The Mallacoota Coastal Walk is an easy walk which will take you on a journey through Mallacoota’s scenic coastline.
From Mallacoota, the track leads through tall forest and rainforest gullies, along the banks of the tranquil Davis Creek, through stunning coastal heathland woodland to eventually reach the quiet waters of the Betka River.
From the Betka Beach car park, the track hugs the top of the coastal escarpment to Quarry Beach, Secret Beach and eventually into Croajingolong National Park. A beautiful short loop track along the banks of Betka River is also available.
Lookouts along the way provide fantastic vistas of the coastline, taking in vast sweeping beaches, Cape Howe and Gabo Island. The total walk is approximately 9km one way, however it may be tackled in sections, There are a number of car parking areas along the route to permit this. The sections include the Casuarina Walk (1.8km one way), The Heathland Walk (0.8km one way), Davis Creek to Betka Beach Picnic Ground (1.2km one way) and Betka Beach to Pebbly Beach 5.5km one way).
Note: If the Betka River Mouth is closed, access to the Pebbly Beach section is via the beach section. However, if the Betka River Mouth is open, it is recommended that walkers drive to the Betka Beach Picnic Ground to access the southern section of the walk as the Betka River Bridge is for vehicle traffic.
The Loop track mentioned above is approximately 1.8km in length offering magnificent coastal vistas, heathland communities and enchanting river views as the path wanders through a riparian open forest community with its well defined upper stratum of ancient angophoras, white stringy barks and bloodwoods, a middle stratum of pittosporum, wattles and mellaleuca, a lower stratum of cassinia and Goodenia ovata with a variety of ground covering species. This environment provides a range of protected habitats for many birds, the chorus of their calls adding further pleasure to this section.
Excellent access points to Davis Creek Beach, Quarry Beach and Pebbly Beach have been provided and are suitable entry points to sections of the Mallacoota Coastal Walk.
We walked the lovely coastal section from Betka beach to Fisherman's Point which is a 4.4 km round trip. At Betka Beach there is a carpark, shelter with BBQ and five unshaded tables. When we visited in June the river was flowing into the ocean. The gravel track winds through a lot of tea trees which form lovely patterns and tunnels with their trunks. In the winter season there were plenty of opportunities to see wildlife - including colourful fungi and toadstools, seals and whales spouting offshore.
850m from Betka Beach there is a point in the track where you can return via the River loop (900m) or continue along the coastal track. As you go along the track there are lookout points at various places, looking towards the east and west.