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Chamberlain Lookout - Worn by waves and weather are the intermingling of layers of lava and sandstone.
Photo: Chamberlain Lookout - Worn by waves and weather are the intermingling of layers of lava and sandstone.
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Tathra: Chamberlain Lookout

Touring Australia: This lookout in Tathra, one of many on the Sapphire Coast in NSW, part of the NSW South Coast Tourist Drive 9. Located just north of Tathra Beach and Kianinny Bay.

Kangarutha Track

This is where the 9 km Kangarutha Track begins, which winds itself along this part of the South Coast up to and along the coastline of Bournda National Park, offering spectacular views. During the migration season, you can spot whales passing by as they head up north to calve or back south, to their feeding grounds near the Antartic.

Fishing is also an attraction, here there are plenty of rivers, streams, beaches and rocks to fish from. You can also charter boats for that special fishing expedition.

Places to Visit

You will find much to do here at Tathra, camping, swimming, surfing, sailing and boating are just some of the activities people enjoy here. There are plenty of places to visit, including Bournda National Park in the south and the Mimosa NP in the north.

Bournda National Park

In the Bournda National Park, which the Kangarutha Track passes along the coast, there is Wineglass Bay, great for sheltered swimming for the kids and picnics, and Wallagoot Lake, which people love to sail or waterski.

There are camping sites available, you can also find wet weather shelter along the many walking trails, quiet lagoons, stunning beaches and lots of wildlife to spot, as well as birdlife.

Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve

Also nearby is the Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve, located just west of the town of Tathra - worth visiting for its bounteous birdlife and native flora.

Mimosa NP

Paddle Steamer Mimosa, wrecked here on the rocks in 1863 gives this National Park its name. Popular activities here, as well as being a great place for picnics, include exploring the coastline on one of its many walks, fishing, surfing, snorkelling the waters and birdwatching. There are stunning views off the headlands, particularly at sunrise.

You can also camp at one of the many camping sites, or at one of the caravan and motorhome parks nearby.

Bega River

Where the Bega River meets the sea, just north of the town of Tathra, is also great for swimming, windsurfing and canoeing.

At Kianinny Bay you can visit the lookout on the north side, there are picnic facilities. The Kangarutha Track starts here, although challenging in spots, this 9kms walk takes you past wild coastal scenery.

Enquire at the NPWS Information Centre at Merimbula for tourist information on the many national parks, activities, walking tracks, camping and picnic areas, lakes, unique flora and fauna and sites of Aboriginal cultural significance on the South Coast of NSW. Cnr Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drive, Merimbula Phone +061 2 6495 5000.

South Coast National Parks

National Parks on the South Coast, the Gippsland and the Snowy Mountains provide ample opportunities for fun filled adventure discovery. Majestic mountain ranges with grand views. Rugged coastline interspersed with long idyllic beaches. Cool wet rainforests. Wild rivers. Peaceful lakes.

Places to Stay

Accommodation on the South Coast includes resorts set in stunning locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks, serviced apartments, homesteads and other holiday lettings - just some of the many types of accommodation available here.

Main Photo: Chamberlain Lookout - Worn by waves and weather are the intermingling of layers of lava and sandstone.

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