Gerroa picnic area

Seven Mile Beach National Park

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Overview

Plan a day trip or make a detour from your road trip by heading to Gerroa picnic area. Picnic by the beach in an intimate bush setting, near Gerroa on the beautiful South Coast of NSW.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Seven Mile Beach National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Opening times

In summer, Gerroa picnic area is open from 6am until 8pm everyday closed overnight. In winter, the picnic area is open 6am to 6pm.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Surrounded by bush, yet only moments away from the beach, Gerroa picnic area is a perfect way to escape and unwind. It’s accessible and offers something for everyone, yet remarkably secluded and peaceful.

Find a grassy patch under the trees and spread out your blanket, or set up your feast on one of the picnic tables provided. After lunch, why not wander over the dunes to the nearby Seven Mile Beach for a swim or a spot of fishing? Take in fresh sea air and stroll along the golden stretch of beach.

If you enjoy birdwatching, take a walk through the forests along the Sand track walk (north) towards Beach Road picnic area. Look out for the white-naped Honeyeater, little wattlebird or the black-faced cuckoo-shrike. But when all else fails, just sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings with a good book and the sound of the waves breaking in the distance.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Gerroa picnic area is at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach National Park. To get there:

From Sydney or Wollongong:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway to Gerringong and drive south to Gerroa
  • 1.75 km south of the Crooked River Bridge, turn left at the signpost into the park and follow it 750m to the end.

From Nowra:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway onto Bolong Road which becomes Gerroa Road
  • Turn right onto the unsealed road at the northern edge of the park and follow it 750m to the end

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Gerroa picnic area, including a designated disabled spot.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Walk among the tall forest trees and enjoy a leisurely picnic surrounded by bush at Gerroa picnic area.

Spring

Enjoy the flowering wattles and birds nesting as you wander through the forest and dunes.

Summer

Start your day with an early morning swim, followed by breakfast at the beach picnic area, then a stroll along the long stretch of beach.

Winter

Feel the cool sea breeze on your face as you take in the tranquillity of the beach in winter, enjoy the scenic views, then head to the protected Beach Road picnic area for a leisurely lunch.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

42.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

2.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

728.7mm

Facilities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Drinking water

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.

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 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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

Wheelchair facilities:

  • Disabled toilet
  • Picnic table with extension for wheelchairs
  • Disabled parking bay

Permitted

Fishing

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

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park (no wood fires permitted).

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

Gerroa picnic area is in Seven Mile Beach National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal culture

Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach National Park. Photo: Christina Bullivant

The park’s beach, forest and wetland environments near Coomonderry Swamp were once important sources of food and materials for Aboriginal people. Part of the Dharawal language group, they had strong associations with other groups north to Sydney, inland to the southern highlands and south as far as Gippsland in Victoria. Today, you can see shell middens along the length of the foredune and in the forest. There are also several important ceremonial and culturally significant sites for Aboriginal people within the park.

  • Then and now: Aboriginal culture This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.

Aviation history

Looking along the beach, Seven Mile Beach National Park. Photo: Christina Bullivant

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith started his historic 1933 trans-Tasman flight to New Plymouth in New Zealand from Seven Mile Beach. This flight led to the inauguration of the trans-Tasman airmail service, making Seven Mile Beach a significant place in aviation history. In November 1933, Kingsford Smith ran passenger flights from the beach and in 1934, he used it for an emergency landing.

It's a wild world

Pied oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris), Seven Mile Beach National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

For animal-lovers, Seven Mile Beach National Park has lots to offer. There are great birdwatching opportunities in the tall forests and at Coomonderry Swamp. Rainbow lorikeets, king parrots, and rosellas can all be seen, whilst thornbills, wrens, New Holland honeyeaters and brown cuckoo doves are also in abundance. There are also plenty of small mammals to see, such as antechinus and a range of tree-dwelling mammal species. As you wander through the forests, keep your eyes out for the greater gliders found in the park. Gliders are best seen at night, so be sure to enquire about a spotlight walk with NPWS Discovery Ranger.

  • Sand track walk (north) Take the Sand track walk through the forest and admire the birdlife at Seven Mile Beach National Park, near Nowra. Pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy sweeping views at the end.

Unique landscape

Rocky coastline of Seven Mile Beach National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

This park supports several significant and endangered natural habitats. The forests are one of the last intact areas of Bangalay and blackbutt sand dune forest on the south coast. Coomonderry Swamp is also the only large semi-permanent freshwater wetland on the south coast. The area is significant as it shows a relatively intact example of a large scale dune barrier formed during the end of the last ice age, approximately 6000 years ago.

  • Sand track walk (north) Take the Sand track walk through the forest and admire the birdlife at Seven Mile Beach National Park, near Nowra. Pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy sweeping views at the end.
  • Sand track walk (south) Take the Sand track walk through the ancient and untouched forest at Seven Mile Beach National Park, near Nowra, where you can go fishing, swimming, birdwatching and picnic.

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