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Mallacoota

Far East Victoria

semi-overcast 27 °C

Saltwater Creek campground in the Ben Boyd National Park south of Eden was to be our next destination but our run of outs in these southern NSW national parks continued. We don’t like booking sites unseen but decided we should check a couple of days before leaving Pambula as to the availability of a site and much to our disappointment the campground was booked out. So Mallacoota was our next stop and what a great place it was. There was a touch of sadness as we crossed the border back into our home state after 10 months away and the realisation that the trip of a lifetime was nearly over. However Mallacoota situated in the far east of Victoria was an absolute gem and we wondered why we had never found this place years ago.

We stayed at the Mallacoota Foreshore Caravan Park which is a huge park along the banks of the inlet and ocean foreshore with nice grassy sites and great views of the inlet and nearby hills. The park was fairly quiet in mid December but it is not hard to imagine how different it would be with its 700 sites full over January. With its extensive inlet and ocean beaches Mallacoota is a fisherman’s paradise and caters to boat and land based anglers with lots of boat ramps, fishing jetties around the inlet and surf beaches.

The surrounding forests have vehicle access tracks and walking tracks where you can explore this pristine area. Places we enjoyed were Sandy Point (nice picnic area), Sou West Arm (jetty) and Gypsy Point (very picturesque town on the Genoa River). A drive along the Bekta Road takes you to a number of lovely beaches. Bekta Beach has a nice picnic area and good swimming in the estuary of the Bekta River or the ocean beach. Quarry Beach has interesting coloured rock strata to the left of the car park. Secret Beach is our pick of the beaches with interesting rock features at both ends and a sea cave you can enter at low tide. Shipwreck Creek can be reached by following a 4wd track through the forest to a campground and beach with a creek running into the ocean. The last 7km of the track was full of potholes and required careful driving.

I managed to catch some nice fish off one of the jetties around the inlet on a beautiful sunny morning. Four nice tailor and a 47cm flathead provided some nice fish meals. The inlet was closed to the ocean while we were there which was affecting the fishing but there were still plenty of boats heading out every day. Mallacoota is a great little country town unspoilt by large commercial interests, so you won’t find fast food outlets here. We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights in Mallacoota (one night longer than we had planned) and will definitely be back in the future for a longer stay.

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Posted by OzJourney 01:02 Archived in Australia

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