Mallacoota, is a name that has ‘I got visit that place’ written all over it. Coastal, isolated and a sense of history. Mallacoota is a bit of surprise; this mainly because this place is isolated, but the provision of services is quite high, because this is clearly a surfing and fishing mecca. During holiday periods the place jumps.
Settlers started to arrive in the 1830s. A small timber lighthouse was installed on nearby Gabo Island in 1854, and the existing granite lighthouse was completed in 1862.
Mallacoota Post Office opened on 7 May 1894 and Mallacoota West in 1901. In 1928 Mallacoota West was renamed Mallacoota, and Mallacoota became Mallacoota East (closing in 1940). A satellite airfield was constructed during for the purpose of coastal defense. This is the location of the WW2 Museum.
During the 20th century the logging, farming and fishing industries in the area declined, and the tourism and abalone industries grew. The town's largest employer, the abalone co-operative, was formed in 1967.
It is known for its wild flowers, abalone industry, and the inlet estuary consisting of Top Lake and Bottom Lake, and Croajingolong National Park that surround it. It is a popular and beautiful holiday spot for boating, fishing, walking the wilderness coast, swimming, bird watching, and surfing. Mallacoota's main surfing beach, Bastion Point, has one of its best learning breaks and natural beauty under threat.
Mallacoota is such a beautiful location an overnight is the at least consideration.