Mallacoota River Mouth (Victoria, Australia)
Mallacoota is located in far Eastern Victoria.
The river mouth is suited to kite boarders (and to a lesser degree windsurfers due to the shallow water) looking for flat water sailing in shallow water with a sandy bottom. It is a great spot to kite amongst the sandbars and you can camp near the sailing area.
The ideal wind direction is SE to E (SE being the cleanest wind). NE & NW can also work if you are near the heads due to the large fetch across the water from the land. If there is too much south in it, it will be gusty from the protrusion of the headland.
There are plenty of options for launching however probably the easiest is to park at Captain Stephenson’s Point (which is in the middle of the Lakeside Camping area), walk down the stairs and carry your gear across the sand bars until you get to the deeper water in the entrance. At low tide you can wade through the first pond with your gear however at high tide you may have to walk further south to find a way across.
Another option is to hire a boat with a mate or two to get to some of the islands and sandbars in the lake and launch from there, depending on wind direction but especially in southerlies where there are some awesome spots across the lake. The sandbar near the entrance would be a good place to launch.
The most obvious hazard here is sand bars and shallow water so be very careful when jumping.
There can also be significant current in an out-going tide to stay away from the entrance if you aren’t a strong sailor.
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Flat Water
- River Mouth
- Moderate Temp Water
- Salt Water
- Camp Ground
- Sand Bars
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