Our evening walk at Mallacoota, eastern Victoria, was right on and after sunset.
The setting sun showed up the beauty of the setting, especially the harbour and estuary.
On our evening walk around Mallacoota we saw several Australian Pelicans cruising around near the jetty. They seemed to be quite unafraid of humans.
Several fishermen were cleaning their catch nearby, so I guess they have become used to having leftovers thrown at them from the fishermen and so they hang around for a free handout.
It was just on sunset, and the last soft rays of the setting sun lit up these beautiful birds to show off their lovely markings.
On our walk around Mallacoota we followed the edge of the estuary. In the inlet and on sand bars and small islands we could see many water birds. I was kept busy taking photos, checking them out through my binoculars and jotting down the species’ names in my notebook. During our stay of about 18 hours I made quite a healthy list, mostly water birds. A stay of a week or more would undoubtedly add considerably to this list.
In the photo above I have captured Australian Pelicans, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, cormorants (not sure but probably Little Black) and Silver Gulls.
The photos above and below show the numerous Black Swans feeding in the shallows of the estuary.
After a long day of travelling we finally arrived at Mallacoota in Victoria. We had never been here before and were delighted with what we saw. The downside was that we only had one night here.
We booked into the local motel and then tidied up ready for dinner in the hotel dining room. The seafood was delicious, which I expected, seeing it is primarily a fishing town.
After dinner we decided to walk off our wonderful meal. Our daughter, a much faster walker than us, took her own route. We strolled down to the estuary and walked along the foreshore. At one stage in our walk we sat on a picnic seat on the point overlooking the inlet. Quite beautiful on a calm, warm summer’s evening after the sun had set.
We are determined to return here sometime in the future with our caravan. It is the kind of place you could gainfully stay a week or two, especially in the off season. Being the week after New Year, the foreshore was packed tightly with tents, caravans and boats. The picture above shows it well. Far too crowded for my liking.
There are many walks and drives in the area with a significant National Park to the east. There are several cruise boats like the one above as well. Taking a cruise up the river would be high on my list of things to do.