Middle Lagoon walking track

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Overview

Middle Lagoon walking track, in Mimosa Rocks National Park, is a short walk through forest to a coastal lagoon where birdwatching opportunities abound.

Where
Mimosa Rocks National Park
Distance
0.2km
Time suggested
30min
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at the beaches and estuaries within Mimosa Rocks National Park. For more information on staying safe at the beach, see our beach safety page.
  • There are many patrolled beaches nearby, please see Surf Life Saving Australia.

Middle Lagoon walking track leads through beautiful coastal bushland featuring the ancient burrawangs – a cycad that grows abundantly on the south coast of NSW. Just north of Tathra, this short track winds through a diverse range of vegetation to the shore of Middle Lagoon. It’s a great spot to bring the family or visitors to introduce them to the natural beauty of the region, with loads of wildlife and great birdwatching.

Wallabies and kangaroos are often seen near the tranquil waters of the lagoon, as well as sea eagles, pelicans and black swans. When you reach the coast, enjoy a refreshing swim or surf. You might see dolphins frolicking in the waves, or perhaps whales during their annual migration.

Retrace your steps and enjoy a leisurely picnic at the nearby tables, or if you’re tempted, stay overnight at nearby Middle Beach campground or Myer House.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/middle-lagoon-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Middle Lagoon walking track is in the central precinct of Mimosa Rocks National Park. To get there, turn east off Bermagui-Tathra Road onto Haighs Road and follow to the end of the road to the carpark.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Middle Lagoon walking track can become slippery when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at Middle Beach carpark. It can be a busy place on weekends, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    Head to one of the park's headlands for great whale watching – don't forget your binoculars for up close views.

    Summer

    A great time for a family camping holiday by the beach, try Aragunnu campground or Gillards campground .

    Winter

    Keep your eyes on the parks winter-flowering plants, like spotted gums, mugga ironbark and coastal banksia for honeaters and lorikeets.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    44.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    -8.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February and March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    454.2mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    This attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    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.

    If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Bega (293 km)

    With its forests, lush pastures and a coastline sculpted into a succession of wonders by the sea, the Sapphire Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town that's the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original, tells the story of cheese-making production in the area.

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    Bermagui (317 km)

    Bermagui is a colourful port, famous for its deep-sea fishing. It's on the estuary of the Bermagui River, close to national parks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Tathra (67 km)

    Tathra is a small coastal township clustered around a historic sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast of Australia.

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    Learn more

    Middle Lagoon walking track is in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Ancient connections

    Mongarlowe River, Dasyurus picnic area, Monga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Mimosa Rocks National Park lies within the traditional Country of the Yuin people who have inhabited the region for thousands of years, climbing these headlands, swimming in the rivers and lakes, crossing the sand dunes and walking the beaches. The plants and animals within the park were a source of food, medicine and shelter for the Yuin people and the park's landscape is strongly connected to Dreaming stories. Be sure to take the Mimosa Rocks walk for an insight into the Aboriginal heritage within the park.

    • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.

    Bygone eras

    Moon Bay, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    White settlers arrived in the Bega Valley in the 1830s, attracted by its grazing and farming potential, with Bega township being established in 1851. In its earliest years the town traders used Moon Bay as a regional port shipping Timber and sheep products from its sheltered waters. You can still see a log-slide and mooring ring from bygone days, or take a walk to 'Riverview' in the park's south-east, the remains of these historic premises have important associations with the 19th century timber and coastal shipping industries. 

    • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.
    • Moon Bay A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.

    Plant spectacular

    Mimosa Rocks walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    When you’re driving from the south and about to cross the Bega River, you are sure to notice the knife edge boundary of spotted gum, with an understorey of burrawang palms; characteristic vegetation of Mimosa Rocks National Park. When exploring the dunes and cliffs of the park you’ll see coastal banksia, coast wattle and drooping she-oak that can withstand winds and salty air. Check the gullies for the tubular flowers of the endangered chefs hat correa, so called because it’s a similar shape to a chef’s hat.

    • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.
    • Moon Bay A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.

    Wildlife haven

    Middle Lagoon walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    The park provides refuge for koalas, swamp wallabies and ringtail possums, to name a few. Of an evening at Aragunnu campground, you may not see yellow-bellied gliders flitting between trees, but you might be able to hear their distinctive cackling sound that cuts through the silence of the night. At Gillards campground you may well see a long-nosed potoroo. About the size of a rabbit, they look quite similar to a bandicoot, except that they hop in a similar way to a kangaroo. The potoroo is nocturnal, so you are most likely to see them in the evening. The park is an important stop for many migratory birds that nest along the park’s coastline. Look along the beaches and rock platforms – you may see threatened hooded plovers or pied oystercatchers. The bar-tailed godwit stops by briefly in summer during its migration from Alaska to New Zealand. It’s a well deserved stop off as the bar-tailed godwit makes the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and the longest journey without pausing to feed by any animal. Look for them around the park’s lakes and lagoons.

    • Wajurda Point lookout Wajurda Point lookout, in Mimosa Rocks National Park offers coastal and ocean views with seasonal whale watching opportunities.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Sugar glider. Photo: Jeff Betteridge

      Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

      The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.

    Plants

    • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

      Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

      The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

    •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

      Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

      The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

    • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

      The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

    •  Grey mangrove, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

      Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)

      Grey mangrove is the most common and widespread mangrove found within intertidal zones across Australia, and throughout the world. Growing to a height of 3-10m, they thrive best in estuaries with a mix of fresh and salt water. They excrete excess salt through their long thick leaves, and absorb oxygen through their aerial root system.

    Environments in this park

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    Middle Lagoon walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: John Yurasek