A scenic way to explore Bournda National Park is to walk along the coast. Located on the Sapphire Coast, the park has numerous walks through the park, bypassing waterways, wildlife and lakes to the ocean.
Running the length of the coast from south of the the town of Tathra to the beach at Tura, there are dramatic cliffs, headlands, stunning isolated beaches and islands. Following along this coastline is a 13 kilometre track that you can walk to enjoy views free of development and nature at its best.
In the hinterlands of the park, there are three lakes, including Bondi Lake, Bournda Lagoon and Wallagoot Lake. The lakes offer waterskiing, boating, paddling, sail boarding, fishing and swimming, while the ocean here has a number of excellent surfing spots.
If your quiet, there is plenty of birdlife and wildlife to see. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the park, with water fowl near the lakes, including Black Swans.
With a bit more luck in the right season (warmer months), you will see whales as they pass to their feeding grounds in the south, or northwards to where they calve.
There are a number of other walks of varying difficulty that traverse the park, the roads allow bicycling. Camping is available as are picnic areas. Fishing is allowed in some areas.
The South Coast region was first settled by the Europeans as a place of whale hunting, but the region now supports sustainable tourism - you will find plenty of comfortable accommodation, ample restaurant choices and plenty of eateries and cafes.
Enquire at the Merimbula Visitors Centre for information on the many walking tracks, camping areas, unique flora and fauna. There are also sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. Located at the Corner of Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives on the waterfront in Merimbula. Phone +061 2 6495 5000.
National Parks and Nature Reserves: Mimosa National Park is to the north, Bournda NP is within walking distance, while Ben Boyd is to the south of Pambula Beach. They are all worth visiting, abundant wildlife, sea caves, steep cliffs, breathtaking ocean views and stupendous sunrises early in the morning of the South Coast make it a memorable place to visit.
At Tura Beach and along the NSW Sapphire Coast, you can find places to stay - from luxury resorts to peaceful scenic campsites. Accommodation available includes a wide range of styles to suit almost any budget.
Sth Coast ocean side resorts set in peaceful locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, apartments, units, homesteads and beach home holiday lettings are just some of the options available to you.
Main Photo: Starting at North Tura Beach on the Sapphire Coast to Tathra.
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