A walk around Mallacoota from the Lakeside Drive fishing platforms to the wharf, Captain Stevensen's Point, Devlins Inlet to the Beach and onto Bastion Point.
Mallacoota is a walking paradise, it offers a vast number of wonderful walking possibilities. It has many formal and informal walks around the township and surrounding Croajingolong National Park.
There are lots of seats, picnic tables and spots to stop, and toilets along the walk.
The bush, mudflats, sandflats, inlet and beach attracts an enormous number of birds.
Wildlife you may find includes Kangaroos (even two that are often camped in the centre of town) and koalas.
If you are into fishing, there are also plenty of spots to stop and drop a line, or just sit, look and smell the sea air.
In the Bastion Point rock pools you might find crabs, molluscs, urchins and other intertidal life.
"Mallacoota has a long history of Aboriginal occupation. It is believed that the name Croajingolong is derived from 'Kruaetungalung', the Aboriginal clan of the Ben-Kurnai tribe that inhabited this area of East Gippsland. The Murring people occupied territory to the north of Mallacoota, while the country in between was occupied by the Bidewel, or scrub dwellers. This area provided a rich source of food to resident Aboriginal people who left behind an abundance of artefacts and middens." (quote from 'Mallacoota Inlet and Surrounds' Parks Victoria').
The boardwalks starts along the path just past the carpark on Lakeside Drive. A few fishing platforms go off the boardwalk.
The inlet is on one side of the boardwalk and wetlands on the other, both have an abundance of birdlife and aquatic life.
The shared path is very popular with walkers and bike riders alike and is in pretty good condition.
There are many little jetties dotted along the path and it is hard not to spot a pelican or two perched on many of them.
The wonderful raised boardwalk provides a shady spot to look out to the inlet.
Old and new, big and small boats (but nothing too flash!) in the Mallacoota harbour.
Coull's Inlet is beautiful on a still early morning.
One of the many fishing spots along the walk. Even if you are not into fishing, it's fun to watch early morning anglers.
Beautiful views abound on the walk. Goat Island, Rabbit Island and more...
Over the summer, many camping ground visitors more theri boats along the shore. Boats for fishing, water skiing, bird watching or pleasure....
The next part of the walk goes through the council caravan park, in summer there is always something to look at.
If you want, you can take a short detour off the path and follow the water to Capt. Stevenson's Point (or stay on the path up above).
A great spot to look up the inlet or to the mouth (and watch boats go out to sea). You can even see Gabo Island from here.
If you look carefully you can often see Koalas in the trees, even the odd kangaroo.
To get across to the beach you have to wade across about 20 meteres of the inlet which is about 45 cm deep. In summer teh water is quite warm so it is very pleasant.
This structure that some have built in the sand dune out of driftwood has been there for a while, hope it lasts a while longer!
On a clear day the beach is beautiful other times it can be rugged and wild, but no less wonderful. This part is only for strong competent swimmers. But watch the surfers!
The beach is certainly great for walking, but can get a bit blowy.
This is the main swimming beach that is patrolled by life savers in the holiday season. Any one for cricket?
Rockpools to look at and a good spot for snorkling off teh rocks when the conditions are good.