Croajingolong

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesBombala
FinishBombala
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Camper Bike 
Distance434.82 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed77.38 km/hr
Travel Time5 hrs 37 mins
Page Updated: 9 Mar 2010

Description

Croajingolong is one of Australia’s finest National Parks and extends from Sydenham Inlet to the NSW border, covering an area of 87,500 hectares. Croajingolong National Park in Far East Gippsland is located approximately 450km east of Melbourne and 500km south of Sydney. It is home to a vast array of indigenous plants such and animals with 52 mammal species, 26 reptile species and 306 species of birds have been recorded. The park is an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts and boasts unspoilt natural beauty and remoteness.

There are some excellent camping areas set amongst unspoilt coastal terrain here. The sounds of the surf will lull you to sleep and there are various walking trails and attractions to enjoy. The roads to Wingan Inlet, Mueller Inlet and Shipwreck Creek campgrounds are unsealed and not suitable for caravans.

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Environment

Throughout the park you will find remote beaches, forests, heathland, rainforests, estuaries, estuaries, grantie peaks and sand dunes. There is an abundance of possums, glinders and bats among many other birds and mammals. Over 1000 species of native plants as well as over 300 bird species can be found at Croajingolong National Park.

History

In 1770, Point Hicks was Captain Cook's first sighting of the east coast of Australia. It wasn't until the 1830's that the European settlers and pastoralists arrived. By the 1850's most of the good land was occupied by these pastoralists.

Two national parks around Mallacoota and Wingan Inlet were set aside in the 1900's. Then in 1970 Captain Cook National Park was established at Point Hicks. In 1979, all of these parks were combined and the area enlarged to form the current Croajingolong National Park.

Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

If travelling during school holidays, camping spots will need to be booked ahead of travelling.

Permits

Some parks require campers to obtain camping permits. These permits can be purchased from the local Park Visitor Centre or obtained at the campgrounds. In these parks, site availablility is on a first come, first serve basis.

Parks such as Croajingolong National Park requires advance bookings for summer, Easter and other holidays. For camping at Croajingolong including Wingan Inlet, Thurra River and Shipwreck Creek, Lower Glenelg, Snowy River (McKillop Bridge) and the Lakes National Parks, Gippsland Lakes (Paradise Beach) and Discovery Bay (Swan Lake) Coastal Parks:
Sites per night (maximum number of persons per site - 6) Normal rates - $10.50, Off Season Rates and School Groups - $7.80, Additional Vehicle per site per night - $4.20
Advance booking essential during school holidays. Minimum 1 week stay in peak periods.
Apply to Mallacoota Parks Victoria Office phone: (03) 5161 9500 for Tamboon Inlet, Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek and Peach Tree Camp.

For details on Croajingolong National Park (including campsite bookings) and other Victorian National Parks and Reserves contact the Parks Victoria Information Line on: 13 1963.
You can also visit our website at: Parks Victoria

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 94 litres *4cyl 70 litres4cyl 87 litres
6cyl 67 litres6cyl 79 litres6cyl 77 litres
8cyl 67 litres8cyl 72 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Most tracks are closed from 1st June to 31st October, although some may be closed earlier.

Closest Climatic Station

Bombala (Therry Street)
Distance from Trek Mid Point 0.21km W
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C25.525.022.618.514.711.511.012.715.818.821.223.8
Mean Min. °C10.310.58.65.22.0-0.2-1.2-0.22.24.76.98.8
Mean Rain mm63.259.160.344.943.459.846.140.244.155.264.363.6
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

Bombala to Lakeview
Driving: 14.42 km
Heading: 170°
Avg Speed: 96.9 km/hr
EST Time: 08:55
Lakeview to The Mill
Driving: 9.33 km
Heading: 156°
Avg Speed: 106.41 km/hr
EST Time: 05:15
The Mill to Monaro Hwy & Imlay Rd
Driving: 5.07 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 88.81 km/hr
EST Time: 03:25
Monaro Hwy & Imlay Rd to Chandlers Creek
Driving: 27.5 km
Heading: 203°
Avg Speed: 98.91 km/hr
EST Time: 16:40
Chandlers Creek to Mealing Hill
Driving: 22.03 km
Heading: 108°
Avg Speed: 39.57 km/hr
EST Time: 33:24
Mealing Hill to Wingan Inlet
Driving: 71.72 km
Heading: 166°
Avg Speed: 47.64 km/hr
EST Time: 01:30:19
Wingan Inlet to Genoa
Driving: 80.72 km
Heading: 16°
Avg Speed: 45.56 km/hr
EST Time: 01:46:18
Genoa to Mallacoota
Driving: 21.96 km
Heading: 123°
Avg Speed: 74.35 km/hr
EST Time: 17:43
Mallacoota to Shipwreck Creek
Driving: 18.33 km
Heading: 208°
Avg Speed: 40.36 km/hr
EST Time: 27:14
Shipwreck Creek to Mallacoota
Driving: 18.33 km
Heading: 28°
Avg Speed: 40.36 km/hr
EST Time: 27:14
Mallacoota to Genoa
Driving: 21.96 km
Heading: 303°
Avg Speed: 74.35 km/hr
EST Time: 17:43
Genoa to Maramingo
Driving: 1.14 km
Heading: 346°
Avg Speed: 78.26 km/hr
EST Time: 00:52
Maramingo to Princes Hwy & Imlay Rd
Driving: 35.75 km
Heading: 40°
Avg Speed: 98.43 km/hr
EST Time: 21:47
Princes Hwy & Imlay Rd to Monaro Hwy & Imlay Rd
Driving: 57.74 km
Heading: 286°
Avg Speed: 93.51 km/hr
EST Time: 37:02
Monaro Hwy & Imlay Rd to The Mill
Driving: 5.07 km
Heading: 349°
Avg Speed: 88.81 km/hr
EST Time: 03:25
The Mill to Lakeview
Driving: 9.33 km
Heading: 336°
Avg Speed: 106.41 km/hr
EST Time: 05:15
Lakeview to Bombala
Driving: 14.42 km
Heading: 350°
Avg Speed: 96.9 km/hr
EST Time: 08:55
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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