Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 101 MALLACOOTA Nestled on the rocky shores of the Wilderness Coast, surrounded by the Croajingolong National Park, the pristine waters of the Mallacoota Inlet, and the roaring waves of the southern ocean, Mallacoota holds a special place in the hearts of many. The area’s unspoilt habitats support a diverse range of bird, marine and animal life, and there are countless beach, river and bushland trails to explore. It is also a boating and fishing mecca. An excellent range of waterfront accommodation and camping is available, and there is a large caravan park set along the shore of the picturesque Wallagaraugh River. The township’s main street offers a variety of stores and services for travellers, including supermarkets, cafés and food outlets, camping, fishing tackle and bait suppliers, as well as places to stock-up on gas and petrol. An angler’s paradise It’s no secret that Mallacoota Inlet attracts anglers looking to catch any of the many fish species inhabiting the lakes, beaches and rivers in this area. Autumn is an excellent time to head out onto the vast waterways of Mallacoota and sheltered Gypsy Point, or you can just kick-off your thongs and wade among the foam of the ocean shore-breaks with your surf rod. Mallacoota’s river estuary provides sheltered waters for virtually any size boat, including canoes and kayaks. Several boat ramps in and around the town make it easy to access these lovely waterways. The Top and Bottom Lakes at Mallacoota are connected by a waterway called The Narrows, creating a vast waterway for your boating and fishing explorations. In the right weather, experienced anglers with larger boats like heading offshore to enjoy the productive, deep-water fishing. Ask local fishing and bait suppliers about the best spots, rigs and baits for your style of fishing. Many offer live baits in season. Popular baits for Inlet fishing include sand worms, prawns, mussels, crabs, pilchards and yabbies. Mallacoota’s extensive network of sheltered waterways attract anglers from all over Australia. Photo: Visit Victoria Hiking the magnificent Quarry Beach at Mallacoota. Photo: Visit Victoria Unspoilt wilderness and fabulous fishing