One of the best wilderness experiences in south-eastern Australia is the long (about 60km) coastal walk from Mallacoota, Victoria, through the Cape Howe and Nadgee wilderness to near Womboyn (near Eden, NSW). This is the most isolated section of a stunningly beautiful and mostly uninhabited coastline that stretches over 200km from Lakes Entrance to Eden. Highlights of this four day walk include beautiful lakes, an optional side trip to Howe Hill for great views of the region, giant sand dunes and rusting ship wrecks, thundering surf breaking against sea cliffs, sea caves, forests, heathlands and wildflowers, estuaries and rivers. There is also the opportunity for body or mat surfing, waves and energy and time permitting! Yes, I am considering taking a light weight surf mat and flippers along.
Best of all there'll be no crowds for NPWS regulations limit groups in this sensitive area to a maximum of eight people, with a maximum of 40 people permitted along the entire coastline at any one time. Most of the walking in Victoria is along deserted pristine beaches while the NSW side has more track walking through forest and heathland.
Distance: Short - less than 12km per day.
Terrain: Track- roads, fire trails, well maintained walking tracks, grasslands, open forest, beaches, poorly maintained walking tracks.
Maps: Mallacoota 1:50,000 & Nadgee 1:25,000