Gabo Island, Mallacoota

Gabo Island is a 154ha island located off the coast of eastern Victoria, Australia, between Mallacoota and Cape Howe on the border with New South Wales. It is separated from the mainland by a 500m wide channel; access is available by arranged flights and boats. Gabo Island is a shipping reference commonly referred to in Victorian weather warnings issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Gabo Island is well known for its historic lighthouse. This lighthouse, Australia's second tallest, was completed in 1862 and made from pink granite quarried from the island itself. The focal plane of the light is situated at above sea level, the characteristic is a group of three flashes that occurs every twenty seconds. A keeper's house is occupied by a caretaker; another building may be rented for overnight stays.
The island is home to the world's largest colony of little penguins. Gabo, with the tiny associated islet of Tullaberga at its southern end, has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because of the numbers of breeding penguins (up to 21,000 pairs) and white-faced storm petrels (up to 20,000 pairs). Concern of predation of native birds and animals led to a successful feral cat eradication program on the island between 1987 and 1991. Put Gabo Island into our Mallacoota travel website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mallacoota.
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  • Gabo Island lies about 16 km from the Mallacoota Bastion Point boat ramp. It is only accessible by boat or light aircraft. Early in the 20th century, it was connected to the mainland and the...  more »
  • Took a private tour for 8 of us across to Gabo Island. This was probably the hardest to organize as there are very few tours to get into the Island. Once we had this organized we off and going . Saw.....  more »
  • This island is a must see if you can get to it. The seal colony is full of activity yet quite untouched. There are pleasent surprises all over the island with a lovely little beach.

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