Bournda National Park
Bournda National Park, on the state’s far south coast, is a magically beautiful place of sea and freshwater lakes, an extensive lagoon, creeks, weather-worn cliffs and pale-sand beaches fronting the breakers of the Tasman Sea. Families can enjoy walking, ﬁshing, swimming, surﬁng and canoeing. Many threatened and rare plant species survive here and the wetlands provide nesting grounds for waders and waterfowl, including migratory species from the Northern Hemisphere. Look for the white-bellied sea-eagle soaring above the coast, and cormorants, black swans, chestnut teal and grey teal near the wetlands. Eastern grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies can occasionally be spotted in the park.
There is a network of walking tracks. Bournda Lagoon to North Tura Beach (1 km, 15 minutes one way, easy) has excellent views of the coast, lagoon and Bournda Island. Hobart Beach to Bondi Lake (1 km, 12 minutes one way, easy) leads to a habitat for waterbirds. In the park’s north, Kangarutha Track (9 km, 5 hours return, hard) offers stunning views of the fretted cliffs of the Kangarutha coastline.
Surfers ride the waves off the coast but swimming is not recommended due to strong currents. Expansive Wallagoot Lake attracts visitors for swimming, sailing, powerboating and waterskiing (boat launching at Wallagoot Lake Boat Club). Bournda Lagoon is ideal for quiet canoeing and kayaking. Anglers will enjoy excellent rock and beach ﬁshing.
Campsites at Hobart Beach are nestled in a shady area and there are some lovely picnic spots and excellent lookouts (Turingal Head is a favourite). The park rangers run interesting tours over summer.
Hobart Beach (no power); fees apply; bookings essential during holiday periods and ballot system applies
Location and access
448 km south of Sydney; 20 km south-east of Bega via Snowy Mountains Hwy (northern section); via Snowy Mountains Hwy then Sapphire Coast Dr (western and southern sections)
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Merimbula (02) 6495 5000
Bega/Merimbula/Tathra 1800 150 457