Canoe Bournda Lagoon

Bournda National Park

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Overview

Paddle along pristine Bournda Lagoon on a guided canoeing adventure in Bournda National Park. Find out about the park's waterways and see the park from a unique perspective on this family-friendly tour.

When

Dates: Wednesday 28 December 2022 and 4 January 2023. Tuesday 10 January, 17 January and 24 January 2023.

Time: All tours 10am to 12pm, meet at 9.45am

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and teens 17 years and over. No canoeing experience needed.
Price

Adult/child $42 per person.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
Bournda Lagoon carpark
Equipment
provided
Yes. Life vests, canoe and instructions are provided.
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, insect repellent, sturdy shoes
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
Availability
Group bookings available on request, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Earliest start 10am, latest finish 3pm. Minimum $500 per group (6 participants minimum). For group bookings, email or phone 02 6495 5000 or 0448 765 381.
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Join an NPWS guide on an easy canoe trip along beautiful Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park. You'll be paddling one of the most picturesque waterways of the Sapphire Coast.

Previous canoeing experience is not required. The waterway is calm and sheltered, making this the perfect family-friendly activity. Keep your eyes peeled for rock orchids, water dragons, kingfishers and the occasional sea eagle as you make your way across the lagoon.

Afterwards, why not enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of the paperbarks before cooling off with a dip or taking a self-guided walk through the park.

Bring drinking water and snacks, and wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and enclosed shoes.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Canoe Bournda Lagoon.

Getting there and parking

Bournda Lagoon is in the southern part of Bournda National Park. To get there:

  • Travel along Sapphire Coast Drive
  • Turn onto Bournda Road, which has a signpost to Hobart Beach campground, and follow this road into the national park.
  • Take the first right to Bournda Lagoon and follow to the end

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Bournda Lagoon carpark.

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible.

Learn more

Canoe Bournda Lagoon is in Bournda National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Birdwatchers haven

Wallagoot Lake, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

With around 200 species of birds in the area, Bournda is a birdwatcher's paradise. The estuarine wetlands at the eastern end of Wallagoot Lake provide roosting and feeding areas for a large variety of waders and waterfowl. Keep your eyes out for threatened species like the little tern, hooded plover and pied oystercatcher. Bondi Lake is the largest freshwater lake situated behind coastal dunes in the region, and is another important habitat for waterbirds.

  • Bournda Lagoon Bournda Lagoon is an ideal spot within Bournda National Park, near North Tura, where kids can swim, fish and go paddling and picnic among the paper barks.
  • Bournda workshops to awaken your wild side Activate your wild self and boost your sense of well-being on these delightful workshops with Wild Cherry Nature Connection, inspired by the natural beauty of Bournda National Park, near Tathra.
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  • Dragons in the forest tour Embark on this beautiful 6km loop walk along the picturesque Sapphire Coast. Guided by an NPWS Discovery Ranger, we'll pass the pristine Sandy Beach Creek and Bournda Lagoon.
  • Kangarutha walking track Kangarutha walking track, in Bournda National Park, is a hiking route with scenic coastal views and birdwatching, picnicking and swimming opportunities along the way.
  • Sandy Creek loop track Taking in Bournda Lagoon, Sandy Creek and pockets of dry sclerophyll forest, Sandy Creek loop track is a hike in Bournda National Park on the far South Coast.
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Get active

Kianinny Bay picnic area, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

With so much to do, there's no excuse not to get active in Bournda. The beaches and waterways offer a range of options for watersport enthusiasts - waterskiing, boating, paddling, sail boarding, fishing, swimming and surfing. The coastal walk is perfect for hikers and those hoping to spot migrating whales. And for cyclists, the roads throughout the park are an extensive network to navigate on your bike.

  • Bournda workshops to awaken your wild side Activate your wild self and boost your sense of well-being on these delightful workshops with Wild Cherry Nature Connection, inspired by the natural beauty of Bournda National Park, near Tathra.
  • Dragons in the forest tour Embark on this beautiful 6km loop walk along the picturesque Sapphire Coast. Guided by an NPWS Discovery Ranger, we'll pass the pristine Sandy Beach Creek and Bournda Lagoon.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 2 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

Ships ahoy

Kianinny Bay picnic area, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

There's plenty of fascinating heritage in Bournda, dating back to the 1830s when European settlement of the district began. Today, you can still see anchor bolts at Kangarutha Point, which was established as a port with Kianinny Bay in 1859. It's also believed the existing track to the point, and parts of the coastal walk, were once used to supply ships anchored there, and transport produce and passengers. Some building remains can also be found around Games Bay, which was cleared for dairy farming by settler Mr Games.

The land of generations

Turingal Head, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Bournda has been a special place for the Dhurga and Yuin people for thousands of years, with its plentiful food supply and quarry for making tools. As you explore the park and its wildlife, it'll be no surprise that 'Bournda' means 'place of tea tree and kangaroos'.

  • Bournda bush tucker tour Walk alongside an NPWS Aboriginal guide on this easy stroll through Bournda National Park. Join the search for traditional bush tucker and medicine plants on this cultural tour near Bega.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
  • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 2 HSIE excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
  • Traditional weaving workshop: Bournda Get creative on a traditional weaving workshop in Bournda National Park, near Bega. Learn Aboriginal weaving techniques and see how these ancient skills carry a strong connection to Aboriginal culture.

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