Bournda National Park

Walking track, steps leading to the beach Turingal Head Bournda National ParkThe blend of ocean beaches, creeks, lagoons and the expansive waters of Wallagoot Lake make Bournda National Park a most appealing area. While the park is well serviced with camping and recreational facilities, its natural environment remains unspoiled.

The park has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation. It was an important food gathering place and evidence of hunting and tool making have been found in coastal middens and old camp sites

The wetland areas around the mouth of Wallagoot Lake provide valuable habitat.

Threatened little terns breed on the northern side of Wallagoot Lake in most summer seasons. The site is fenced to protect the birds from disturbance. A team of shorebird volunteers assist the National Parks and Wildlife Service with monitoring and protection of the birds.

Walking tracks range in length from the 9km Kangarutha Track from Turingal Head to Kianinny Bay, to shorter walks from Tura Beach headland to Bournda Lagoon.
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Hobart Beach campground has 66 sites (unpowered) suitable for car-based and caravan camping. Facilities include showers, gas barbecues and a basic laundry. It is located by Wallagoot Lake with a short walk to Bournda Beach. Bookings are required during summer and Easter school holidays.

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pic_bournda2Bournda Field Studies Centre is operated by the NSW Education Department to assist school and community groups to conduct field trips to Bournda and adjacent areas.

Enquiries should be directed to: Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Jellat Jellat via Bega NSW 2550.

High Ridge Hut is also available for use by approved groups as a base for field studies and bushwalking. Please contact the Merimbula Office for further information on 02 6495 5001.


The diversity of water environments within Bournda National Park, combined with its extensive network of walking tracks, provides for a wide range of recreation activities.

Fishing, picnicking, canoeing, bushwalking, surfing, swimming, prawning, camping and birdwatching for example are all popular activities within the park. Sailing, power boating and water skiing are also catered for on Wallagoot Lake. Visitors are invited to use the launching ramp at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club for which the club charges a launching fee.

The NPWS Discovery Program runs over Easter and Christmas school holidays offering a variety of guided tours. Canoeing, bushwalking, spotlighting, bush tucker, sea cave walks and kids discovery.

pic_bournda3Location and Access

Bournda National Park is located on the Far South Coast of New South Wales, approximately 440 kms south of Sydney, 245 km south east of Canberra and 640 km north of Melbourne.

The park covers 2648 ha of coastal land and is accessed via Sapphire Coast Drive from Tathra in the north and Merimbula in the south.

pic_bournda1Bournda National Park – Topographic Maps

The CMA 1:25 000 map which covers the park is: Wolumla 8824-ll-N

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