Surrounded by 87,500 hectares of natural forest courtesy of Croajingolong National Park, Mallacoota is a small coastal fishing town popular for its secluded beaches and pristine waterways.

The town’s remoteness is a draw for city folk looking for a quiet holiday experience, while its northern climate takes advantage of the state’s warmest winter temperatures and fresh ocean breezes, making it a year-round destination. Mallacoota straddles the banks of an extensive lake system with great wildlife, bushwalks and water activities.

“Understated and unspoiled nature in the raw, set around pristine rivers, lakes and coastlines. Victoria’s best-kept secret.” – Ken Boundy

Less than 16km from shore is Gabo Island. A short boat trip away – or for the less adventurous an even shorter flight – Gabo is home to one of the oldest and tallest pink granite lighthouses in Australia (built from the island’s own rock), as well as colonies of seabirds and Little Penguins.

When you’re winding your way in or out of this secretive little inlet, be sure to follow the advice of our Australia-lapping MyPOWER cyclists: “There are so many kangaroos you need to bring your car to a gentle roll to avoid hitting one.”

Where? // 517km (6hrs, 48mins) northeast of Melbourne.

Did you know? // The town of Mallacoota, and balladeer EJ Brady, are credited with saving poet Henry Lawson’s life. Lawson joined Brady’s artists and writers camp in 1910 in Mallacoota to recover from his deathly alcoholism. Lawson would live another 12 years.


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