Croajingolong National Park on the coast of Victoria, Australia is a magical natural environment that has diverse eco-systems each of which is sustainably managed. It covers 87,500 hectares of striking natural beauty. The vast area extends 100 kilometres along the East Gippsland region.
Named after the local Aboriginal people, the men of the east or Krauatungalung, who lived in the area for over 40,000 years before Captain Cook stepped foot on the continent in 1770. Connected to the Nadgee Nature Reserve in New South Wales, it forms one of 12 World Biosphere areas in Australia. It is an important protected area for habitats and gene pools for birds including Pilotbirds and Eastern Bristlebirds among other important fauna.
There are several places where visitors can camp and enjoy the attractions including the Thurra River with spectacular sand dunes and a great place for families to enjoy on hot days and Point Hicks where Australia was first sited by Captain Cook’s men and today has the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. Cape Howe Wilderness Zone has the purest representation of coastal vegetation from before European contact in that area of Australia. Shipwreck Creek is another place to camp and use as a base for hikes and walks that go through coastal scenery as well as heathland. The flora and fauna that is protected in this area is on land as well as in the sea.
The Gippsland region is very diverse with snow fields, rainforests, wilderness, industrialized areas, beaches and farmland. It is very easy for travelers to find with Australia’s number one highway giving access to the April 12, 2013 whole region. It is also easy to get here as well if you are coming from a different state, you can find flights to Nelson for a low and affordable rate. Flying into Nelson is the quickest way to get to the Gippsland region.