What about the roads?
Crews are working round the clock to enable safe access to and from Mallacoota and surrounds from both directions. They will be well and truly open for the festival!
Is there anywhere I can stay?
Mallacoota is up and running and looking for visitors. Any business currently advertising their services will be happy to have you! A list of accommodation will be available shortly in the site menu.
Mallacoota, while she has been battered and bruised, is as safe a town as anywhere else in the South East of the country. In short, there's nothing left to burn.
Issues regarding residential clean up are being dealt with by professional government based removalists and will not pose a health risk to visitors.
Can I bring my dog?
Your little furry friend will unfortunately have to sit out some of the weekends events (Book launch, Loch-Ard trip, Noel Butler talk, and the AFCOL tour). Well-behaved animals on a lead are welcome to the rest of the events!
Can I smoke?
Most of the venues including the market and outdoor cinema, are non-smoking.
Will there be alcohol? Can I bring my own?
There will be alcohol present at the Book Launch, Market, and Saturday Sippers, Seafood, and Skippy.
We ask that you do not bring outside alcoholic beverages into the venues - but why would you want to when the best East Gippsland breweries and wineries are already there?
Where do I park?
There is ample parking at the Mallacoota Golf Club for the Book Launch, the main wharf parking area for the Loch-Ard Cruise and Fishing Clinic, and along Commercial rd. for the AFCOL tour.
The Mudbrick Pavilion and the market area are within walking distance to most of the Mallacoota township. We recommend walking to the venue whenever possible as there will be a high volume of traffic - specifically during the market hours. The rear parking lot next to the oval and behind the Mudbrick building will not be open to public parking during the market as it will be reserved for vendors, large boats and other exciting exhibitions we have planned for the day. It will also have a high volume of foot traffic and children passing through, so it will be closed to traffic for safety reasons. It will re-open for the Sunday events.
If it is necessary to drive, please park in a safe, designated parking site or roadside in town with consideration to thru traffic and continue into the venue on foot.
Will there be any entertainment for the kids?
The Saturday Market has been planned to keep both the kids AND their parents happy! There will be a jumping castle, face painting, crafts area, playground, lolly stand, milkshakes, and plenty of kid-friendly food options on offer!
The Saturday Sippers, Seafood, and Skippy will carry over the jumping castle, kid friendly food (pizza, fish and chips, & ice cream!) and a showing of the 1969 family movie classic Skippy and the Intruders (filmed in part in Mallacoota). Bring a rug, blanket and teddy and settle in for a great family friendly event.
Please be advised that there will be alcohol present at both of these events.
Children are also welcome to attend any of the other events scheduled over the weekend. (Including the bush food walk, which will be at an easy pace and low difficulty to accommodate those of most abilities.)
Will it be fun?
You can bet on it!
What is available at the events and what do I need to bring with me?
Mallacoota Inlet Tour on Board the Loch-Ard - Dress according to the weather (which, in Mallacoota, means always bring an extra layer!) Bring a water bottle, binoculars to view the wildlife. There are no restroom facilities on board the boat.
Fishing Clinic - Just your sense of adventure!