Croajingolong

Where: Croajingolong National Park, East Gippsland
Permits: None
Costs: National park camping fees apply. Different rates for each campground ranging from ($20-23)
Difficulty: Easy gravel tracks which may get a little boggy after rain
Days required to do it justice: 3+days

‘Croajingolong’….hard to say, hard to spell and a place I’d never heard of before. But that’s the beauty of travelling as we are just now. We saw this national park on the map, sitting just off the Princes Highway in south-east Victoria, and it looked like a welcome break from the bitumen. We were also hoping the temperatures near the sea might be a bit warmer than those on the nearby Snowy Mountains.

This park is an absolute gem. The campsites are right near the sea, there’s more 4WD tracks than you can shake a stick at, enough bushwalks to satisfy all levels of walkers and a bit of history  thrown in for good measure. Captain Cook spotted and named part of his  coast (Point Hicks) in 1770 and people say its changed little since those days. I’d have to agree.

Croajingolong

Croajingolong

One of the most pristine and beautiful beaches I’ve seen on our travels is accessible via the Point Hicks Lighthouse walking trail. The beach got its name after a lighthouse keeper in the 1950’s who, being unable to leave his post for his honeymoon, built a shack on the end of the beach for himself and his new wife. Shortly after this she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and spent the rest of her days living in the shack painting the beauty around her.

Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay

We started our trip in Orbost, headed down the Marlo road and then using the HEMA followed the tracks in and around Croajingalong. All up there’s only about 2km of bitumen to travel along, near the town of Cann River. The rest is gravel 4WD tracks taking you through some fantastic old and new growth forests as well as along the coastline. Camping-wise there’s heaps of options, we stayed at Pearl Point, Thurra River and Wingan Inlet. All are recommended. Just be wary of the dive-bombing Kookaburras at Wingan Inlet.

Hard to Seek Creek

‘Hard to Seek’ Creek

Old growth forests

Old growth forests

2 Responses to “Croajingolong”

  1. Love the photos – top work. Your Pajero looks very, very well set up!

    Aaron

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