The town of Mallacoota is situated inside the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet, 530 km east of Melbourne. It is reached by a scenic turn-off road from Genoa on the Princes Highway. The inlet consists of Top Lake connected by a narrow channel to the larger Bottom Lake. A changeable and treacherous sandbar guards the lake’s entrance to the ocean. Croajingolong National Park surrounds the inlet. Thick forest clothes the hills, and jetties and picnic spots are provided in peaceful spots. Low saltmarsh islands inside the entrance attract numerous water birds.