Stokes Island picnic area
Meroo National Park
Stokes Island picnic area is an idyllic place to picnic by the beach with options for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, birdwatching and relaxing by the beach.
- Picnic areas
- Meroo National Park
- What to
- Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
- Please note
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching.
If you are looking for a picturesque place to picnic, then you can’t go past Stokes Island picnic area. Surrounded by bangalay-banksia forest, it’s an idyllic beach spot that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Throw down a picnic rug, immerse yourself in a good book and laze away the day with the sound of waves crashing behind you.
Discover the marine life on the rock platform, or cast your fishing line and see what you can catch at this popular fishing spot. Play a game of beach cricket, throw the footy with the kids, or just enjoy swimming, surfing and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. If you enjoy birdwatching, make sure you remember your binoculars to enjoy the abundant birdlife in the area.
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/stokes-island-picnic-area/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Meroo National Park in the South Coast region
Meroo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about the Stokes Island picnic area.
Getting there and parking
Stokes Island picnic area is in the Termeil Point precinct in the southern part of Meroo National Park. To get there:
- Travel south on the Princes Highway from Ulladulla
- Approximately 14km south of Ulladulla turn left into Blackbutt Road
- Continue for approximately 2km to the fork in the road
- Turn left and follow for approximately 200m, then veer to the left to the Stokes Island carpark, opposite the toilets.
- Follow the walking track 150m to the picnic area
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Stokes Island picnic area can become boggy when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- Dry weather only
Parking is available at the carpark; a short walk from Stokes Island picnic area.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Meroo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Enjoy the serenity on the water while paddling a canoe or kayak in one of the park's coastal lakes.
Escape your busy city life and spend a night at one of the beachside camping areas.
Head to Termeil Beach or Pot Holes Beach for a day of swimming, surfing and beach fishing.
Rug up and take in spectacular coastal views from Nuggan Point walking track.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
9°C and 27°C
0°C and 13°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
- Flush toilets
Maps and downloads
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
Batemans Bay (49 km)
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Bawley Point (9 km)
Some of the beaches around Bawley Point are popular with surfers looking for the best waves along the coast. But there are plenty of other beaches where you can swim, picnic or simply watch kangaroos enjoying the surf.
Ulladulla (29 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.
Stokes Island picnic area is in Meroo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Amazing wildlife haven
Meroo and Termeil Lakes are listed in the National Directory of Important Australian Wetlands and stand out for their abundance and diversity of mammals and frogs. The park also has at least 12 threatened wildlife species, including significant populations of the nationally endangered green and golden bell frog. As you explore the coastline keep a lookout to spot dolphins and whales off the coast. Thee's also excellent opportunities for birdwatching at Meroo. You'll see ducks, swans, pelicans, honeyeaters, superb blue wrens and pied oystercatchers. You might also spot sea eagles or an osprey soaring overhead. And if you're really lucky, you might even see a pair of hooded plover. There are less than 25 pairs known to occur in NSW, and the Meroo, Termeil and Willinga Lake entrances are prime breeding habitats for this vulnerable species.
- Meroo Lake walking track Wrap yourself in the tranquillity of calm coastal waters at Meroo Lake walking track. Enjoy paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching and walking in a pristine natural landscape.
- Tabourie Lake Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.
Pristine natural landscapes
The coastal lakes, foreshores and wetlands you'll find in Meroo are outstanding examples of pristine natural environments. Only 10% of NSW estuaries remain in such a natural condition. This unspoilt landscape supports endangered ecological communities like the swamp oak floodplain forest and bangalay-banksia dry forest and helps to protect vulnerable plant species such as the tangled bedstraw and leafless tongue orchid.
- Meroo Head lookout walking track You can’t miss the spectacular coastal views from Meroo Head lookout walking track. It’s an easy walking track and a great place for birdwatching and whale watching.
- Nuggan Point walking track Go walking or mountain biking on this easy trail. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, fishing, whale watching and birdwatching at Nuggan Point, then stop at Meroo Beach for a swim.
Rich Aboriginal culture
Meroo National Park forms part of the traditional lands of the Budawang and Murramarang tribes, who are part of the Dhurga language group. Meroo Lake has important spiritual significance for local Aboriginal groups because, along with other lakes in the region, it is connected to the Pigeon House Didthul creation stories that connect them with their country and ancestor spirits. The park is rich with archaeological sites including shell middens, open campsites, artefact scatters, stone arrangements, rock shelters and a burial site.
- Giriwa walking track Discover Aboriginal cultural heritage along Giriwa walking track, in Meroo National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Burrill Lake, near Ulladulla, then stop for a picnic, swim or kayak.