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Cullendulla Beach track

Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve

Overview

A secluded stretch of sand in the protected waters of Batemans Bay, Cullendulla Beach offers terrific swimming, birding and a great place to launch a canoe up the creek.

Where
Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Medium
Distance
2km return
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Shore birds are best seen on low tide. It’s a good idea to check the tides charts beforehand.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Recreational fishing is allowed in the bay. However, Cullendulla Creek is a sanctuary zone, so it’s a good idea to check the recreational fishing maps for permitted activities.

Just an easy walk along a beautiful boardwalk, Cullendulla Beach has pride of place in the nature reserve, right at the mouth of the creek where it enters the bay. Superb views to Snapper Island and the Tollgate Islands are paired with plenty of things to do, including picnicking.

In low tide, this is a great spot for birding, with local and migratory species such as curlews and oystercatchers feeding on the sandy flats near the beach. Sometimes large flocks of swans collect nearby, offering dramatic displays when they take off or land on the bay. Though unpatrolled, the water’s relative calmness means Cullendulla Beach also offers an opportunity to swim. Or for something a little more adventurous, drag out the canoe and drift up the creek for a leisurely afternoon.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.
Beach sky, Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve