Point Hicks Marine National Park
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- Established:November 2002
Point Hicks Marine National Park is 4000ha and is located alongside Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland. The granite cliffs of Point Hicks beautifully frame the marine park which represents Victoria’s far-eastern marine environment. Within the waters one can discover a range of habitats including granite subtidal reef, intertidal rock platforms and offshore sands. Some notable features are front reef and Whaleback Rock which have deep gutters of 1-15m and support many invertebrates. The seafloor drops away rapidly from shore descending to 90m which makes it one of the deepest marine areas within Victoria. The site also contains two shipwrecks, the SS Kerangie and the SS Saros.
Throughout the park there is a startling diversity of marine life. Many creatures found here are not found further west because the water is too cold, for example, the large Black Sea Urchin. Through the remarkably clear water, one can see swaying brown seaweeds with colourful sponges, sea squirts and sea fans growing around their base. There are numerous brightly colour seastars, brittle stars, abalone, fan worms, sea shells, hermit crabs and delicate nudibranchs (sea slugs). The fish diversity is just as great including schools of pelagic (free-swimming) fish such as Butterfly Perch, Silver Sweep, Long-finned Pike and Banded Morwongs.
The best way to experience the fascinating underwater world of Point Hicks marine park is to dive, although snorkelling is also very rewarding.
Sea kayaking, surfing, and swimming are fun recreational activities for this area.
Shore access to Point Hicks Marine National Park is accessible by vehicle from Cann River along the Point Hicks Road then a short walk is required. Access via boat is limited. The nearest ocean launching points are located at either Cape Conran or Mallacoota.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
Indigenous tradition indicates that Point Hicks Marine National Park is part of the Country of the Bidwell and Gunaikurnai Indigenous people and that other Indigenous people including the Monero-Ngarigo people also have an association with the coastal region of the area.