“No coarse hand of progress will ever tear from Mallacoota and its surroundings the mystic beauty which clings to it like an enchanted veil, showing under the soft transparency of sky and air a lovliness amongst the rarest in picturesque Australia.”E.J. Brady, The Overlander 1926
Mallacoota is a small picturesque seaside fishing village situated half way between Melbourne and Sydney and is within a few hours drive of the ACT (around 7 hrs from Melbourne ). Completely surrounded by national park the area is listed as a Unesco World Biosphere.
Local attractions include quality lake and estuary fishing, surfing, sailing, swimming, bush walking, mountain biking, kayaking, boating and beach exploring.
The township is small and has a range of cafes, restaurants and take away stores. Meals are available at the hotel, bowling and golf club. Two fully equipped licensed supermarkets are open daily as is the bakery.
2 service stations with fuel available for vehicles and boats. One has a workshop with car mechanics.
A medical center with 2 doctors, bush nurse, chemist, gift shops, surf shop, bait and tackle at service stations, Bendigo Bank, a hole in the wall for Westpac outside Salt Gift Shop, a post office with Commonwealth agency and EFTPOS in most stores. We have Home hardware, 2 service stations, an auto electrician, welder, and assorted trades, marine place, 2 gift shops, assorted galleries, 3 boat hire places, 2 cruise boats with guides, assorted wilderness tours, kayak, canoe and sailboat hire, 2 hairdressers, butcher, 2 op shops, and a bakery. We are hoping someone will re open our newsagency by the time you read this!
One hour up the coast at Eden there is a very large shopping area with the things we don’t have such as dentist, newsagent, jeweller, cinema (at Merimbula, 15 min on) video hire and vet.
There are also such things as adventure parks and horse riding available here.
Mallacoota has the most amazing beaches, with safe swimming for toddlers up to waves for experienced board riders. There are 2 salt water lakes and assorted rivers and creeks.
If you require further information on anything there is an information centre.
More information on this area from Parks Victoria
Croajingolong National Park
Please note: we have lost our Newsagency, which is very sad. Papers are available at the Shell Service Station. Second hand books and magazines available both Op Shops. Supermarkets carry limited stationery, as does the Post Office. Lotto on line, or do it before you come away on holidays.
We swell to up to 10,000 people during the Christmas holidays. This means for those 4 weeks or so most accommodation places are flat out.
Most of us live in Mallacoota for the lifestyle rather than wanting to grow rich overnight!! The place is one of unspoilt beauty and a magnet for artists, poets (my parents for instance) musicians and people who love nature.
The Ocean Access Boat Ramp is finished.
Visitors can now enjoy the Marine Park, Gabo and of course, fish the ocean.