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Sand track walk (south)

“We just came for a picnic but couldn’t resist wandering through the forests and along the beach to discover the natural landscape here. Even the kids enjoyed it!”

The Sand track walk (south) starts from the southern end of the Beach Road picnic area, and takes you through forested hind dunes running parallel to the beach.

Easy enough for the whole family, this level walk wanders among the forest of majestic tall blackbutt trees, a reminder of the forests that were widespread along the coast until 200 years ago. There are also patches of rare bangalay sand forest and littoral rainforest along the way.

After a short time, you’ll emerge at the middle of Seven Mile Beach, halfway between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads. Here, you can admire the golden stretch of beach stretching out in both directions.

After a short time, you’ll emerge at the middle of Seven Mile Beach, halfway between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads. Here, you can admire the golden stretch of beach stretching out in both directions. Enjoy a swim here before retracing your step or and wander back along the beach, enjoying the sea breeze before sitting down for a picnic at Beach Road picnic area.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Sand track walk (south) starts at Beach Road picnic area in the central precinct of Seven Mile Beach National Park. To get there:

From Sydney or Wollongong:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway to Gerringong and drive south through Gerroa
  • Turn left into Beach Road, about 4km south of the bridge
  • Follow Beach Road to the end.

From Nowra:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway at Bolong Road, Bomaderry
  • Follow Bolong Road which becomes Gerroa Road
  • Turn right into Beach Road and follow to the end.

The track begins at the southern end of the picnic area, where you’ll see a small sign at the edge of the bush.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Beach Road picnic area, including a designated disabled spot. Bus parking is available but no designated bus spots.

Important info

Distance:

1.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1.5 hours each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

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Sand Track, Seven Mile Beach National Park. Photo: P Lunnon/NSW Government