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Bournda National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bournda National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Tathra:

    • Travel south towards Merimbula on Sapphire Coast Drive

    From Bega:

    • Take the Tathra Road (Snowy Mountains Highway) toward Tathra
    • Turn right onto Sapphire Coast Drive and continue south towards Merimbula

    From Merimbula:

    • Travel north towards Tathra on Sapphire Coast Drive

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bournda National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    As the weather cools but the waters are still warm, it's a great time to enjoy the Kangarutha walking track. Swim along the way at secluded beaches. It will feel like you have the place to yourself.

    Spring

    Enjoy the colours of wildflowers and the take in the smells of spring as the park comes alive. Head to the lookout at North Tura, find a sunny spot and look out for whales passing in the distance.

    Summer

    Discover the water activities on offer. Paddling at Bournda Lagoon, sailing on Wallagoot Lake, fishing at Wine Glass Bay or surfing and swimming at any one of the secluded beaches.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi-Park Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Bournda National Park

    Contact

    • in the South Coast region
    • Bournda National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to extreme weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

      Buy an annual pass.
      • Merimbula
        (02) 6495 5000
        Contact hours: 10am-3pm Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods.
      • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
      • Email: FSCR@environment.nsw.gov.au
        Fax: (02) 6495 5055
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    Nearby towns

    Tathra (1 km)

    Tathra is a small coastal township clustered around a historic sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast of Australia.

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    Merimbula (6 km)

    The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

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    Bega (18 km)

    With its forests, lush pastures and a coastline sculpted into a succession of wonders by the sea, the Sapphire Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town that's the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original, tells the story of cheese-making production in the area.

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    Bournda National Park. Photo: A Brown/NSW Government