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Waalimma picnic area

South East Forests National Park


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

Picnic areas
South East Forests National Park
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 Forests 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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Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in South East Forests National Park in the South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions
  • South East Forests National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Bombala office
      02 6458 5900
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm.
    • 153 Maybe Street, Bombala NSW 2632
    • Merimbula
      02 6495 5000
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods, 10am to 3pm.
    • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
    • Email:
      Fax: 02 6495 5055
    • Narooma office
      02 4476 0800
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm. Closed public holidays.
    • 9 Burrawang Street, Cnr Graham Street, Narooma NSW 2456
See more visitor info
Waalimma picnic area, South Easts Forest National Park. Photo: John Spencer