Croajingolong National Park


Croajingolong National Park
Croajingolong National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Nearest town/city Mallacoota
Area 875 km²
Established 1979
Managing authorities Parks Victoria
Official site Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong is a coastal national park in Victoria, Australia, 427 kilometres east of Melbourne.The name is thought to derive from the aboriginal word Krowathunkooloong, the name of the tribe inhabiting that area of Victoria.

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Description

The park is linear in shape and bordered on the southern side by the Pacific Ocean, the western side by Bemm River and the eastern side by the township of Mallacoota. Its northern boundary consists of dense bushland and low hills. The dimensions of the park are approximately 80 km by 20 km, with an area of 875 km2. The 100 km Wilderness Coast Walk stretches the entire length of the park along beaches, through heathland and round rocky headlands.

Environment

Croajingolong National Park, with the adjoining Nadgee Nature Reserve in New South Wales, forms one of only 12 World Biosphere areas in Australia.[1] It contains ecosystems, habitats and gene pools that are managed sustainably. The park encloses the Sandpatch Wilderness Area and is contiguous with the Cape Howe Wilderness Area and the Nadgee Nature Reserve.

Important Bird Area

The eastern section of the park lies within the Nadgee to Mallacoota Inlet Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it supports populations of Eastern Bristlebirds and Pilotbirds as well as other significant fauna.[2]

Visitor attractions

Popular destinations within the park include:

  • Point Hicks and its lighthouse
  • Tamboon Inlet resort town
  • Spectacular sand dunes at Thurra River
  • Lake Elusive near Wingan Inlet
  • Mount Everard.
  • Rame Head

Facilities

Popular camping spots exist at Thurra River, Mueller Inlet and Wingan Inlet. Nearby towns are Mallacoota, Genoa, Cann River, Bemm River and Orbost.

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See also

  • Protected areas of Victoria (Australia)

References

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Coordinates: 37°27′36″S 149°47′35″E / 37.46°S 149.79306°E / -37.46; 149.79306


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