Sunburnt Beach campground

Meroo National Park

Overview

Get back to basics and discover the unspoilt beauty at Sunburnt Beach campground. Enjoy swimming, fishing and birdwatching just moments from your campground.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, fuel stove
Price Free.
Bookings Bookings are not required at this campground. Campsites are available on a first-in first-served basis.
Please note
  • This campground has a limited number of sites
  • Camping is restricted to designated sites only
  • This is a popular campground and campsites fill up quickly over summer.
  • If campground sites are already full when you arrive, please make a backup plan and arrange to stay at another campground on the beautiful NSW South Coast.
  • All campsites are suitable for tent camping, and are lined by logs and fences. Site sizes are approximately 6m x 8m. There is no power in the campground.
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared

Wake up to the sound of birds in the trees and back to basics at this unspoilt campground nestled amongst the trees.  It’s a short 250m walk from the carpark to the campground, making it feel even more removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Set up camp then head off to explore the surrounding beauty.  Take a short walk to the nearby beach and admire scenic views to the north along the coastline to Crampton Island.  Enjoy swimming in these pristine waters and looking for shells on the sandy shore.  Try your luck fishing from the beach then cook up your catch on the campfire.

Or just sit back, relax and take in the scenery from your campground.  In spring you’ll be surrounded by beautiful and rare wildflowers. There are also plenty of birdwatching opportunities in the area and you might spot some passing wallabies.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/sunburnt-beach-campground/local-alerts

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Park info

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

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Sunburnt Beach campground.

Getting there and parking

Sunburnt Beach campground is in the Termeil Point precinct in the southern part of Meroo National Park. To get there:

  • Travel south on the Princes Highway from Ulladulla
  • Approximately 14km south of Ulladulla turn left into Blackbutt Road
  • Continue for approximately 2km to the fork in the road
  • Turn left and follow for around 800m until you reach Sunburnt Beach campground carpark
  • Two walking tracks access the campground from the car park. All campsites are situated around a loop walking track and are about 50m–100m from the carpark.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out, as the road to Sunburnt Beach campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available nearby to Sunburnt Beach campground.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Enjoy the serenity on the water while paddling a canoe or kayak in one of the park's coastal lakes.

Spring

Escape your busy city life and spend a night at one of the beachside camping areas.

Summer

Head to Termeil Beach or Pot Holes Beach for a day of swimming, surfing and beach fishing.

Winter

Rug up and take in spectacular coastal views from Nuggan Point walking track.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

9°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

39.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

-9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

489.6mm

Facilities

  • Shops are located in Tabourie (3km), Burrill Lake (12km) and Ulladulla (14km).
  • Water is not available at this campground
  • There are no shower facilities at this campground
  • Rubbish bins are not available, please take rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Picnic tables are provided at Stokes Island picnic area and Termeil Beach picnic area.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Please camp within the marked spaces at this campground. There is a high risk of falling trees and branches, especially in times of high wind.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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).

Accessibility

The toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

  • Fires are permitted and must be located within the marked boundaries of numbered campsites. There are no camp fire facilities provided.
  • Limited firewood available on site. You are encouraged to bring your own firewood or fuel stove.

Prohibited

Chemical toilets are not permitted. Please use toilet facilities provided.

Chainsaws are not permitted

Generators

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Batemans Bay (56 km)

Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

www.visitnsw.com

Bawley Point (9 km)

Some of the beaches around Bawley Point are popular with surfers looking for the best waves along the coast. But there are plenty of other beaches where you can swim, picnic or simply watch kangaroos enjoying the surf.

www.visitnsw.com

Ulladulla (35 km)

Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Sunburnt Beach campground is in Meroo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Amazing wildlife haven

Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Meroo National Park. Photo: M Makeham

Meroo and Termeil Lakes are listed in the National Directory of Important Australian Wetlands and stand out for their abundance and diversity of mammals and frogs. The park also has at least 12 threatened wildlife species, including significant populations of the nationally endangered green and golden bell frog. As you explore the coastline keep a lookout to spot dolphins and whales off the coast. Thee's also excellent opportunities for birdwatching at Meroo. You'll see ducks, swans, pelicans, honeyeaters, superb blue wrens and pied oystercatchers. You might also spot sea eagles or an osprey soaring overhead. And if you're really lucky, you might even see a pair of hooded plover. There are less than 25 pairs known to occur in NSW, and the Meroo, Termeil and Willinga Lake entrances are prime breeding habitats for this vulnerable species.

  • Meroo Lake walking track Wrap yourself in the tranquillity of calm coastal waters at Meroo Lake walking track. Enjoy paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching and walking in a pristine natural landscape.
  • Tabourie Lake Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.

Pristine natural landscapes

Meroo Lake, Meroo Lake National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The coastal lakes, foreshores and wetlands you'll find in Meroo are outstanding examples of pristine natural environments. Only 10% of NSW estuaries remain in such a natural condition. This unspoilt landscape supports endangered ecological communities like the swamp oak floodplain forest and bangalay-banksia dry forest and helps to protect vulnerable plant species such as the tangled bedstraw and leafless tongue orchid.

  • Meroo Head lookout walking track You can’t miss the spectacular coastal views from Meroo Head lookout walking track. It’s an easy walking track and a great place for birdwatching and whale watching.
  • Nuggan Point walking track Go walking or mountain biking on this easy trail. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, fishing, whale watching and birdwatching at Nuggan Point, then stop at Meroo Beach for a swim.

Rich Aboriginal culture

Meroo Lake, Meroo National Park. Photo: M Jarman

Meroo National Park forms part of the traditional lands of the Budawang and Murramarang tribes, who are part of the Dhurga language group. Meroo Lake has important spiritual significance for local Aboriginal groups because, along with other lakes in the region, it is connected to the Pigeon House Didthul creation stories that connect them with their country and ancestor spirits. The park is rich with archaeological sites including shell middens, open campsites, artefact scatters, stone arrangements, rock shelters and a burial site.

  • Giriwa walking track Discover Aboriginal cultural heritage along Giriwa walking track, in Meroo National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Burrill Lake, near Ulladulla, then stop for a picnic, swim or kayak.

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Sunburnt Beach campground, Meroo National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk