Croajingolong National Park is situated along the Victorian coast just South of the New South Wales border. Named after the Aboriginal people who lived in the area the Park caters for campers, hikers and fisherman. The highlight of the park are the massive sand dunes that are located inland from the Point Hicks Lighthouse on the Thurra River.
Parks Victoria Website
The Park host many native birds, marsupials and reptiles. Kookaburras are usually seen early in the morning or late afternoon and are always scavenging for a free feed, make sure your food is well hidden. The Park is also home to many reptiles, when camping in the park make sure your rubbish is hung up high above the ground otherwise you may find one of the Parks many Goanna’s rummaging through your rubbish.
The Beaches & Coastline
The coastal beaches in Croajingolong are pristine and the granite rock formations are a stunning contract to the beautiful blue of the water. Many hours can be spent combing the beaches, rocks and dunes for trinkets washed ashore, or remnants from the occasional ship that’s come to grief on the rock just off the coast.
The light house is worth a visit, it’s only a short walk from the camping ground and is open to the public, the views from the top landing are spectacular! The Point Hicks Light House Cottages are available as guest accommodation and would make a great place to stay on a cold winters night. Contact details of the Light House caretaker can be found at the link above.
One of the most popular walks with visitor is the walk to the 30m plus, inland sand dunes. There are two ways to reach the dunes, one via the car park in the camping ground, the other is to walk directly up the Thurra River to the base of the main dune. The route up the Thurra is a little tricky as last time we were there the river was choked with reeds. Once you reach the top of these mammoth dunes you’re treated to spectacular views both inland and out to sea. Remember to take plenty of water with you as the walk can be rather strenuous.
Coastal walks are also popular with hikers, many start at Shipwreck Creek just South of Mallacoota and walk to the Point Hicks Lighthouse. Other walks include the coastal walk to Wingan Inlet, Clinton’s Rocks Beach “well worth a visit and can be accessed by 4WD” and the Mueller Inlet walk.
One of our favorite places in the Park is Mueller inlet. The Inlet is tidal except when a sandbar forms across the its entrance as it so often does. The Mueller campsites are scattered in amongst the scrub, most are only suited for small tents however there are a few that will accommodated camper trailers or larger tents. Having the inlet at your back door step is a treat, you have an uninterrupted view across the inlet to the ocean and can moor your kayak or fish from your backdoor.
The lake is also popular with Kayakers, when the inlets water level is up, you can spend a good part of the day exploring the inlet and the river that feeds it. Be sure to take your camera, as on a still morning the reflections on inlets tannin stained waters are amazing.
As the Park is a National Park flora and fauna in the Park is not to be removed. Taking pictures of shells, vegetation, rocks and surroundings will ensure that you will always have documented proof of the wonders of Croajingolong