Gabo Island

Gabo Island is a 154 ha 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 500 m 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.


It is well-known for its historic lighthouse, made from pink granite quarried from the island itself. The lighhouse is Australia's second tallest. The focal plane of the light is situated at 55 m 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 20,000 pairs) and White-faced Storm Petrels (up to 20,000 pairs).

  • Map of Gabo Island, Victoria, Australia

  • Map of Gabo Island


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