I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
M is for Mallacoota, a small seaside town in Gippsland, at the easternmost point of Victoria. The permanent population is about 1000 but this grows hugely in the summer holiday period. Mallacoota is the last town on the east coast before the NSW border.
Mallacoota is known for it’s abalone fishing, national parks, and beautiful beaches and surrounds. It is a perfect and popular holiday spot for boating, fishing, walking, hiking and surfing.
Mallacoota, due to it’s pristine environment, is well known for it’s many species of birdlife.
There are many walking trails, in and around the town, both beach trails and bushland hiking tracks.The Croajingolong National Park surrounds Mallacoota and is considered to be a unique wilderness area, as described below . (source: visitmallacoota.com.au) This area is extremely popular for bushwalking and birdwatching.
“In 2008, the unique aspects of the un-spoilt wilderness coastline of Croajingolong National Park were listed by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve; this helped ensure the recognition of the region by Tourism Australia within the National Landscapes Program as Australia’s Coastal Wilderness. At 87,500ha, Croajingolong National Park is one of Victoria’s larger parks featuring 100km of beautiful undeveloped coastline.
Mallacoota’s existence began in the 1830s when settlers began to arrive. In the 1880s, when commercial fishing started to take-off, tourists began to arrive to the area. Gold was discovered in 1894, further increasing the population, temporarily”
The historic Gabo lighthouse is situated on Gabo Island, off the shore of Mallacoota.