Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 104 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Point Hicks Lighthouse For a unique accommodation experience, stay in the historic lighthouse keepers cottages at Point Hicks and enjoy panoramic views of Croajingolong National Park. The park features a pristine and diverse landscape from pure white sandy beaches, granite peaks to lush rainforests and eucalypts. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale. This is nature at its best. To book your accommodation, visit parkstay.vic.gov.au For more information visit parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963. ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN BEMM RIVER POINT HICKS GIPSY POINT MALLACOOTA EDEN Live the life of a lighthouse keeper Croajingolong National Park, in Far East Gippsland, follows the Victorian coastline for 100 kilometres and features eucalypt forest, rainforest and heathland. The park offers a range of secluded camping spots perfect for beach walks and birdwatching, or boating and fishing on its sheltered inlets. Point Hicks Lightstation, set deep within the Croajingolong National Park, includes an imposing lighthouse completed in 1890. The lightstation offers a small selection of cottage accommodation, perfect for those wanting a special historic accommodation experience. The cottages were built to house the lighthouse keepers and their families and are excellent examples of nineteenth century lighthouse residences. There are two cottages available; one can sleep up to 12 people and the other cottage up to eight people. A well-appointed kitchen, dining, bath- room and a comfortable sitting room awaits you, as you enjoy the serenity of a bygone era and views along the coast and out to sea across Bass Strait. Additionally, for single travellers or cou- ples, there is the Bungalow, which accommodates two guests with a single bedroom, kitchen and living area. Visitors need to bring their own food and drink, as the closest town with shops is Cann River, approximately one-hour’s drive away. Point Hicks Lighthouse is open to the public for tours at 1pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tours are free of charge but are limited to a maximum of 12 people per tour. Bookings are not required. For details, visit the parkstay website. The granite cliffs of Point Hicks beautifully frame the Point Hicks Marine National Park, which represents Victoria’s far-eastern marine environment. A range of habitats can be discovered beneath these waters, including a granite subtidal reef, intertidal rock platforms and offshore sands. The seafloor drops away rapidly from shore, descending to 90 metres, which makes it one of the deepest marine areas within Victoria. It is the resting place of two shipwrecks - the SS Kerangie (lost in 1879) and the SS Saros (1937). Throughout the park there is a startling diversity of marine life. Many creatures found here are not found further west because the water is too cold. There are numerous brightly coloured seastars, brittle stars, abalone, fan worms, seashells, hermit crabs and delicate sea slugs. The fish diversity is just as great including schools of fish such as butterfly perch. Explore the rocky coastline at Point Hicks and extend your stay at the former lighthouse keepers’ cottages. Photo: Parks Victoria, Mark Watson

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