|Elevation:||22 m (72 ft)|
|Local Government Area:||Shire of East Gippsland|
|State District:||Gippsland East|
Mallacoota is a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Mallacoota had a population of 972. At holiday times, particularly Easter and Christmas, the population increases by about 8,000. It is one of the most isolated towns in the state of Victoria, 25 kilometres off the Princes Highway and 523 kilometres from Melbourne. It is 526 kilometres from Sydney, New South Wales. It is halfway between Melbourne and Sydney when travelling via Princes Highway, though that is a long route between Australia's two main cities. It is the last official township on Victoria's east coast before the border with New South Wales. Mallacoota has a regional airport YMCO consisting of a grassed field for private light planes.
It is known for its wild flowers, abalone industry, the inlet estuary consisting of Top Lake and Bottom Lake, and Croajingolong National Park that surround it. It is a popular and beautiful holiday spot for boating, fishing, walking the wilderness coast, swimming, birdwatching, and surfing. The Mallacoota Arts Council runs events throughout each year. Mallacoota Inlet is one of the main villages along the wilderness coast walk from NSW to Victoria, Australia.
Mallacoota's main surfing beach, Bastion Point, has one of its best learning breaks and natural beauty under threat. There is some dissension and protest about this plan.
The closest large town, that locals go to for things like shopping, banking, hiring and many other things is Eden in New South Wales.