When thinking of seaside destinations in Australia’s southern state of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road, Lakes Entrance and the Mornington Peninsula are more likely to come to mind than Mallacoota.
This sleepy little East Gippsland town in the far east of the state is what I believe to be one of Australia’s best kept secrets. It is a peaceful haven located quite literally in the middle of nowhere which is why it has stayed virtually untouched.
While the population does swell over summer with families and holiday makers from across Victoria and New South Wales taking up their prime spots in the waterfront campground, the town stays relatively peaceful for most of the year.
If you love fishing, swimming, walking, wildlife and generally being in the great outdoors, then Mallacoota is a place you will want to check out when exploring Australia.
While there I enjoyed walks on the many beaches, inlet pathways and through the surrounding Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Fishing is a very popular past time for locals and visitors. You can hire a boat or kayak and venture out into the Wallagaraugh River or just try your luck casting a line from the main jetty in town.
And when the sun starts to set, make sure you find yourself a prime position, somewhere along the inlet to watch the sky, bush and water change colour as another day slips away.
Whether you’re just passing through or planning to stay a while, Mallacoota in one place I’m sure you’ll fall head over heels for, just like I did.
I hope you enjoy these photos from my week spent immersing myself in the peace of this beautiful place.
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