We sometimes experience power failures(there are a lot of trees out there)

If this should happen we will notify you as soon as we know when service will be restored. If you want to check for yourselves call 131799 and follow the prompts.

Check out alternatives, such as cooking on the BBQ. Make sure you have safe lighting such as a torch or votive candles & matches. Candle wax does not come off things easily!

Don’t open the fridge unless you really have to!




We are not on mains gas, so if you have a gas cooking stove, you may run out of gas. Turn off all burners, go outside. There will be 2 large silver cylinders, usually to the back or side of the house. Turn the valve on the top of the regulator to the full cylinder. Turn off the empty one. PLEASE LET US KNOW so that we can order another. If you have gas hot water, relight the pilot light, following instructions on the unit.




As we can’t tell when you will run out of BBQ gas, when it happens we ask that you take your empty to Shell Service Station and obtain a re fill on our account. Please leave your name and the name of the house you are in(there is a form there to fill in)



We ask that you CLEAN THE BBQ after you have used it please. Due to the close schedule on some of our bookings it is a great strain on our cleaners to have to clean this if you forget. If you don’t want to do it yourselves, tell us. A fee of $30.00 will apply.


If there is a balance of rental owing you may wish to arrange a time to come and pay us. Please phone us on 03 51 580 654 or 0409 821 071, ( leave your mobile number if you can) or call at 138, Mirrabooka Road .




Any excess rubbish(outside of bins), or rubbish put into green waste bin(which is only for prunings and grass) will incur a tipping fee of $48.00


Should there be anything you require, just give us a call.

Check out time is 10AM on the morning of departure, unless previously arranged. (Some of our cleaners have to travel a fair distance to get to their job!)Please leave the key in the meter box or in the door.

There is a rubbish collection in Mallacoota, early every Wednesday. We would be grateful if you would put the bin out on the roads edge on Tuesday night. A glance at other houses will tell you if it is recyclable week ( every second week) or not. This means the big green bin goes out as well. If you have anything really smelly like bait please wrap well before you put it in the bin, either take to the tip ( on the way to the beach anyway) or feed the seagulls!

Telstra and Optus mobile services are a bit patchy here. NO VODAPHONE




Edna 51 580 654 0409 821 071 for payments, information on Mallacoota & services,

problems with keys or house,late departure

Gas, electrical difficulties.

Terms & Conditions

If a booking is cancelled then the deposit will be considered lost, unless the unit can be booked to another client for that entire period. Negotiation to transfer deposits to a future date, or extenuating circumstances will be considered.A 10% of the total booking fee will be charged in these instances,regardless.

Any breakages or damage shall be considered to be the responsibility of the tenants or their guests.

The premises is rented on a holiday basis only for the period stated on the confirmation letter. The terms of arrival and departure and the number of people the unit is booked out to are set out in this document.


Departure must be at 10am sharp, unless negotiated beforehand,or a further days rental will be charged.

All houses have a $100 refundable cleaning bond,which is payable on arrival. The bond will be $200 if you have a pet.These cover accidental damage,pet damage and pet cleaning. Just leave the property as you found it! Please contact us at once if you are concerned about anything.

There will be a $30.00 charge if the BBQ has been used by you, the client and not cleaned afterwards.

What is clean?

No visible sign of soil is the definition. House should be vacuumed,tidied and left as you found it. If you are not happy when you move in PLEASE LET US KNOW AT ONCE!!



We would appreciate it if you keep your pets in the car when you arrive. We are in a sensitive area and paw scent is disturbing and upsetting to native wild life. Thanks!

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Mallacoota is surrounded by the UNESCO listed World Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park. It is one of Victoria ’s largest and most scenic parks. There is 100 km of beautiful undeveloped coastline – “The Wilderness Coast”

This area contains rocky headlands, sandy tidal estuaries, swamp systems, tall sand dunes; land locked freshwater lakes, mountains, temperate rain forest valleys, coastal forests and extensive heath-lands. The Wilderness Coast provides the habitats for over 1500 species of flora (215 species being endemic) which in turn sustain a very diverse range of fauna.

Mallacoota is renowned for its bird life; the large number of species emphasizes the range of habitats in the park. Native mammals including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, platypuses, possums, bats, and gliders abound in the park. The communities contain a diverse range of reptiles and numerous species of insects including colourful butterflies and moths.

Mallacoota Inlet consists of two large lakes which form the estuary of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers . The town of Mallacoota is located in a region where the weather patterns are quite different to that of Melbourne . The climate is termed “ Mediterranean ” for it provides ideal temperatures for year round enjoyment of the areas and its features.

Mallacoota had a long history of Aboriginal occupation. It is believed that the 5 clans made up a single tribe called the Krauaetunglung and Croajingolong is a version of this name. (See the section “What is in a name’ page 13) The area provided a rich source of food for the resident Aboriginal clans as evident by their middens and other artifacts.

Early pastoralists had occupied the better land by the 1850’s. One of these was Captain John Stevenson, a whaler who was granted a grazing license in 1841. In 1842 it is believed that he established his residence at Captain Stevenson’s Point. Although Mallacoota was only accessed by sea, it became popular with tourists as early as 1882.

Mallacoota had a modest gold rush in the 1890s with some 50 claims being established. The Spotted Dog Mine was the only successful one producing 899 oz of gold £3,730 from 1895 to 1899. This mine was on the eastern side of the inlet. There is a pioneer cemetery nearby. Both may be accessed from Cemetery Bight Jetty or Allan Head Jetty.

In the early 1900s Edwin James Brady established a ‘writer’s camp’ at Captain Stevenson’s Point; he invited leading literary figures to attend. One of these was Henry Lawson who wrote “Mallacoota Bar” and other poems.

Mallacoota was the location for the headquarters of RAAF coastal surveillance during WW11 and as such served an important role at that time. One of the two bunkers used at that time has been extensively restored by the local RSL. See Drive D.



A. Captain Stevenson’s Point & The Entrance Viewing Deck (Map1 H9 & I8)

From the Information Shed proceed for 0.5km along the foreshore to a parking bay at the top of the point. This offers excellent views of the islands at this end of the Bottom Lake and the sand dunes separating the lake system from the Tasman Sea . A plaque marks the camp site that author E.J.Brady established in 1909. His friend, Henry Lawson, often visited him here. Continue for another 0.5km to “The Entrance” Viewing Platform for excellent seascapes.




B. Bastion Point Lookouts . (Map1 K8)

Proceed along Maurice Ave to the roundabout and then along Betka Rd to Bastion Point Rd. Turn left and travel to the Lookouts. From these, there are excellent views of the entrance,

Bastion Point, Gabo Island , Tullaberga Island and the Howe Range . Access to the beach and the Bastion Point rock pools are available here. A walk around the point leads to a long stretch of beach that extends to Betka Beach .

C. Betka Beach and “3 Beaches Walk” (Map1 M1 & Map2 G1)

Return to Betka Rd and turn left. Proceed down this road and cross the Betka River to a well equipped picnic area serving the swimming beach. Here the Betka River enters the ocean and you may enjoy estuary swimming OR when it is not high tide you could tackle the attractive

“3 Beaches Walk” .

“3 Beaches Walk” (approx 45 minutes return). From the mouth of the Betka River , turn right and follow the beach to a small rocky headland. Cross over the neck onto the second beach. Walk along this beach and enjoy the magnificent rock formations until you reach the end, where you once again cross over a small rocky headland onto the 3 rd beach where you will find stunning, pink “cathedral like “cliffs. To return, retrace you steps.

D. WW11 Bunker (Map 2 F1)

Continue along Betka Rd to the Airfield Rd , turn right and a short distance along this road, on the left, is located one of two Bunkers used by the RAAF as Operations Rooms. During WW11, Mallacoota was the headquarters of RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region and was an important link in the chain of defense installations for south east Australia . This Bunker is being restored by the Mallacoota RSL. The Bunker is on the Register of the National Trust it is also used as a museum by the Historical Society.

E. Quarry Beach . (Map 2 F1)

Continue along Betka Rd past the airfield. ( The road is gravel and often has potholes, take care.) The road is now the Old Coast Rd. Just before a steel and concrete bridge, there is turnoff to the left that leads to Quarry Beach . Pleasant seascapes are evident from the parking area, but the real feature is to be found about 150m to the left along the beach where an excellent example of folded colourful rock strata may be seen.

F. Secret Beach .

From Quarry Beach , return to the Old Coast Rd and turn left over the bridge. ( Be careful, for although the bridge is relatively new, there can be large pot holes adjacent to the concrete at each end of the structure.) Proceed along Betka road to the parking area for Secret Beach . There is a viewing platform just before the beach access car park but the view is now obscured. From the car park, there is a path and a set of steps down to Secret Beach , where good seascapes may be seen. At low tide there is a sea cave at the northern end of the beach, if you enter, watch your head as there is a rough rock overhead near the entrance.

G. Pebbly Beach.

From Secret Beach car park, turn left and follow the road for a short distance to the turnoff to Pebbly beach. This track leads to a car park and a path leading down to another pleasant beach with its associated seascapes and at the far end some interesting rock pools.

H. Shipwreck Creek.

From Pebbly Beach return to the Old Coast Rd and turn left. Follow this road to Centre Track. Follow the sign to Shipwreck Creek a distance of about 8km. There is a camping ground at Shipwreck creek and bookings over the peak holiday periods must be made at the


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Parks Vic Office . Toilets and picnic facilities are available for day trippers. There are a number of good walks as well as a very interesting beach to be investigated.

I. Karbeethong and Narrows Drive ( and walk) .

Proceed along Lakeside Drive to Mirrabooka Rd. Follow this road to South Gateway and turn right at the Telstra Tower into Martin St. Proceed slowly down Martin St , to take in the

panoramic views of the Bottom Lake , Howe Range and Gabo Island . Martin St runs into Broome St which leads back to Lakeside Drive . Turn left into Lakeside Drive and proceed around the lake to the intersection of three roads. Take the gravel road past the Karbeethong Jetty to Buckland’s Jetty to a parking area. which provides access to The Narrows.

I (I) The Narrows Walk : - A pleasant walk alongside the Narrows (a water way connecting the Bottom and Top Lakes ) commences here. (Parts of the track are rocky). Walking to the end of the Narrows will reveal the beauty of the two lake system Return to the intersection of the three roads and take the middle one ( Karbeethong Rd ). This road provides scenic views across Bottom Lake . The road then passes through forest back to the Genoa Rd.

J. Forest, Lake and River drive .

(Three well equipped picnic areas on the lake that may be accessed by car, so take a BBQ, or picnic and enjoy the facilities at one of them.)

Take Lakeside Drive to Karbeethong Road . Travel through the dry sclerophyll forest (trees with hard leathery leaves) to the Genoa Road . Turn right and travel approximately 5km to the turnoff on the right to Sandy Point Track, proceed down this track to the Sandy Point picnic ground (Map 2 E6). A track leads down to a pleasant sandy point.

Return to the Genoa Road , turn right and travel approximately 2km to Sou West Arm Track. Proceed with care down this track to the Sou West Arm picnic ground (Map 2 D7); the jetty is a short walk from the parking bay.

Return to the Genoa Road and turn right, travel approximately 3km to the Genoa River Fire Trail. Proceed down the trail to the picnic ground and Jetty on the Genoa River (Map 2 E8). Return to the Genoa Road , turn right and travel to the Gipsy Point Road . Proceed to Gipsy Point (Map2 C9). Also investigate the Genoa River from the end of View St .



K. The Mallacoota Walking Tracks.

A set of 6 separate walks covering a total distance of approximately 8 km.

K (I) Shady Gully Walk (0.5km) . (Map1 (F4 to G2)) This short forest walk is accessed by a set of steps off Lakeside Drive at the end of Coull’s Inlet and it ends at the Miva Miva Centre on the Mallacoota-Genoa Road . Common trees are Mountain Grey Gum, Angophora and Stringybarks which provide a habitat for sugar gliders, brush tail possums, flycatchers and silvereyes.

KII) Casuarina Walk . (1.8km) (Map1 (G2 to K3)) The start of this walk is opposite the Miva Miva Centre which is on the Mallacoota-Genoa Road . The path goes through a Casuarina littoralis community (Seed capsules of this Casuarina provide food for the Glossy Black Cockatoo). Other trees include White Stringy Bark, Red Bloodwood, Angophora., Mountain Grey Gum (a typical gum tree in that it sheds its bark in long strips leaving smooth trunks) and Cherry Ballart (a very green tree with a weeping habit). The ground plants include orchids, native daisies, goodenia, ferns and mosses. For the bird observers Wrens, Robins,


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Finches, Lorikeets, Fantails, Tree Creepers and Wattle Birds may be seen. A small bridge crosses a fern gully and here a number of small birds are active in the early morning and in the evening. The track leads to Betka Road .

K (III) Heathland Walk (0.8 km) (Map1 (K3 to L3))

This walk starts opposite the end of the Casuarina Walk on Betka Road just past the Davis Creek Bridge . One feature of this walk is the vegetation change from forest to heathland.

Typical heathland plants that may be seen include heaths, orchids, scrub casuarina, banksias, acacias, daisies, hakeas, grass trees etc. Birds that have been observed include Whistling Kites, Ground Parrots, Emu Wrens, and Swallows. The walk ends at the Davis Beach access car park.

K (IV) Beach Walk (2.1 km) (Map1 (L3 via L9 to K8).

This walk is accessed by a set of steps leading down through the coastal plant community from the car park serving Davis Beach or from the Bastion Point Lookout Car Park. At the Davis Beach end there is a rock formation that you may have to climb over if the tide is too high ( Take Care ).On the Bastion Point side of the rock formation is a sand dune blowout. Sand dune colonising plants have not been able to become established here because of the shifting sand, due, in part, to people pressure. Sea Rocket a colonizing plant (mauve flowers),

sand dune binding grasses Hairy Spinifex and the introduced Marram Grass, Coast Tea Tree and Coast Banksias are common plants on the dune side of this walk. The surf side offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and seals. Bastion Point rock pools provide habitats for inter-tidal marine life of algae, molluscs, sea anemones, sea urchins, small fish and crabs.

K (V) Pittosporum Walk (1.4km) . (Map1 (K8 to I6))

This walk can be accessed from the Bastion Point Car Park. The walk provides excellent views of islands, sand flats of the tidal delta (the largest in Victoria ) Gabo Island and the Howe Range . The endemic sweet Pittosporum thrives in the small moist gullies. Some access and departure points of the gullies are moderately steep. Mistletoe birds, Scarlet Honeyeaters, Firetails, Lyrebirds and Whip Birds may be seen or heard.

K (VI) Heritage Trail (0.5km) . (Map1 I6) A brochure is available for this walk.

This short walk will introduce you to some of the cultural and natural features of the area including the rare Mallacoota Gum, evidence of aboriginal occupation, the remains of early European settlement and a range of plant species.

L Buckland’s Jetty to Captain Creek Jetty. ( 8km one way). (Map2 G5 to F6)

This walk is accessed from the parking area just past Buckland’s Jetty and follows the shore line for a considerable part of the distance. It has relatively easy grades although the track surface is relatively rough in places. Wear good footwear. Good water views, birdlife and wild flowers (in season) are features of this walk.

M. Captain Creek Jetty to Genoa Road . (3km one way). (Map2 F6 to F4)

This walk is through relatively open dry sclerophyll forest. The grades are relatively gentle. In Spring there is a good wildflower display.

N. Genoa Rd to Buckland’s Jetty via Karbeethong Rd & Schnapper Pt Drive . (Map2 F4) This walk follows the listed roads to Lakeside Drive . Turn left to Buckland’s Jetty. The grades are gentle. Pleasant vistas open up as the descent to Lakeside Drive is completed.

O. Double Creek Nature Walk. ( 1km round trip ) . (Map2 D5). Access is from the Double Creek picnic ground which is approximately 8km from Mallacoota on the Genoa Rd. The loop track follows Double Creek for a short distance through a rainforest gully. Ferns,


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mosses, liverworts, fungi and temperate rainforest trees and shrubs are found in this area. The path then leads up a gentle slope through a dry sclerophyll forest. Here the observant will see small terrestrial and epiphytic orchids in season. The track then leads down hill back to the start. Koalas and lyrebirds also inhabit this area. Other birds maybe heard or observed. While at the picnic ground, look up and down the creek. Large mullet frequent this waterway.

P. Double Creek Arm (2km return) (Map2 D5) .

Start this walk opposite the picnic area at Double Creek. It is an easy walk and follows the creek. It passes through stands of mellaleuca trees which have distinctive paper like bark. Azure kingfishers are often seen working the creek. At the end of the walk many water birds are often seen. Koalas maybe seen in the large gums at the start of the walk.

Q. Walks off Sandy Point Track. . (Map2 E6)   

Approximately 2km along this track a walking track leads to Campshot Point (2km one way), and Quamby Point (4km one way). Both walks have moderate grades. Bird life and wild flowers (in season) are features of these walks.

R. Captain Creek Jetty to Double Creek. . (Map2 F6 to D5)

(4km one way) Short sections of this walk are steep and parts maybe muddy after rain. This walk and Walk N can form a round trip returning along the Genoa Road to Karbeethong Road and hence back to Buckland’s Jetty (total 20km).

S. Cape Horn Bay . . (Map2 C7) (2km return). This walk starts from a small intersection and clearing on left hand side of the Genoa Fire Trail (approx 12km from town). The turn off is approximately 1km after Coolwater Creek. and is near a relatively blind corner so take care!

T Shipwreck Creek Heathland Walk. (Approximately 6km return). Follow the sign from the Shipwreck Creek Day Visitor Area. The walk passes through heathland and has good views. Spring and early summer, produce a good display of wild flowers. Approximately 1km from the start, there is a track on your left, this leads back to the camping ground. Use this path when you return. Continue past this point until a small gully is reached. A wooden bridge in this gully can be slippery, at times, take care . Approximately 10 metres past the bridge is a narrow track, on the right, leads down to a secluded bay which although very rocky has excellent rock pools (A good lunch spot). Return via the same route except take the return path (mentioned earlier).


Walks and Picnic Areas accessed by boat

U (I). Allan’s Head to Cemetery Bight . (2km one way) (Map2 J7)

The track follows the shore line before rising to an old bush cemetery where some early pioneers of the district are buried. Only one grave is now marked, the rest having been obscured by fire and time. It is short walk down to the beach at Cemetery Bight.

U. (II) Spotted Dog Mine. (2km return) . (Map2 K7)

The Spotted Dog Gold Mine operated from 1895 to 1899. Access the walk from the Jetty at Cemetery Bight. There is a pamphlete available for this self guided walk.

V. Picnicking. (Refer to list on Map2).

There are several picnic areas located around the lake system some of which may only be accessed by boat. Gas barbeques are provided at Gravelly Point, Captain Creek, and Cape Horn . Fire wood is provided at the other areas in peak visitor times. Fresh water is not available so plan to take what is needed. Rubbish bins are not provided so please take your rubbish home with you.


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Water Sports

W. Fishing

The Mallacoota Inlet is a declared Recreational Fishing Area. A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is required and these maybe obtained at Parks Victoria, the Shell Service

Station, Shady Gully Camp Park and Mallacoota Bait & Tackle. Throw a line from a beach, the jetty, a boat, or a secluded lakeside spot. You may catch flathead, snapper, whiting, tailor, luderick, mulloway, bass, bream and salmon. The Mallacoota Inlet Fishing Club runs regular fishing competitions.

Prawning in the season can be a fun family activity.

X. Swimming

Mallacoota Lake system and adjacent beaches offer plenty of opportunity for swimming or surfing. Please surf within the flags at the supervised surf beach. A good family swimming area is at Betka Beach where there are excellent facilities.

•  Boating, Kayaking and Canoeing.

The Mallacoota lake system is best enjoyed by using a boat or a canoe. The Mallacoota Inlet is an estuarine system consists of two lakes. The Bottom Lake is connected to the sea at the southern end and by an attractive water way called the Narrows to the Top Lake which is fed by the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers . The system is easily navigated from Mallacoota to Gypsy Point which is approximately 1km downstream from the confluence of the Wallagaraugh River with the Genoa River . There are a number of “arms” connected to other

minor water ways, bays and bights providing approximately 320km of lake-shoreline most of which is part of the Croajingolong National Park (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). There are 11 Picnic areas around the lake 10 of which have well maintained jetties for access. The other at Sandy Point may be accessed by road. (Also see Cruise and Tour Operators Page 12.)

Boat ramps are located at the Main Wharf , Karbeethong Jetty and Gypsy Point.

Z. Windsurfing and Sailing.

The lake system provides the ideal venue for all standards of wind surfers and sailors.


Half and Full Day Trips (Take your lunch and drinks ).

AA . Genoa Peak and Falls.

A day trip so take a lunch to enjoy at the picnic ground at the Genoa Peak car park. Proceed to Genoa and turn left onto the Princes Highway . Travel approximately 2km to the Genoa Peak turnoff. Follow this road to the car park. The walk to the Peak is approximately 1.5km; there is an excellent viewing point

on a large tor about 400m from the summit. The last section is steep but a couple of well constructed galvanized steel ladders take you to the summit from where you will obtain magnificent 360 O views of Mallacoota inlet, the ocean and surrounding mountains. Be sure to choose a fine day and supervise any children . Return to the Princes Highway , turn left and travel approximately 2km to a turnoff on the right just before a set of power lines. A short distance down this track is a parking bay with a path leading to the scenic Genoa Falls .

AB. Drummer Rain Forest Walk . (1 km)

Located approximately 38 km west of Genoa off the Princess Hwy. The walk starts from a car park 500 m along Drummer Rd from the highway. Toilets and picnic facilities are provided. The loop walk takes you through the remnant of an ancient temperate rainforest. Giant Kanuka trees, Grey gums, ferns, vines and mosses create the diverse beauty of this area.


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AC. Wingan Inlet Nature Trail

The access road is the West Wingan Road which is approximately 40 km from Genoa on the left. The road is not sealed so drive with care. The Day Visitor Area is 35km from the highway. The Nature Trail is 3 km return. Bridges and board walks assist visitors to negotiate this tidal estuary (Take care on the board walk as it may become slippery when wet). The track then winds over an old sand dune system o the beach. If you wish to observe the Fur Seal colonies on the Skerries, walk to your left along the beach. Return via the same route.

AD. Elusive Lake

Access is from a small car park approximately 37km from the highway on the West Wingan Road . The walk is approximately 5km return. The track passes through a Banksia Woodland and winds gently down to the lake. This is a fresh water lake and is up to 22 m deep in places. The lake is unusual in that there is no water course flowing into or out of the lake. Its level is maintained by rainfall and underground seepage. The lake is in a most attractive setting with white sandy beaches. Still days produce excellent reflections.

AE. Point Hicks Lightstation.

Access is via Cann River . Turn South off the highway (opposite the hotel) for about 1.5 km, then take the Point Hicks road to the Thurra River Campground. (The road is sealed for half of the 40 km trip). Drive to the end of the road. The walk is approximately 4.5 km return. To access the walk around the gate at the end of the road and follow the vehicle track to the lightstation. Allow plenty of time as there is much to see at Point Hicks. The granite headland was Captain Cook’s first sighting of Australia in April 1770.

AF. Maxwell’s rainforest and Mallacoota lookout.

A day trip so take a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lookout. Drive to Genoa and turn right onto the Princes Highway . Travel over the border to Maxwell’s Road which is on the right ( there is a small green shed at the intersection ). Follow Maxwell’s Road to a car park and picnic tables (on the left) at Maxwell’s Rainforest Walk. The circuit walk passes down through an excellent example of a temperate rainforest. Information boards name and explain the features of many of the plants found in this special community. Continue along Maxwell’s Road and follow the signs to Mallacoota Lookout here, there are excellent views of the Mallacoota inlet and Croajingolong National Park . There is a picnic spot at the lookout. Retrace to Mallacoota.

AG. Greencape Lighthouse . The 30km road to Greencape has 23 km of unsealed surface. The turn off is approximately 40 Km north of Genoa . The road leads to a car park a short distance from the lighthouse. A path leads past the lighthouse to a viewing area. Aquatic mammals and birds are usually evident off the cape. While in the area investigate City Rock (great seascapes across Disaster Bay) and Bittangabee Bay . A good walk is from Greencape Lighthouse car park to Bittangabee Bay (14km return or 7km one way using a car shuffle.)

AH. Boyd’s Tower & Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site . Access to these two historic sites is via Edrom Rd which turns off the Princes Hwy 43 km north of Genoa . Apart from the historical aspects (well explained on information boards), the seascapes at the headland where Boyd’s Tower is located are superb. On the southern side of the headland is a very interesting rock formation (an interpretive board explains the formation.

Sporting Clubs

Mallacoota Angling Club An active club that conducts regular competitions.

Enquiries Mallacoota Bait & Tackle (Map 1 G8) 5158 0188 B/H



Mallacoota Inlet Bowling Club (Map1 I3) a small club with a big welcome for all visitors. Monthly functions see the Information Shed for details. Enquiries 5158 0217 B/H

Mallacoota Golf Club has an 18 green scenic course. (Map1 K5) Ladies’ Golf, Wednesdays 10am , all welcome. Men’s Golf, Thursdays 9.30am and Saturdays 11am , all welcome. Equipment hire facilities. Moderate fees. Enquiries 5158 0277

Mallacoota Pony Club (Map1 B1) run monthly rallies. Enquiries 5158 0740

Surf Life Saving Club (Map1 M1) Supervise a section of beach during the holiday period. Enquiries 5158 0691

Tennis Club (Map1 H6) The Mallacoota Youth & Sports Club has 3 courts for hire. Enquiries at Mallacoota Bait & Tackle Shop ( no phone bookings).


What is in a Name?

The Mallacoota & District Historical Society is researching the origins of our local names.

If you can help, please ring 5158 0685 or 5158 0083.

Betka River – from aboriginal word “belpa” meaning “a day”.

Buckland’s Jetty – originally known as Long Jetty. Renamed after a member of the Buckland family who have been residents for over 100 years.

Bull Ring – First known as Burgess’ Hole. Syd Burgess settled this block in the early 1900’s.

Cape Howe –Captain Cook ( April 20 th 1770 ) named after Earl Howe who was the Royal Navy Treasurer.

Captain’s Stevenson’s Point – Captain John Stevenson (a whaler) obtained a grazing licence in 1841, and took up residence in 1842 when he built 2 bark huts.

Croajingolong – a corrupted version of an aboriginal clan name. The Kruatungulong (men of the east) or Croatin-coolong (part of the Kurnai tribe). ‘Olong’- a bay tribe.

Devlin’s gulch – Devlin arrived from South Africa in the 1840’s and selected acreage adjoining Mortimer’s paddock.

Fairhaven – selected and settled by Mr Lees a Government surveyor who did much of the government surveying in the area.


Gabo island - Captain Cook ( April 20 th 1770 ).One tale, when the local aboriginals were asked, they said ‘gabo” which is generally accepted as the word for island. However, others suggest that the word ‘gabo’ meant that the aboriginals did not understand (the question). Werrenganno was the aboriginal name for Gabo Island when it was joined to the mainland.

Genoa – previously known as “Tinnor” or Genore (aboriginal for foot or track). Some believe Genoa was named after Genoa Jack (a bullock driver), however in Blokes’ “Place Names in

Victoria ” it is stated that it was named to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Genoa in 1873. The dictionary of Aboriginal place names states that the original name was Jinnor.

Gipsy Point – named after the schooner ‘Gipsy’ which was either built or repaired there.

Karbeethong – from an aboriginal word meaning “moon over water” or ‘shining water”.

Kingfisher Point – named after the kingfish (old fisherman’s name for mulloway) that were caught, at times, in this region.

Lawson’s point - named after Chas Lawson who selected the land known as ‘Sunny Corner’, he built a house from bush timber. Buckland’s Jetty is now located here.

Mallacoota - a number of Aboriginal derivations and meanings have been offered. They include “malagoutha” (a word of uncertain meaning), an Aboriginal term for “meeting place” or “come back again” also suggested was that it came from a term meaning “white clay”. An early settler wrote that Mallagootha or Mullagoota (Malla or Mulla meaning ‘good’, gootha or goota meaning ‘water’. Another settler claimed that “malla” meant salt hence”salt water”.

Mallacoota Hotel (East) “Lakeview Hotel” was established on the east side of the inlet between Howe Flat and Allan’s Head in 1882.

Mallacoota Hotel (West) currently in use, established in 1925.

Mirrabooka – according to one of the early residents means “Southern Cross”.

Palmer’s Bank – named after a professional fisherman who first used a net here.

Robertson Bight- named after the original house owner in this area.

Smellies Point – named after James Smellie who with his wife and father settled here in1882.

Spotted Dog Gold Mine –was worked from 1895 – 1899 and produced 899 ounces of gold from 1635 ton of ore. It is reputed to be named after a spotted dog that was killed by a falling tree.

Swimming Point – early settlers used to swim their horses across whilst holding the saddle to visit Lakeview Hotel from this point.

Totem Point – Originally known as Tattam’s or Tatham’s after a pioneer who sank a shaft to look for gold in the area.



Holiday Services




Loch Ard

Map 1 (F8)

5158 0666


Wilderness River Cruises

Map 2 (C9)

5158 8291


Porky Bess

Map 1 (A4)

5158 0109

Coach Tours

Mallacoota Explorer Tours

Map 1 (G3)

5158 0116


Mallacoota Hire Boats

Map 1 (F6)

5158 0704

Kayak Tours

Blue Ocean Sea Kayaking

Map 1 (A3)

0429 028017


Buckland’s Jetty Boat Hire

Map 2 (G5)

0428 580660

Air Service

Mallacoota Air Service

Map 2 (F1)

0408 580806

Gabo Access

Wilderness Coast Charters

Map 1 (C1)

5158 0701



Mallacoota to Genoa Bus service connecting with the V-Line Service.

Operates twice daily on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Tuesdays and Thursdays the bus will leave Mallacoota from the Professional Real Estate Office to Genoa (via Gipsy Point, if required) at 8.25am . Return bus arrives in Mallacoota at 9.40am . And 2.20pm ; back in Mallacoota at 3.35pm .

Sunday depart at 9.00am , back at 10.30am and 3.30pm back at 4.30pm .

Fares $4.20 each way ($2.10 concession)

Book V-Line: - at the Professionals Real Estate. Or The Mallacoota/Genoa Bus at Mallacoota Explorer Tours (5158 0116 or 0408 315 615).

Please note:- The businesses in bold have supported the production of this brochure. We would appreciate it, if you could support them.



 Kiddie activities is a whole new thing:

horse/pony riding?

Do you have bikes? ( we have dedicated bike track around the lake)

Beach walking. Secret Beach has a cave.

Noodles at Lucy's(genuine Chinese Cuisine)

All Bistros & cafes welcome children.

There are usually activities and plays at the Mudbrick over holidays, will foward on any programs I get.


Beaches are fantastic: Betka for sandcastles and a free gas BBQ for a picnic

Bastion Beach to watch Abalone fleet coming and going, surfers. Heaps of shells and rockpools for investigating. (small mesh net in ell grass along lake will bring interesting marine life as well)

We have koalas,HEAPS of kangaroos(try Nauta Terrace late afternoon! or Golf Club) and wallabies,lyrebird walks, wildflowers and the like.

Great places to fly kites. Excellent playground built by Lions Club. Probably a bit young for skateboards or windsurfers? Life jackets provided if you want to go out in a hire boat..or there are cruises to be had on a very comfortable and safe ferry called the "Loch Ard".

Depends on your interests really.

The children may like a morning just at home colouring in or painting!

Might be time to start that craft activity? Plenty of shells, rocks,leaves and the like.

A visit to the Bunkers is interesting: Museum situated in a WW2 bunker(Mallacoota has a huge airport and was strategic in defense)


An hour up the coast gives you Eden Whaling Museum with the history of Whaling in Twofold Bay.Trips on ocean and whale watching in season.

Great fish and chips at the wharf(Nippers)

on to Pambula, historic Village,great sandwiches at the Deli, huge wetlands with seats and walks. Between Merimbula and Pambula, great golf club, oyster bars. Trips on the river and lake on Sinbad. Merimbula, Aquarium at the Wharf, mini Golf and an adventure park. There is also a cinema here.

On to Bega, historic old town with Cheese factory and free tastings, Museum.

If you want to go further there is Candelo,Tilba Tilba and beyond


  Mallacoota Revealed

words - Bernard Clancy

Bernard Clancy takes us on a fishing tour to beautiful Mallacoota on Victoria's far eastern coastline, an area that is, surprisingly, quite often bypassed by tourists and anglers alike

Mallacoota is a well-kept secret from many travellers. The distance from Australia 's two largest capitals and the national capital contributes to this, but the lucky few who stay in the area are soon convinced it's a great part of the coast to fish. We took the TrailerBoat project boat, the Savage 540 Bluewater, to ‘ Coota a few weeks before Christmas. Fishing was the order of the day, every day.

Most people pursue the humble dusky flathead, simply because they can grow to enormous size, they're fun to catch (even sporty on light gear) and one of the best table fish around. These days, a majority of anglers are using soft plastics, though the old timers still swear by the live poddy mullet or prawn. The best fish I've ever caught here - 12lb5oz - was on a hard-bodied lure, but now my preference is plastics.

No one really knows just how big they grow in this lovely environment, but whereas 10-pounders were fairly common a year or two ago, the past season has seen a scarcity of such fish. Drought on land, drought at sea? Never mind, the fishing for all species available here is just fantastic compared to the pro-fishing days.

So what's so special about a common old flathead? Let me tell you, big, dusky flathead in shallow water on light gear are fantastic fun and everyone wants to catch that one big fish. There are two ways you can fish, either wading in shallow water, or from a boat, usually drifting across shallows or using a bow-mount electric motor. Yes, you'll catch these fish in deeper water, but most times you'll find them in the shallows, on the drop-offs and sandbanks, even during high sun times.

Wading across sand flats in knee-high water flicking lures in a fan pattern is total escapism. Your mind is fixed on the lure as it bounces on the bottom, little puffs of sand sending signals to hungry predators.

Let me tell you, it's hard work flicking a lure around for an hour or two. It's guaranteed to make your shoulders ache and give you RSI in the elbows. So you need good, light gear. I'm no expert on fishing gear so get some advice from your local tackle shop, but 3kg line is absolute max. The sporty types fish a lot lighter than that.

Some people use a very light wire leader because, while flathead have only little teeth, they're sharp and will wear through a light line. The argument against wire is that it restricts the movement of the lure and spooks fish. I certainly prefer to set up and fish the way the bream tournament anglers do - if only I was that good!

If you're going to wear waders, be very careful of holes and drop-offs. And whatever you do, don't fish mudflats. They're like quicksand. One good idea to help prevent water ingress into waders if you slip into a hole is to wear a solid, wide leather belt firmly around your middle, outside the waders.

Flick your lure in fairly short casts, quartering ground as you go. Retrieve your line in short, slightly jerky motions so that your lure bounces across the bottom in uneven but not wildly erratic hops. Avoid casting into weed beds, but get as close to them as you can, because fish often lurk in there ready to pounce on anything swimming by.

Weed is a nuisance in this type of fishing, except when you're using weedless hooks, and they're terrific. You can drag your lure through a patch of light weed and snag fish rather than weed. If there's just the slightest trace of weed on your lure, fish will shy off.

Watch your lure. Quite often a fish will follow a lure almost to your feet, curious about the offering you've just made. Yeah, they can be procrastinators too. Sometimes they'll hit hard and fast, sometimes just suck a lure down, almost without moving from where they're buried in the sand. It's not until you give ‘ em a bit of hurry up that they realise they're hooked and take off. 

Their runs are usually short and sharp, so be patient, tire them slowly. Have fun, play a little. Once they're tired they'll come to the net fairly easily. And always net head first.

Take a photo of the big one and return it to the water as quickly and harmlessly as possible. Remember, the big ones are the breeders, so they should be returned, not taken. Be satisfied with a photo. Smaller fish taste better anyhow.

Quite often as you advance slowly over ground, you'll spook a fish quite near and it will explode in a puff of sand before swimming away. Odds are the fish won't swim very far before re-settling back into the sand, so flick your lure out in the direction the fish was heading.

You may also find that you'll spook a small ray in a similar way. That's good news because, for some reason, big flathead and rays tend to hunt in the same areas. Flathead also usually hunt in pairs, so if you catch a large one in an area there's usually another nearby.

As I said earlier, on this trip we took TrailerBoat 's Savage 540 Bluewater cuddy cabin and it was terrific to fish from while drifting across shallows. However, I would have loved an electric on the bow to control drift.

At times the breeze just wouldn't co-operate, particularly along drop-offs and I'm sure we missed some good fish because of this.

It certainly made fishing slower.

One of my favourite spots, the very top of Howe Bight, is shallow and weedy and only fishable with an electric. It's rarely fished and as a consequence, I've seen some absolute monster flathead in this spot.

Everywhere else, though, the Savage was a gem. Its big cockpit gave plenty of fishing room and the walkthrough to the anchor (which we used often) made life very easy.

The best fishing - and the time of the most stable weather - is late summer and autumn. The summer holidays is a time for families, when thousands of holiday makers invade, and while fishing is still good, peace is at a premium.

Much of the lakes system is shallow, so if in a boat, get a map, ask questions, soak up local knowledge and take care. John at the Shell servo, Wayne at the tackle shop and Barry at the lakeside camp park are mines of information. Gear should be light, no more than 3kg inside and 6kg offshore. You may lose a fish or two but you'll have more fun.


When the entrance is open, yellowfin bream are fantastic fun from the top of the tide on the run-out before it gets too strong. Use light gear and a plastic lure or a live nipper under a float and walk down the bank with the tide.

Just inside the entrance, adjacent to the camp park is a shallow delta with islands and sandbars. It's a great area to net prawns at night, and spin for flathead morning and evening. 

Across in Harrison 's Channel you may find some excellent King George whiting. There have always been luderick in the hole under Captain Stephenson's Point (use local rock weed under a float) and the camp park stone walls are also popular with anglers for bream, tailor and flathead. Kids have a ball catching large yakkas , mullet and leatherjackets at the main wharf. Some large flathead have been hooked here too.

Moving around the channel into the Bottom Lake past Rabbit Island is a popular spot for flathead and bream between the channel markers right around the major white channel light in the lake, called John Bull. Directly ahead, the Goodwin Sands is ideal country for stalking large flathead on foot and to the right is Howe Bight.

Behind the Goodwin Sands is another large stretch of water which features well known picnic spots such as Cemetery Bight and Allan Head, both of which have produced good fish.

The Narrows is a mini river linking the Top and Bottom lakes, and is popular with people who like deep water. It can be fished from boat or bank and some huge mulloway have been taken from the deep holes here, especially at night. Anecdotally the number of mulloway in the system is increasing nicely and you'll do well to catch one of these great fighting fish on 3kg!

As you move through the Narrows to the Top Lake , you're getting more into bream territory, although Palmer's Bank, a very large, shallow mudbank , is a top flathead spinning spot. Double Creek to the left is navigable for quite some distance and good bream fishing can be had right to its end. This can also be accessed by a walking track from the road into Mallacoota.

From the Top Lake , you move into the wide, peaceful Genoa River and there are plenty of spots to try here, especially around Cape Horn where both mudbanks and very deep holes opposite the picnic spot have produced some excellent fish over the years.

Next stop is Gipsy Point and the confluence of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh , the major rivers which feed Mallacoota Inlet. There's good fishing in both, particularly black bream, but you need to pick your way through the shallows.

Gipsy Point has long been famous for its bream fishing. Big dusky flathead can also be taken on a sandbank opposite Gipsy and in other shallow, muddy backwaters in the area.

The Wallagaraugh is navigable but shallow for some kilometres past the Bullring, but good for bream to the falls.

The Betka River, which is down the coast a couple of kilometres, is renowned for its bream, estuary perch and bass, although it's been some years since big bags or large fish were taken from this river. It's navigable in a tinnie or canoe, but very shallow and if you want to travel upstream, you may have to push yourself over sandbars in the lower reaches. Up higher it narrows and deepens beautifully with lots of snags which all species love.

Down the coast (15km) on a dirt track is Shipwreck Creek, the first of a number of rivers, streams and beaches in the national park that are tough to get to, but produce magnificent bream.

Good sized salmon and tailor are available along the beaches, especially at Big Beach , Tip, Betka and Quarry Beaches . Bastion Point in calm weather is great for rock fishing, particularly a small cove between the ocean boat ramp and the point where there is good King George and sand whiting.

To get offshore you use the atrocious ocean ramp at Bastion Point or, if the entrance is navigable, go through there. Don't use either before seeking local advice because both can be dangerous.

I remember the old days when we'd catch 100 sandy flathead between Gabo Island (15kms to the east but only 500m offshore) and Tullaberga Island . They're still there, but not as prolific and not as big. You should also get gummies and closer to Gabo, kingfish. The island reefs are prolific with wrasses, leatherjackets, red morwong, snapper, cod and the odd surprise or two.

For pelagic fishermen, salmon and tailor will take silver wobblers close to the beaches and offshore. During summer, there are a number of tunas, mainly the common stripey . The oddly-named New Zealand Star Banks, to the west, are famous for yellowfin tuna, barracouta and seals. This is very sharp, reefy country and safe only in calm weather.

Marlin have also been caught, mainly along a fault line east of Gabo Island in about 50 fathoms.

If going offshore, check with the Mallacoota Coastguard. Weather at the top of Bass Strait can be unpredictable and turn nasty quite quickly.

So there you have it, to my mind, one of the best fishing spots in the country, and all surrounded by national park. I can't wait to get back



Path How-To


Article by Jamie Johnson ( Watch )
Posted :  16/03/07 11:00:00 (Australia/Sydney)
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from Blacksmiths, NSW

This "How To" - Prawning - A Beginners Guide, was inspired by a question on here, in one of the forums a while ago,(Prawning Around Sydney). While not being an expert on the subject, hopefully I can share enough information to get people started.

Prawning is a fun activity for the whole family. During the summer months Lake Macquarie and predominantely Swansea Channel become very busy with family's and friends out to get themselves a feed of fresh Prawns. There are a couple of ways to catch yourself a feed of fresh prawns, with alot of people prefering to wade the shallows. If you dont like to get your feet wet you can also sit on a jetty or pontoon that is out in the main current and take your chances with what the current brings to you.

The 4 or 5 days around the new moon are the best time to prawn. Pick a night when the tide will be starting to run out a few hours after dark. Once the tide starts to run out, its time to start prawning. How long the run lasts, is totally dependant on the month, night, wind and of course how the prawns feel. You cant do much if their not there, just move around a little until you find the thickest line of them. This may require you to move a few times at different stages of the tide.

Prawns I am told are the same as crab, in that the best months for them are any month with a "r" in it, septembeR through to apRil.



My method of prawning is to anchor just outside the channel and netting the prawns from the surface as they float by on the surface as they move out to sea on the outgoing tide.

Prawn holding onto Weed

Prawn Holding onto weed (Note the red glowing eyes).

The most important factor to a succesful prawning trip is to anchor on a weed line as the weed is what the prawns hold onto for cover and protection from preditors while they move out to sea.

If the main weed line is in the channel you can use your motor or electric motor to move through the channel with one person driving, looking out for other boat traffic, while another person or person's scoop the prawns. But do not anchor in the channel as this is a navigation hazard and you can be fined by the NSW waterways. Or worse still, be involved in an accident.

As the prawns are coming towards you if you shine your lights on the water just infront of the boat you can see the prawns eyes glowing red (As can be seen in one of the pictures here abouts).

There are some different lights available to buy from tackle stores for prawning, including ones similar to the ones I have made but if you can get your hands on some of the gear cheaply they are easy enough to make.

Prawning Hat

Prawning Hat

Prawning Helmet

Prawning Helmets

Prawning Helmet Light

Prawning Helmet Light

My Helmets consist of a Miners Helmet (They have the mounting bracket already on them), a baked Bean tin, a low voltage down Light (they fit in the Baked Bean tin perfect), and enough cable to enable free movement around the boat. A 12 volt coupler wired about 300mm from the end of the cable to give an alternative power source, and 2 bulldog clips on the end to clamp straight onto my prawning battery. (I run a seperate car battery just for prawning but the 12 volt plugs give me the option of running them of 1 of the boat batteries).

Bracket For Miners Helmet

Bracket For Miners Helmet

Baked Bean Tin

Baked Bean Tin, Low Voltage Down Light, Miners Helmet

Wiring Into Back Of Tin Onto Low Voltage Down Light Globe

Wiring Into Back Of Tin Onto Low Voltage Down Light Globe

I also include a 12 volt plug wired into the end of the cable so I can run my light's on a ordinary car battery with the bulldog clamps or if the battery goes flat and I can still run my prawning light on one of my boat batteries.

12 Volt Connector

12 Volt Connector

Alternative connector

Alternative connector

I dont have to worry about flatteniong my boat battery and not being able to get home as I have dual batteries in my boat. So long as my battery isolator is'nt set to "both" I still have the other battery to get home on if I flatten one while prawning.

Alternative connector for 12 volt outlet

Alternative connector for 12 volt outlet

12 Volt Plug In My Boat

12 Volt Plug In My Boat

In addition to a Prawning light you will need a few other things. Prawning nets, a bucket or 2 to keep the prawns in once you catch them, some glove, BBQ tongs and when you get home something to cook them in.

Prawning nets are relitively cheep. All your local tackle stores should have them. Check with them while your there on the legal length of the handles. You want the most reach you can get as the prawns seem to come down just out of reach everytime.

If your scooping prawns that are to small they will simply fall throught the net when you lift it out of the water. Take it from me if there falling through dont be to worried as when there cooked up they shrink even further and these small prawns are hardly worth peeling when their that small.

You dont need to lift your net out of the water and empty it every time you get a prawn, any that are of a reasonable size will stay in the net. I simply leave the tail of the net resting on the surface with the rim (opening) of the net out of the water to stop any of them from flicking back out of the net. Emptying the net after every prawn simply wastes time with your net in the water and while your emptying it more prwns are floating past. Empty the net only when you need to as the drag from the current is getting to much, or there is a break in the eyes that you can see coming towards you.

All You Need To Get Started

All You Need To Get Started

Once you have caught enough prawns (maximum legal limit in NSW -10Lt bucket - I have never caught that many or anywhere near that) you need to sort your catch, for this you will need a pair of gloves. The gloves are to protect you from anything dangerous that you may have inadvertantly caught, such as Blue ringed octopuses and Fortesques. What is a Fortesque? I here you ask. A fortesque is a small fish that is very common when prawning as they also like to live in the weed that the prawns hide in on their way out to sea. A picture I took can be found with this article. While my picture is'nt very clear, these small fish have a powerful punch and will have you in alot of pain if they prick you with their spines, of which they have many. Sometimes you get lots of them sometimes you dont get many, just be careful as being stung by one of these fella's will see you haveing a day or 2 off work before you feel well again.You need to be careful when emptying your net each time that you dont grab one of these guys stuck in your net, this is the most likely time you will get stung.



As for Blue Ringed Occy's they are very rare to catch when prawning, but you wont get over a bite one of these guys, they are poisonous and should never be touched. This is the reason some people like to sort their catch from the sea weed with a pair of tongs.



After sorting your prawns from all the weed and other stuff you netted, its time to cook them. I do this by getting a large pot, half filling it with water and add salt to make it the same consistency as sea water. I have been told formulas to do this such as, so many tablespoons/cups per liter of water, but I find the best way is to taste it till it taste right to you. Bring the water to the boil and add the prawns. You may need to do the prawns in 2 or 3 batch's, as to many prawns will bring the temperature of the water down too much and the water will take too long to come back on the boil.

When you add the prawns it wont take long for them to cook, I wait for them to start float (usually 2 minutes depending on the temperature of the water), and then give them another 60 seconds. Then scoop them back out and put them staight on ice, add a handful of rock or sea salt and put them straight in the fridge. Give them an hour to chill and then their ready to eat.

Prawns In A Bucket

Prawns In A Bucket


Tips on car travel with small children

By Holly Davis

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Tips on car travel with small children accompanying image

"Are we there yet?"

Now is the season for family holidays, car trips and picnics under the sun.

Planning the route you will travel can alleviate any stress about getting lost on the way, and getting the vehicle checked for roadworthiness is also a good idea. I lay a blanket over the back seat to collect any debris from snacking in the car, which is easily shaken out at the end of the trip, and add a doona for getting cosy. We always travel with our own pillows; they make any foreign bed feel more like home.

Travelling through the night can be a great option if you have young children who will easily sleep in their seats. It is important to stop often, and to make sure you are well rested before setting off; or better still, share the driving.

I pack our travelling drinks and food separately to picnic meals for easy access, and fill individual water bottles so we can see how much we are drinking and to avoid spillages. I also squeeze some lemon juice in each of our water bottles, as this makes the water taste more appealing to children and also helps counteract any nausea from motion sickness. Another trick I’ve learned is to freeze my daughter India ’s water bottle along with the freezer bricks needed to keep our picnic food fresh. She enjoys cold water, and is entertained by it melting along the way.

In cooler weather, it’s a good idea to heat several small thermos flasks with boiling water before filling them with warm soup or casseroles and hot drinks, as they stay hot longer if pre-warmed and unopened. On a cold day a roadside stop for soup and crusty bread or a warm stew is most welcome, and I don’t like to go too long without a hot cup of tea.

A garbage bag for rubbish, and a damp cloth or two in a plastic bag for spills can be very useful, as can a change of clothes and a toothbrush kept within easy reach.

Beating boredom

To manage my own frustration at frequent cries of ‘are we nearly there?’ (which used to start at the end of our driveway) I let India know the length of the journey before we leave home. When she was too young to relate to time, I told her we would be travelling for one sleep, or until after dinner for example, which seemed to make a difference.

Dealing with boredom is another common problem. When children say they are bored, my response is: ‘Fantastic, what game will you invent now? Let me know when you have come up with something’. Children are incredibly imaginative when it comes to inventing new games that will interest them. Rather than give them toys and electronic gadgets, may I suggest you give them this chance to be bored, and let them create their own entertainment. A favourite game of ours is called ‘I went shopping and I bought…’ The idea is to keep adding items, and the next person must repeat the list exactly, before adding theirs.

Travelling is an opportunity for long chats, so I try to minimise the amount of time we spend wearing headphones. These can be great though, since our taste in music is fairly disparate and I like to listen to music if I am driving through the night. Talking books and educational tapes are another good method for keeping children entertained.

Packed with goodness

What to eat and where to eat it are key factors when on the road. I believe plenty of variety is important; when packing meals, include lots of choices of healthy, nutritious foods with a smattering of treats and sweets. If you have more than one child it may be worth pre-packing individual paper bags of snacks for the car. Put their names on these to avoid confusion or give them a different colour each – this alleviates possible squabbles associated with sharing.

Suitable snacks include homemade trail mix, which is more- ish and nutritious. Simply combine nuts and dried fruits you know they like – cut the fruit in small pieces, and try adding chopped strips of nori (sheets of dried seaweed) with toasted sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds toasted in tamari .

Naturally colourful foods offer a wide range of nutrients and appeal to children, so pack fresh fruit salads or cut vegetables for dipping in hummus or a spread. Popped corn or dry-roasted brown rice are also fun for nibbling on.

I like to give them little things they can pick at, and that take a while to eat. Spillages do happen, but a car is easily cleaned and it’s another good reason not to give them too much sticky stuff. Crackers, biscuits and a lot of starchy foods may cause constipation. So, if your kids will eat them, pack salads, vegetable dishes and wholegrain snacks, and keep biscuits, cakes and crackers as treats. Keep an eye on your children’s water intake, and carry a couple of litres a day for each person.

Sweet treats

Excess sugar, in all its forms and guises, is the enemy of happy travel and settled children. Treats are important though – find something they love, and you are happy to give them. I make biscuits, muffins and cakes, but have found something in a store-bought wrapper still has particular appeal. I buy a bar or two of the best-quality chocolate before we leave. I introduced my daughter to dark chocolate early on, as it has the least amount of sugar – and because I like it best. The trick is to keep it well under wraps, until I deem the time is right. On the freeway this is often just after a fuel stop. The chocolate lures young ones back to the car and away from the colourful temptations on offer at petrol stations and the like.

Pleasant picnics

You will need frequent breaks to rest, stretch your legs and to eat your picnic, so look for pleasant bush rest areas with amenities. Encourage the children to run about and play while they can. When picnicking, deter critters by drawing a chalk circle around each dish, or by sprinkling talcum powder on the ground around the picnic blanket – ants dislike the feel and smell of chalk and talc, and won’t cross the line. Lighting citronella candles will ward off bothersome flies and mosquitoes.

Picnic lunches during my childhood included classics such as egg mayonnaise, corned beef or cheese sandwiches and maybe Scotch eggs or Mum’s favourite – coronation chicken, which consisted of chicken pieces in a curried mayonnaise with roasted slivered almonds – very 1970s! By the time I was a teenager, quiche had become very popular, as well as yoghurt. I still preferred Mum’s criss-cross jam tartlets and her egg and bacon pies, which have inspired my own bacon and egg tartlets.

Bacon and egg tartlets freeze fantastically, and you can pack them frozen to thaw as you travel. Simply roll out little squares of shortcrust pastry (you could buy pre-made if you wish) and line 24 small muffin tins. Whip up 12 organic eggs with a litre of cream, and season with salt, pepper and a good pinch of nutmeg. Fry six rashers of organic bacon and coarsely chop. Finely chop a bunch of chives and divide, along with the bacon, among the pastry cases. Fill with the egg mixture to half a centimetre below the top, and bake at 220˚C for 10 to 15 minutes or until set and golden brown. A good timesaving tip is to cook extras and freeze them for your next trip.

Other healthy snacks I like to make include fresh nori rolls and musubi , the Japanese equivalent of a sandwich. Meaning rice bowl, musubi are made from short-grain brown or white rice pressed into a triangular mould (available from Japanese supermarkets). A dent is made in the centre, and is filled with either umeboshi plum paste (available from health-food stores) or tuna, before the triangle is wrapped in half a sheet of toasted nori . This stops the rice from drying out and keeps it fresh to eat all day. Iku Wholefood makes an assortment of organic, natural items that pack very well into picnics and lunch boxes, including musubi , tofu pockets, Iku rice balls and rice paper wraps . Any leftovers are probably best thrown out on arrival, unless you know it has stayed cool for the entire journey. 

Motion sickness

It is the job of our inner ears to maintain our balance; they do so by organising information received from all our senses and relaying this to the brain. Motion sickness occurs when the eyes and ears send different signals, such as our eyes sensing movement while the inner ears register stillness.

Symptoms include turning pale, feeling light-headed, disorientation, nausea and vomiting. By focusing on an image that is static, such as the horizon, we may be able to prevent this. Reading while travelling in a car is a common cause of motion sickness, as while we sit still looking down at the book our peripheral vision picks up movement. If you need to, or wish to read, stay in a position so that the book is at your eye level, and block out any movement in your peripheral vision.

Patience is a valuable virtue when it comes to travelling, and hopefully you will maintain your cool and arrive at your destination ready for a thoroughly fun-filled family affair and a well-deserved rest. Whether lush greenery or the sun, sand and the surf await you, or perhaps a dryer part of our sunburned land – wherever you go, may the return journey be a breeze.

Photography: Sam McAdam . Styling: Jo Carmichael.

Published in Notebook: Magazine

Issue: January 2007

Kiddie activities is a whole new thing:

horse/pony riding?

Do you have bikes? ( we have dedicated bike track around the lake)

Beach walking. Secret Beach has a cave.

Noodles at Lucy's(genuine Chinese Cuisine)

All Bistros & cafes welcome children.

There are usually activities and plays at the Mudbrick over holidays, will foward on any programs I get.


Beaches are fantastic: Betka for sandcastles and a free gas BBQ for a picnic

Bastion Beach to watch Abalone fleet coming and going, surfers. Heaps of shells and rockpools for investigating. (small mesh net in ell grass along lake will bring interesting marine life as well)

We have koalas,HEAPS of kangaroos(try Nauta Terrace late afternoon! or Golf Club) and wallabies,lyrebird walks, wildflowers and the like.

Great places to fly kites. Excellent playground built by Lions Club. Probably a bit young for skateboards or windsurfers? Life jackets provided if you want to go out in a hire boat..or there are cruises to be had on a very comfortable and safe ferry called the "Loch Ard".

Depends on your interests really.

The children may like a morning just at home colouring in or painting!

Might be time to start that craft activity? Plenty of shells, rocks,leaves and the like.

A visit to the Bunkers is interesting: Museum situated in a WW2 bunker(Mallacoota has a huge airport and was strategic in defense)


An hour up the coast gives you Eden Whaling Museum with the history of Whaling in Twofold Bay.Trips on ocean and whale watching in season.

Great fish and chips at the wharf(Nippers)

on to Pambula, historic Village,great sandwiches at the Deli, huge wetlands with seats and walks. Between Merimbula and Pambula, great golf club, oyster bars. Trips on the river and lake on Sinbad. Merimbula, Aquarium at the Wharf, mini Golf and an adventure park. There is also a cinema here.

On to Bega, historic old town with Cheese factory and free tastings, Museum.

If you want to go further there is Candelo,Tilba Tilba and beyond


Notes on traveling with pets

You should ask:

Is the house fenced?

Are pets allowed inside?

Is there an extra charge for pets?

Are there dog beds?

Any bowls? ( not recommended, due to the likelihood of transmitting diseases)

Local Vet? (100 km away at Eden, Eden & Pambula Vet Clinic


Mon-Fir 8.30-5.30 pm

Saturday 9-12

Emergency 0264961252 or Pambula 0264957873


Eden 02649 1252

Pambula 02649 57873

Bring a name tag with holiday address and mobile phone number.

Update vaccinations and pack essentials such as tick/flea and worm treatments, other relevant medications,

Toys,doggie excrement bags, leads, collars.

It is a fair way to Mallacoota, you will need to stop every few hours. This will make your 6 hour journey a bit longer!!

Don’t forget we are in a tick area here, also that during the summer by-laws restrict the movements of dogs on some of our beaches.

There are no animals permitted in the National Parks, but we have lots of good walks, including a new walking track around our beautiful lake.

TICKS  refer to Gallery page

The following places are happy to take well-behaved pets

Banksia Flats(no fences)

Bastion Beach (fenced)

Blue House(no fences)

Chandra Beach(no fences)

Coota Views(upstairs balcony has gate)

Mallamere(fenced back and side yard)

Mallacoota Views(top balcony has gate)

Portnahaven(fenced backyard)

Raheen(no fences, balcony has gate)

Sylvan Waters(fenced back area)

Tambaroora(no fences)

TigNaMara(fenced back yard)

Wigepa(Morelands)(no fences)

Mudbrick Pole House(John Roy)(no fences)

$200.00 dog bond applies to all properties

Information on Pets in Mallacoota after the photo.

Shire By Laws

Dogs (or cats for that matter!)are not permitted into the National Parks.

First and foremost, national Parks have been established to protect Australias'wildlife. With the possible exception of dingoes, dogs are not indigenous to Australia, and our wildlife is not adapted to living with them. Even if your dog is on a lead and very obedient, its barking and scent is enough.

There are many areas outside the Park where dogs can go, refer By-Laws re:beaches Bastion Point and Betka no dogs 1st Nov-30th April, othertimes on leads only.