Conjola Beach picnic area

Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve

Overview

Spend the day at Conjola Beach picnic area exploring remote beaches, bushwalking, whale watching and birdwatching, in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, near Lake Conjola Village.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching

For a wonderful day exploring the unspoilt coastline of the NSW South Coast, gather the clan for a trip to Conjola Beach picnic area. Nestled near Lake Conjola Village, this idyllic picnic spot is a great base for adventurous families and walkers who are keen to discover the secluded charms of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.

Sheltered from the coastal winds, the picnic area is set back amongst the trees, only a short stroll to the beach. After a leisurely lunch at the tables, step out for a reviving walk along the golden sands or step out along Burrawang track - Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point.

It’s just a short walk to the nearby lookout with scenic coastal views that are sure to impress. It’s the perfect spot to look for sea eagles as well as for whale watching during their annual migration.

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/picnic-areas/conjola-beach-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Conjola Beach picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Conjola Beach Picnic area is in the Conjola Beach precinct of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • Turn east off Princes Highway at Yatte Yattah onto Lake Conjola Entrance Road (sign to Lake Conjola).
  • From Lake Conjola Village, turn south off Lake Conjola Entrance Road onto Thorn Street.
  • Follow the unsealed road to the reserve carpark (Conjola Beach picnic area).

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to the Conjola Beach picnic area can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Conjola Beach carpark.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The NSW South Coast is renowned as a great spot for whale and dolphin watching, so one of these beautiful giants of the sea could well be joining you on your park visit.

Spring

Enjoy tranquil walking along the park's scenic wetlands, indulging in a spot of birdwatching along the way.

Summer

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the park's coastal location and enjoy fishing and picnicking by the water's edge.

Winter

Warm yourself up with some scenic walking while wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

44.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

8.8°C and 16.2°C

Lowest recorded

5.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

May

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

160.9mm

Facilities

Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Picnic tables

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.

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).

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

Lake Conjola (1 km)

Lake Conjola is a deep coastal lake regularly open to the sea which provides a wonderful playground for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

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Nowra (42 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.

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Ulladulla (7 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

Conjola Beach picnic area is in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient fishing grounds

Narrawallee Inlet walk, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The reserve is situated within the traditional lands of the Wanda Wandian people and the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council. With nearby creeks, lagoons and beaches, this coastal oasis is likely to have been an important food-gathering area. The reserve protects Aboriginal middens and tool-making sites, as well as canoe and shield-making trees.

Diverse landscapes

Views along Burrawang track, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

This unique reserve protects a staggering variety of landscapes in a relatively small area, making it a region of incredible beauty as well as conservation importance. Here you can wander a veritable smorgasbord of woodlands, swamps, lagoons and lakes. Explore the range of landscapes and see if you can spot the changing forests from swamplands to dunes.

  • Burrawang track - Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point North of Ulladulla, Burrawang track leads from Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point, offering fantastic fishing and birdwatching in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.
  • Pattimores Lagoon Near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast, tranquil Pattimores Lagoon in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve offers a viewing platform for birdwatching with scenic wetland views.

Historic remnants

Pattimores Lagoon, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

Between the First and Second World Wars, silica was extensively mined near Pattimore's Lagoon. Now protected, you can wander the remains of the silica mining era and discover cuttings, mounds and even an old tram line that is now being taken back by mother nature. In the early 1900s, as well as a small amount of grazing, there was some selective logging of turpentine and blackbutt from the forests. There are still some tall stumps with notches that show where springboards were placed by the axemen.

Rare nesting grounds

Pelicans (Pelecanus), Narrawallee Creek Nature. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The beaches are some of the most important nesting and feeding areas for the critically endangered hooded plover and endangered pied oystercatcher. These distinctive birds can be seen nesting during spring and summer. This unique reserve protects a type of swamp forest that is dominated by the swamp mahogany, which in turn is an important food source for several threated species including the swift parrot, regent honeyeater and yellow-bellied glider.

  • Conjola Beach picnic area Spend the day at Conjola Beach picnic area exploring remote beaches, bushwalking, whale watching and birdwatching, in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, near Lake Conjola Village.
  • Narrawallee Inlet walking track Enjoy walking or cycling through the coastal forests of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve along Narrwallee Inlet walking track, offering great birdwatching and fishing.

Education resources (1)

Narrawallee National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk