Croajingolong National Park

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Croajingolong National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Croajingolong beach.jpg
One of some beaches in the Croajingolong National Park; looking north towards Rame Head.
Croajingolong National Park is located in Victoria
Croajingolong National Park
Croajingolong National Park
State Victoria
Nearest town or city Mallacoota
Coordinates 37°42′43″S 149°30′30″E / 37.71194°S 149.50833°E / -37.71194; 149.50833Coordinates: 37°42′43″S 149°30′30″E / 37.71194°S 149.50833°E / -37.71194; 149.50833
Area 883.55 km2 (341.1 sq mi)[1]
Established 26 April 1979 (1979-04-26)[2]
Managing authorities Parks Victoria
Website Croajingolong National Park

The Croajingolong National Park is a coastal national park located in the East Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria. The 88,355-hectare (218,330-acre) national park is situated approximately 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Melbourne and 500 kilometres (310 mi) south of Sydney.

The name Croajingolong derives from the Australian Aboriginal Krauatungalung words galung, meaning "belonging to" and kraua, meaning "east".[3]

Location and features[edit]

The park is linear in shape and bordered on the southern side by the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, the western side by Bemm River and the eastern side by the township of Mallacoota. Its northern boundary consists of dense bushland and low hills. The dimensions of the park are approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) by 20 kilometres (12 mi), with an area of 875 square kilometres (338 sq mi). The 100 kilometres (62 mi) Wilderness Coast Walk stretches the entire length of the park along beaches, through heathland and round rocky headlands.

Croajingolong National Park, with the adjoining Nadgee Nature Reserve in New South Wales, forms one of only twelve World Biosphere areas in Australia.[4] It contains ecosystems, habitats and gene pools that are managed sustainably. The park encloses the Sandpatch Wilderness Area and is contiguous with the Cape Howe Wilderness Area, the Nadgee Nature Reserve and the Cape Howe Marine National Park.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The eastern section of the park lies within the Nadgee to Mallacoota Inlet Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it supports populations of Eastern Bristlebirds and Pilotbirds as well as other significant fauna.[5]

Visitor attractions[edit]

Popular destinations within the park include:

Popular camping spots exist at Thurra River, Mueller Inlet and Wingan Inlet. Nearby towns are Mallacoota, Genoa, Cann River, Bemm River and Orbost.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croajingolong National Park: Visitor Guide". Parks Victoria (PDF). Government of Victoria. July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Croajingolong National Park Management Plan". Department of Natural Resources and Environment (PDF). Government of Victoria. June 1996. ISBN 0-7306-6137-7. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Croajingolong (county): Historical information: 30383". Vicnames. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Australia's Biosphere Reserves". Department of Sustainability. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "IBA: Nadgee to Mallacoota Inlet". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 

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