Mallacoota Inlet is an ideal waterway for boating. Large lakes and navigable river systems provide plenty of area for water activities. Whilst the inlet is tidal, the small tidal variation and large selection of sheltered areas make it an ideal lake system for beginners.
Gipsy Point Lakeside is set on the lower reaches of the Genoa River. The top and bottom lakes and Mallacoota township are easily accessed downstream by boat. Numerous public jetties with picnic facilities, toilets and barbeques are located along the shores of the river and lakes.
Upstream from Gipsy Point the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers and Maramingo Creek provide some beautiful scenery and wilderness areas. These areas are ideal for exploration by canoe, with their absolute quiet and shallow draft. We recommend only experienced people take power boats upstream because of the numerous sandbanks, logs and submerged rocks.
To help people enjoy these beautiful waterways we have power boats available for hire, canoes available for guests and facilities for people with their own boats. Lake and river cruises departing from the Gipsy Point public jetty are another great way for people to enjoy our waterways.
Our hire boats are half cabin cruising boats with outboard motors. They are easy to handle, even for people who have never operated a boat previously. Our boats are ideal for exploring the inlet and for fishing, they cruise at a relaxing pace. Our boats are surveyed for up to 8 persons, ideal for a small group of people. Guests are permitted to explore virtually all of the inlet, the exceptions for safety reasons being the area around the entrance and the upper reaches of the rivers.
Canoes are available at no charge for guests to use. They are an ideal way to explore the river system in a very environmentally friendly way. As the canoes are completely silent, you can really appreciate the sounds of the bush.
For guests with their own boats, moorings at private jetties are available at no charge. A concrete boat ramp is located beside the public jetty. Boat fuel is available for guests (unleaded petrol based boat fuels only).
There are some great offshore areas for people with suitable craft to explore. Gabo Island is only seven nautical miles from the entrance. Great game fishing is also available nearby as well. The entrance, however, is constantly variable, dangerous and at times closed - current local advice is essential. A boat ramp at Bastion Point also provides offshore access, however it's shallow slope, lack of protection and moving sands causes difficulties for launching and retrieving boats. Again current local advise is essential.