CROAJINGOLONG NATIONAL PARK
This area is one of only 12 world bioshpere reserves in Australia.
The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves covers internationally-designated protected areas, of which there are around 560 zones in 110 countries around the globe. These Reserves demonstrate a balanced relationship between man and nature in what is sustainable development.
Croajingolong National Park and neighbouring Nadgee Nature Reserve are
collectively classified as a World Biosphere Reserve – one of only12 in
all of Australia. In the Park it's possible to do 4WD touring, camping, fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, bird watching.
More than 1000 species of native plants have been recorded in the Park, including 90 varieties of orchids.
It's possible to visit Croajingolong National Park at any time of the
year, but most of the interesting 4WD tracks are closed mid-June to
late-October, for what is Bass Strait's 'wet season'. Fallen trees and
branches can block tracks after storms and periods of heavy rain. Parks
Victoria has adopted a policy of employing resident caretakers in the
Park and we found this arrangement worked well during our last visit: we
called the caretaker on our satphone and he came quickly to saw up a
fallen tree that was blocking a main track.
Our suggested route through Croajingolong National Park starts at the hamlet of Cann River, where it’s possible to top up fuel and buy limited supplies. A softroader can manage the main tracks in the Park, but high ground clearance is necessary for secondary tracks.
At Cann River township Tamboon Road is clearly signposted to Croajingolong National Park. There is a right turn off this road to a boat ramp on the Cann River at Furnell Landing and another to Peachtree Creek Reserve and Tamboon Inlet. The road becomes Point Hicks Road and leads to Thurra River and Mueller Inlet.
From the end of this road our route retraces tracks as far as the Cicada Trail turnoff to the east. This track meanders through woodland and crosses several gullies on its way to intersect with the West Wingan Road. A right turn leads down to Wingan Inlet.
From the inlet the route runs back up West Wingan Road to a right turn onto Wingan Link Road, followed by a sharp hook right onto Rocky Ridge Track, which turns to run east along the edge of the Sandpatch Wilderness Area as far as the intersection with Stony Peak Road. A right turn here and a second right turn onto Betka Track lead to Shipwreck Creek.
From this coastal spot the Centre Track runs east to Betka Road and Mallacoota, where there are fuel, supplies and accommodation. The Mallacoota Genoa Road links up with the Princes Highway at Genoa.
Designated campsites are at Bemm River, Peachtree Creek Reserve, Thurra River, Mueller Inlet, Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota Inlet, where National Parks camping fees apply.
Boat ramps at Karbeethong, Mallacoota, Gipsy Point, Bemm River and Furnell Landing make boating popular and canoe launching is possible at these places, plus at Peachtree Creek, Mueller Inlet and, Wingan Inlet.
Canoeing ranges from narrow river and creek streams to estuaries and even ocean kayaking.
Fishing is permitted, except inside the marine parks at Point Hicks and Cape Howe.
Walks vary from short strolls to lookouts up to the Wilderness Coast
Walk that extends some 100km, between Sydenham Inlet and Wonboyn in the
Nadgee Nature Reserve. A booking service prevents overcrowding on this
Parks Victoria Information Centre 13 1963
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