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Waalimma picnic area

South East Forest National Park

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Located near both Bega and Bombala on the NSW south coast, Waalimma picnic area in South East Forest National Park is great for birdwatching, bushwalking and camping.

Picnic areas
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • The sandy beaches along the Genoa River provide excellent places to set up camp but be vigilant because if it rains heavily and you’re camped close to the water’s edge, the river can rise rapidly.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

The beautifully secluded Waalimma picnic area is a fantastic place to pause before or after completing a walk into the Genoa wilderness.

Located near the Waalimma campground, fringed by red box eucalyptus, this great picnic spot is equipped with fire rings, picnic tables and an education and visitor centre.

This remote part of South East Forest National Park, characterised by impressive Devonian geology with sheer cliffs, large waterholes and sandy beaches, is beloved by experienced, self-reliant bushwalkers.

Venture down here with some goodies to munch and be immersed in the beauty and tranquillity of your surroundings. As well as picnicking and beginning a hike from this serene vantage point, you can head out for a river swim, go exploring or rock-hopping, or indulge in a spot of birdwatching.

Listen at night to the conversation of nocturnal birds, including sooty owls and southern boobooks, known as ‘mopokes’, and keep an eye out for more emblematic Aussie wildlife. Wallabies, dingoes, emus and wombats are part of this bush neighbourhood, along with lizards, snakes and possums.

Many walks to and from Waalimma picnic area involve on-foot river crossings, so visit in the warmer weather of summer, early autumn or late spring to avoid an icy-cold dip.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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