Kangarutha walking track

Bournda National Park

Open, check current alerts 

Overview

Kangarutha walking track, in Bournda National Park, is a hiking route with scenic coastal views and birdwatching, picnicking and swimming opportunities along the way.

Distance
9km one-way
Time suggested
3hrs 30min - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

The Kangarutha walking track is open every day. Walking at night is not recommended as the track is uneven in places and passes close to cliffs.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching or whale watching.

Kangarutha walking track is a challenging walk along Bournda National Park’s rugged coastline. Gather your more energetic friends and family members together to spend a day exploring the pebbly beaches, sandy bays, pockets of rainforest and cliff-tops sections that this hiking route offers. Pack a picnic and find a lunch spot along the way with scenic ocean views. Enjoy swimming at one of the secluded beaches along the way.

From October to November, whales can often be seen migrating so bring your binoculars along. Keep them handy for birdwatching too as yellow-tailed and glossy black cockatoos are a common sight along this coast all year round.

There are various access points to Kangarutha walking track, so it can be broken into smaller walks such as Kianinny Bay to Boulder Bay, Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to Turingal Head, or part of the way to White Rock Quarry.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Map


Map legend

Map legend

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/kangarutha-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kangarutha walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

9km one-way

Time

3hrs 30min - 4hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Gradient

Short steep hills

Steps

Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Kangarutha walking track is in the north of Bournda National Park. There are three access points.

    From Tathra:

    • Head to the boat ramp at Kianinny Bay, walk across the footbridge and start the walk from there.

    From White Rock Road, opposite Kianinny Cabins:

    • Opposite the cabins, which are on Bega-Tathra Road, is a dirt road called White Rock Road that leads to White Rock Quarry. Kangarutha walking track crosses the road near the old quarry.

    From Turingal Head carpark:

    • This is reached via Sapphire Coast Drive and Wallagoot Lake Road. After passing the boat club, park at Turingal Head carpark then take a short walk to Wallagoot Gap (also known as Wineglass Bay).

    Parking

    Parking is available at Kianinny Bay, Turingal Head and also at White Rock with a 3km walk to Kangarutha walking track.

    Best times to visit

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

    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Kangarutha walking track is in Bournda National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Birdwatchers haven

    Wallagoot Lake, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    With around 200 species of birds in the area, Bournda is a birdwatcher's paradise. The estuarine wetlands at the eastern end of Wallagoot Lake provide roosting and feeding areas for a large variety of waders and waterfowl. Keep your eyes out for threatened species like the little tern, hooded plover and pied oystercatcher. Bondi Lake is the largest freshwater lake situated behind coastal dunes in the region, and is another important habitat for waterbirds.

    • Bournda Lagoon Bournda Lagoon is an ideal spot within Bournda National Park, near North Tura, where kids can swim, fish and go paddling and picnic among the paper barks.
    • Bournda workshops to awaken your wild side Activate your wild self and boost your sense of well-being on these delightful workshops with Wild Cherry Nature Connection, inspired by the natural beauty of Bournda National Park, near Tathra.
    • Kangarutha walking track Kangarutha walking track, in Bournda National Park, is a hiking route with scenic coastal views and birdwatching, picnicking and swimming opportunities along the way.
    • Sandy Creek loop track Taking in Bournda Lagoon, Sandy Creek and pockets of dry sclerophyll forest, Sandy Creek loop track is a hike in Bournda National Park on the far South Coast.

    Get active

    Kianinny Bay picnic area, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    With so much to do, there's no excuse not to get active in Bournda. The beaches and waterways offer a range of options for watersport enthusiasts - waterskiing, boating, paddling, sail boarding, fishing, swimming and surfing. The coastal walk is perfect for hikers and those hoping to spot migrating whales. And for cyclists, the roads throughout the park are an extensive network to navigate on your bike.

    • Bournda workshops to awaken your wild side Activate your wild self and boost your sense of well-being on these delightful workshops with Wild Cherry Nature Connection, inspired by the natural beauty of Bournda National Park, near Tathra.
    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 History excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 Geography excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, Living Culture – a Stage 2 History excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

    Ships ahoy

    Kianinny Bay picnic area, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    There's plenty of fascinating heritage in Bournda, dating back to the 1830s when European settlement of the district began. Today, you can still see anchor bolts at Kangarutha Point, which was established as a port with Kianinny Bay in 1859. It's also believed the existing track to the point, and parts of the coastal walk, were once used to supply ships anchored there, and transport produce and passengers. Some building remains can also be found around Games Bay, which was cleared for dairy farming by settler Mr Games.

    The land of generations

    Turingal Head, Bournda National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Bournda has been a special place for the Dhurga and Yuin people for thousands of years, with its plentiful food supply and quarry for making tools. As you explore the park and its wildlife, it'll be no surprise that 'Bournda' means 'place of tea tree and kangaroos'.

    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 History excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 Geography excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
    • Living Country, living culture Join us for Living Country, Living Culture – a Stage 2 History excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

    Education resources (1)

    School excursions (3)