek Day Visitor
Area. The walk passes through heathland and has good views. 3 Beaches Walk
Spring and early summer, produce a good display of wild flowers.
Approximately 1km from the start, there is a track on your left; this leads back to the camping ground (use this path to return). Continue past this point until a small gully is reached. A wooden bridge in this gully can be slippery at times, take care. Approximately 10 metres past the bridge is a narrow track, on the right, leading down to a secluded bay which, although very rocky, has excellent rock pools. Return via the same route except take the return path (mentioned earlier).
Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek Walk: (Approximately 6km return) The track has recently been upgraded. It is accessed from the south western side of Shipwreck Creek Beach. The track leads to the secluded Seal Creek Beach where there are impressive rock pools to explore. Approximately three quarters of the way along a sign indicates a path parallel to the creek down to the beach. Return by the same route.
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MALLACOOTA COASTAL WALK
The Mallacoota Coastal Walk is an easy walk taking you on a fantastic journey of exploration. There are spectacular views, tall forests, rainforest gullies, coastal woodlands, heathlands, riparian and estuarine habitats as well as unique geological formations.
From Mallacoota, the track leads through tall forest and rainforest gullies, along the banks of the tranquil Davis Creek, through stunning coastal heathland woodland to eventually reach the quiet waters of the Betka River. From the Betka Beach car park, the track hugs the top of the coastal escarpment to Quarry Beach (page 7), Secret Beach (page 7) and eventually into Croajingolong National Park. A beautiful short loop track along the banks of Betka River is also available (see below). Lookouts along the way provide fantastic vistas of the coastline, taking in vast sweeping beaches, Cape Howe and Gabo Island. The total walk is approximately 9km, however it may be tackled in sections. There are a number of car parking areas along the route to permit this (see map). The sections include the Casuarina Walk (1.8km), The Heathland Walk (0.8km), Davis Creek to Betka Beach Picnic Ground (1.2km), and Betka Beach to Pebbly Beach (5.5km one way).
Note: If the Betka River Mouth is closed, access to the Pebbly Beach section is via the beach section. However, if the Betka River Mouth is open, it is recommended that walkers drive to the Betka Beach Picnic Ground to access the southern section of the walk as the Betka River Bridge is for vehicle traffic.
There are 9 new viewing platforms each offering magnificent seascapes revealing the true beauty of Australia’s Coastal Wilderness.
Excellent access points to Davis Creek Beach, Quarry Beach and Pebbly Beach have been provided and are suitable entry points to sections of the Mallacoota Coastal Walk.
The 1.8km Loop Track offers magnificent coastal vistas, heathland communities and enchanting river views as the path wanders through a riparian open forest community with its upper stratum of ancient angophoras, white stringy barks and bloodwoods, a middle
stratum of pittosporum, wattles and mellaleuca, a lower stratum of cassinia and Goodenia ovata with a variety of ground covering species. This environment provides a range of protected habitats for many birds, the chorus of their calls adding further pleasure to this section.
Another delightful short walk (1.2km return) is accessed from a small picnic ground (Map1 C14). The turn off to this picnic area car park is 50m on the right of the road to the Davis Creek car park. The walk features views of the Betka estuary, a good example of a dune heathland community which has an excellent terrestrial orchid display in Spring. Many estuarine birds may be seen here; OR complete a loop by walking along the beach to the steps leading up to the
Davis Creek car park (Map1 C14) and then follow the walking track back to the start.