Hobart Beach Camping Area to Bournda Lagoon
Yuin Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

5.3 km
return

↑ 57 m
↓ -57 m

Moderate track
From Hobart Beach Camping Area, this walk passes the hidden Bondi Lake to come to Bournda Lagoon. The lagoon is a wonderful oasis with the deep pool and sandy, shaded edges making a really pleasant area. The proximity to Bournda Beach also creates the opportunity to have a body surf. The track to Bournda Lagoon is well signposted from Hobart Beach Camping Area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign next to Hobart Beach shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track looking away from Hobart Beach camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost to Hobart Beach camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Field Study Huts signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down to Bournda Beach car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track into Bournda Lagoon car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bournda Lagoon car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost before toilet Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Bournda Lagoon car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track up from Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-36.7969722,149.9400845)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Tathra Road
  • Turn on to Sapphire Coast Drive, 9 then drive for 6.2 km
  • Turn left onto Bournda Road and drive for another 2.9 km
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 500 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 100 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the path and the sign to the 'Field Study Huts' past the large picnic shelter (on the left). The track soon passes a volleyball court (on the right) and a fire pit (on the left), then follows a track marker through the dense melaleuca. The track soon comes to a three-way intersection marked with several signs, including one pointing back to 'Hobart Beach Camping Area'.From the intersection, the walk continues straight along the track, following the 'Bondi Lake' sign through the melaleuca. The track soon comes to another three-way intersection, marked with another sign pointing back to 'Hobart Beach Camping Area'. From this intersection, this walk heads south along the track, following the 'Bondi Lake' sign through the melaleuca. The track soon comes to then crosses the dirt Bournda Rd to the 'Hobart Beach Camping Area 0.5km'sign on the otherside.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 140 m back from the start).
After another 205 m veer right.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 1.3 km continue straight.
After another 400 m turn right.
After another 90 m veer left, to head along Bournda Lagon Road.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 120 m veer right.
After another 55 m find the "Bournda Beach picnic area" (on your left).
Bournda Beach picnic area
Bournda Beach picnic area

Bournda Beach picnic area is found next to Bournda Lagoon car park, in Bournda National Park. The picnic area is shaded by the trees behind Bournda Beach, which is between Tathra and Merimbula. The picnic area has modest facilities with a few picnic tables, BBQ pit and a toilet nearby. The picnic area is a great place to eat lunch before heading down to Bournda Beach or Lagoon, which are only a stroll away through the bush.
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Bournda Beach picnic area is found next to Bournda Lagoon car park, in Bournda National Park. The picnic area is shaded by the trees behind Bournda Beach, which is between Tathra and Merimbula. The picnic area has modest facilities with a few picnic tables, BBQ pit and a toilet nearby. The picnic area is a great place to eat lunch before heading down to Bournda Beach or Lagoon, which are only a stroll away through the bush.

Turn left.
After another 115 m turn right, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 3 m turn sharp left, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 8 m find the "Bournda Lagoon" (50 m on your left).
Bournda Lagoon
Bournda Lagoon

Bournda Lagoon has formed behind Bournda Beach, between Tathra and Merimbula in Bournda National Park. The lagoon is deep enough for swimming and is a popular spot for a freshwater swim. The lagoon is fed by Sandy Beach Creek, which has been silted up at the southernmost end of Bournda Beach. The lagoon supports a variety of environments, including a rainforest, on its shores. However, the lagoon is subject to environmental issues such as algal blooms. The lagoon can be accessed by bush track from Bournda Lagoon car park, at the end of Bournda Rd.
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Bournda Lagoon has formed behind Bournda Beach, between Tathra and Merimbula in Bournda National Park. The lagoon is deep enough for swimming and is a popular spot for a freshwater swim. The lagoon is fed by Sandy Beach Creek, which has been silted up at the southernmost end of Bournda Beach. The lagoon supports a variety of environments, including a rainforest, on its shores. However, the lagoon is subject to environmental issues such as algal blooms. The lagoon can be accessed by bush track from Bournda Lagoon car park, at the end of Bournda Rd.

Continue another 25 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.6 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Hobart Beach Camping Area to Bournda Lagoon


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -113 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-113 m[toilet]
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