Monument Beach ride from Bendalong

Conjola National Park

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Overview

Monument Beach ride from Bendalong is a cycling route through Conjola National Park leading to a picnic area with scenic ocean views and a historic monument.

Where
Conjola National Park
Distance
6.5km one-way
Time suggested
2hrs
Grade
Medium
Opening times
Monument Beach ride from Bendalong is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note

There's limited reception in this park.

Monument Beach ride from Bendalong is one of many cycling routes weaving through Conjola National Park. This route takes you along unsealed roads through turpentine and blackbutt forest to Monument Beach picnic area where there are scenic views of the rocky coastline and vast ocean.

The monument commemorates the wreck of the clipper ship Walter Hood, which was originally built for trade between Australia and China. In 1870, bound for Sydney, Walter Hood was caught in a gale and wrecked on the reef off Monument Beach. The monument is also the burial site of the captain and crew.

Pack a picnic and go for a cycle with family or friends along this well-signposted route. In spring the landscape will be alive with wildflowers such as wattle and banksia. You’ll also want to keep your binoculars handy to get a look at the many native birds these flowers attract.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Monument Beach ride from Bendalong.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Monument Beach ride from Bendalong is in the Bendalong precinct of Conjola National Park. To get there:

    • From Princes Highway, drive east along Bendalong Road.
    • Turn north onto Maple Street and drive to North Bendalong
    • Park in the council carpark at the end of Holly Street, or near Conjola National Park boundary at the end of Birch Road

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the council reserve on Holly Street, North Bendalong.

    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

    Facilities

    • Nearest toilets facilities are Monument Beach picnic area
    • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
    • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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    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.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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 dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Monument Beach ride from Bendalong 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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