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Sign on one of the beaches at Bournda National Park. Leave your pets at home.
Photo: Sign on one of the beaches at Bournda National Park. Leave your pets at home.
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Feral Animals in Australian National Parks

Feral animals are those that have descended from pets or other domesticated animals and are living in the wild. They can cause problems for a number of reasons, including harming native animals and damaging native plants and trees.

Certain domesticated animals introduced into Australia for various reasons, when having escaped into the wild and having no natural predators have become serious threats to the environment, even on many of the outer islands.

Some of the Feral Animals found in Australia

  • Cats
  • Camels
  • Cane Toads
  • Deer
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Red Fox
  • Water Buffalo

Rabbits and goats also have produced significant damage to the indigenous flora of Australia.

Sapphire Coast of NSW

An important part of protecting Bournda National Park. The sign reads:


Dogs are not permitted into national parks
or nature reserves.

This includes walking dogs along
the waters edge at low tide.

Bournda National Park

Dogs, cats and other imported animals like foxes can go feral in parks like Bournda National Park on the Sapphire Coast of NSW: wreaking havoc amongst the native bird and animal life.

Batemans Marine Park

The Batemans Bay Marine Park offers numerous activities including diving, sailing, boating, cruises, surfing and fishing. Stretching from Mystery Bay in the south along the NSW South Coast to Bawley Point in the north, it protects rare and unique marine life and birdlife.

Merimbula Visitors Centre

Enquire at the Merimbula Visitors Centre for information on the many walking tracks, camping and picnic areas, lakes, unique flora and fauna and sites of Aboriginal cultural significance throughout the Sapphire Coast. Located at the Corner of Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives on the waterfront in Merimbula. Phone +061 2 6495 5000.

New South Wales National Parks

Within NSW alone, there are more than 780 National Parks, Marine Parks and Reserves. Many of them have camping facilities, some are even considered luxurious with plenty of facilities, others are small clearings in remote peaceful settings. More about the National Parks in NSW.

Sapphire Places to Stay

In Merimbula and along the Sapphire Coast, you can find places to stay - from luxury resorts to peaceful scenic campsites. Accommodation available to suit almost any budget.

Sth Coast ocean side resorts set in stunning locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks, serviced apartments, homesteads and beach home holiday lettings are just some of the options available to you.

Main Photo: Sign on one of the beaches at Bournda National Park. Leave your pets at home.

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