Our town

“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 halfway between Melbourne and Sydney and is within a few hours’ drive of the ACT (around 7 hours from Melbourne ). Surrounded by a national park the area WAS listed as a Unesco World Biosphere, until the fires.

Local attractions include quality lake and estuary fishing, surfing, sailing, swimming, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking, boating and beach exploring.

The township is small and has a range of cafes, restaurants, and takeaway stores. Meals are available at the hotel, bowling, and golf club. Two fully equipped licensed supermarkets are open daily as is the bakery.

1 service station with fuel available for vehicles and boats. There is a workshop with a mechanic.

Other Services

A medical center with 2 doctors, Mallacoota & District Health Service, chemist, gift shops, surf shop, bait and tackle at service station and IGA Supermarket, 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, 1 service station, an auto electrician and assorted trades, a marine place, 2 gift shops, assorted galleries, 3 boat hire places, 2 cruise boats with guides, assorted wilderness tours, kayak, canoe, and sailboat hire, butcher, 2 op shops, and a bakery. We are hoping someone will re-open our newsagency by the time you read this! (newspapers are sold at the garage and there is a Tattslotto in the chemist. Very interesting seafood and takeaway(Kelpies) at the main wharf.

One hour up the coast at Eden there is a very large shopping area with the things we don’t have such as a dentist, newsagent, jeweler, cinema (at Merimbula, 15 min on) video hire, hairdresser 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 saltwater lakes and assorted rivers and creeks.

If you require further information on anything there is an information center.

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. Secondhand books and magazines are available at both Op Shops and book exchanges at the mud-brick Fridays, Sat. good market once a month(1st Sat) once a month. Supermarkets carry limited stationery, as does the Post Office.

We swell to up to 8,000 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 unspoiled 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.