Gabo Island
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mpinzone
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We went to Gabo with Reinhard Strauss today 8 of us … we were absolutely thrilled with the trip .. the lighthouse was fantastic was the wild life … cannot recommend this trip highly enough.. thank you from us all 🤩
Written 26 January 2023
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melsmac1
Sydney, Australia130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Gabo Island is a wonderful place to spend some time, IF you can afford the exorbitant cost of the boat ride to get there! Really ruined the experience of staying there. It was $800 - $1400 return. We only found 2 groups offering the transfer so they obviously have it sewn up between them and can ask any amount. Anyone we asked about it all pointed us to the 2 groups mentioned in other reviews so it seems a bit of a conjob market.

Please know that booking the island does NOT include the transfer and you need to organise this privately
Written 10 May 2022
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Triggersplace
Mallacoota, Australia135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
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 telegraph cable is still visible in places.

The beach at Gabo is protected and a great place to swim. Clear blue water with a myriad fish under the jetty. Sometimes dolphins and kingfish are visible.

The walk to the lighthouse (Australias second tallest) takes about 20 minutes and the lighthouse and adjoining walls are made from pink granite which almost glows red in the early morning sunrise.

The smaller island off the south side (little Gabo) is usually full of fur seals and gannets.

It is worth exploring the coast around the island which is full of small bays and inlets. Take a drink bottle as there is no water on the island except at the lighthouse.

Keep an eye on the weather if going by boat as afternoon winds can make the journey back a rough one.

Be careful of treading on little penguin nests which cover the island (try and stay on the tracks). Gabo has the largest population of little penguins in the world (20,000 pairs).

It's a fabulous place to visit.
Written 12 February 2019
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Andreas K
Safety Beach, Australia99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
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 jumping Dolphins on the way to the island. Once on the island the light house keeper picked up half the team . The rest of us walked across the island to the light house, magic place . We did the Gabo lighthouse tour saw seals and whales . A fantastic day we never forget. Thank you
Written 10 August 2017
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Janelle M
Canberra, Australia177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Went out with Reinhard Strauss on a small catamaran from Mallacoota. Saw a pod of dolphins on the way. A short walk from where the boat dropped us to the lighthouse. Out on the rocks from the base of the lighthouse we could see New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Fur Seals sunning themselves on rocks. There were lots of numbered Penguin burrows and a small interesting museum.
There is only one toilet but you must take any water or food with you from the mainland as there are no shops etc. Well wo=rth the visit though as the Island is lovely and the colour of the water so beautifully blue
Written 3 March 2017
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KarolaRS
7,006 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Gabo Island is rich in cultural history and offers stunning landscapes/views of Croajingolong National Park. It is a granitic island with a cover of dune sand. You can find there some extensive outcrops of pink granite, basalt intrusions, stable dunes, boulder beaches, and the sandy beach at Santa Barbara Bay.
Written 10 October 2016
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Nelly B
79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
We're regular Summer visitors to Mallacoota and have made the trip to Gabo Island a number of times and it never fails to delight. Wilderness Charter Boat operator Reinhart took our group of six out from Mallacoota Wharf over the inlet bar for the 25 minute trip along the remote sea coast to tiny, turquoise Santa Barbara bay. From there it's a 30 minute comfortable trek to the other side of the island for a tour of the lighthouse (organised by Reinhart) and a look at the fascinating memorabilia in the keeper's signal room/museum. View from the 43 metre lighthouse is stunning; expect to see Fur Seals basking on rocks and negotiating the steep swells as they dive into and clamber out of the wild ocean! Enjoy a picnic lunch and a snorkel around the pier and sea wall before the exhilarating 450 hp ride back over the waves and across the bar. A must-do Mallacoota experience!
Written 26 January 2015
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SoulTouching
Balwyn, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Went on a boat ride and walked around Gabo . Is nature filled and sea animals. Ancient history for saving Large boats in the Ocean
Written 30 September 2014
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
We missed our dates for a boat tour of the island,but had a great time exploring Mallacoota,which is perched on the edge of the inlet and the sea.It is a beguilingly beautiful and peaceful place.
Surrounded by the Croajingdoy National park and aworld away from any large city,its a haven for wildlife,particularly birds...the winged variety, that is. the quiet meandering waters of the inlet are surrounded by densly forested hills. To accent this,to the south are several beautiful beaches,like Betka and Quarry.
There is so much to do around here....coastal walks,bush walks, fishing and boating. I wish we could have conected with our boat.
Instead we walked the 7km-loop Mallacoota Walking Track,which is well signposted,goes through cassurina forest and heath,along the beach to Bastion Point and back towards town past the entrance.
Excellent day.
Written 26 August 2013
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