Berrara Creek

Conjola National Park

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Overview

Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.

Where
Conjola National Park
Distance
3km one-way
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

Berrara Creek is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat, drinking water

It’s hard to believe that such a tranquil location is so close to civilisation. Berrara Creek is accessible by boat ramp near the village. Paddle your canoe or kayak upstream about 3km to where you’re completely alone.

Fishing is popular in either the creek or from the beach, and if you walk to Fishermans Rock picnic area you’ll see the grinding grooves made by the local Aboriginal people many years ago. Bring a picnic to eat on the creek bank and take a dip in the afternoon sunshine.

During spring along Berrara Creek, you’ll see plenty of flowering natives, including wattles and banksias. The endangered hooded plover is also known to nest near the creek’s entrance. To see more of Conjola National Park, take a bike ride on the nearby Heath Circuit.

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/things-to-do/canoeing-paddling-experiences/berrara-creek/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Berrara Creek.

Getting there and parking

Berrara Creek is in the Berrara precinct of Conjola National Park National Park. To get there:

  • From Sussex Inlet, turn right onto The Springs Road and follow to Berrara.
  • Turn right onto Pope Avenue
  • Turn left onto Berrara Road
  • Turn right onto Lakeland Avenue, and continue to the boat ramp.

Parking

Parking is available at the boat ramp at the end of Lakeland Avenue.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

As the temperature cools slightly, this a great time to get active in the park with some bushwalking and mountain biking.

Spring

The wildflowers – waratahs and wattle among them – are in full bloom, bringing with them large numbers of birds. You might even be lucky enough to spot the rare Scalet Honeyeater or Little Lorikeet.

Summer

Hot weather means plenty of time for the beach and water. Keep an eye open for the endangered hooded plover and other shorebirds foraging on the sand.

Winter

The light is clear and beautiful and the beaches and trails very quiet – just the thing if you prefer exploring with few other people around.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

19°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

40.6°C

Winter temperature

Average

10°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-3.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

May

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

316.7mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Nowra (33 km)

Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.

www.visitnsw.com

Sussex Inlet (7 km)

Sussex Inlet is a quiet but spirited holiday town with excellent water sports facilities. It's set on a waterway between St Georges Basin and the sea.

www.visitnsw.com

Ulladulla (17 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.   

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Learn more

Berrara Creek is in Conjola National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal influence

Swan Lake, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

The land around Conjola National Park has been home for the Budawang and Yuin people for about 6000 years. There are many Aboriginal sites in the area, including middens, campsites and rock shelters. At Fishermans Rock, the midden contains fragments of mussels and mud oysters that were once meals for the local Aboriginal people. You'll also see some axe-grinding grooves in the sandstone.

  • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.

Animal planet

Banksia (Banksia ericifolia) Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

With open forests and scrubland, there are plenty of places to find Conjola's wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for eastern grey kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, brushtail possums and gliders, along with a huge range of cockatoos and parrots, black swans and herons. As well as providing the perfect place for swimming, canoeing, fishing and water sports, the three lakes adjacent to the park - Conjola, Berringer and Swan - are a significant habitat for many birds, such as little terns, the endangered hooded plover and pied oystercatchers.

  • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.
  • Heath Circuit Get close to nature on Heath Circuit, a 24km loop bike ride along signposted trails.

Driving force

Couple walking on Monument Beach, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Jarman

You can easily explore Conjola from the comfort of your car. Some of the tracks and trails that take you through forests, past the lakes and to the ocean are even accessible for 2WD vehicles in dry weather. One of the most popular drives is from Cudmirrah to Monument Beach picnic ground, following Goonawarra Drive, Blackbutt Road and Cedar Road. Just take care as you're driving along, because you'll be sharing the trails with cyclists, walkers and horse-riders as well as wildlife, which also cross the tracks mainly in the early morning and late afternoon.

  • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.
  • Monument Beach picnic area Set in a forest behind the beach, Monument Beach picnic area is a quiet base from which to take a short walk and learn about the history of the area.

Maritime monument

Monument Beach ride from Bendalong, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

In 1870, 12 men lost their lives when the clipper Walter Hood struck rocks off the coast between Bendalong and Berrara. A monument, erected in 1927, marks the burial site of the drowned captain and crew. it is a short walk from the Monument Beach picnic area.

  • Monument Beach picnic area Set in a forest behind the beach, Monument Beach picnic area is a quiet base from which to take a short walk and learn about the history of the area.
  • Nerindillah Lagoon walking track The short and easy Nerindillah Lagoon walking track takes in Monument Beach, historic heritage including the Walter Hood monument, and is great for birdwatching.

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