There are six permanent boat ramps within the area. Two are located at Bottom Lake, one at Main Wharf, and at Karbeethong Jetty. For river access, find a ramp at Gipsy Point. To launch directly into the ocean, use the one at Bastion Point.

Planning your day of fun and play in the water is essential. Boat operators should abide by the safety requirements provided by Gippsland Ports and the Mallacoota Coast Guard -information available at local service stations. Always make sure you have the right equipment on board, water, fuel, and an updated weather forecast.

In a marine emergency, get hold of the Mallacoota Coast Guard VF15. Boats with radios call on VHF 16, 81 or 27Meg 88. If no radio, then phone 0429 503 618 -call 000 if no response.


Inlet Amenities

Throughout Mallacoota Inlet there are a series of jetties and picnic areas some with gas BBQs. Fire wood is provided at the other areas in peak visitor times. Keep your eye on fire danger ratings if using wood fired BBQs. Fresh water is not available.


    • Allen’s Head
    • Cemetery Bight
    • Swimming Point
    • Cape Horn – gas BBQ
    • The Narrows
    • Gravely Point – gas BBQ
    • Goanna Bay
    • Genoa River Fire Trail – road access
    • Gipsy Point -road access
    • Sou-west Arm -road access
    • Captains Creek
    • Karbeethong Jetty and boat ramp – road access
    • Jinalong

Walks in the Inlet

These historical walks are accessed by boat.

Spotted Dog Mine
The Spotted Dog Gold Mine operated from 1895 to 1899. Access the walk from the jetty at Cemetery Bight (2km return).

Allan Head to Cemetery Bight
The track from Allan Head Picnic area follows the shore line before rising to an old bush cemetery where some early pioneers of the district are buried. Only one grave is now marked, the rest having been obscured by fire and time. It is a short walk down to the beach at Cemetery Bight

Water Sports

Water skiing, wakeboard and biscuits are some of the favourite outdoor activities among locals and tourists exploring the Mallacoota Inlet.

With plenty of room to get out of the wind and make the most your day, it’s important to respect speed restrictions and safety guidelines.

It is especially important to note you must avoid water sports in narrow areas of water.

Boating Essential Links

Navigational Information: VOZR (Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules) Schedule 109 Local Port of Mallacoota Inlet go to NTM’s (for this port)


The entrance channel leading into the inlet changes in position and depth and its navigation is dangerous without local knowledge. Extreme caution should be exercised from Captains Point to the Entrance. This vicinity is extremely shallow even at high water, with large sand banks and weed areas. Vessel operators should proceed at a slow speed during daylight hours only and remain observant.

The Bastion Point boat ramp provides direct access to Bass Strait. Mariners should exercise due diligence in using this launching facility, and plan their departure and return to coincide with favourable conditions.

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