Sandy Creek loop track

Bournda National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Bournda National Park
Distance
6km loop
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water

Sandy Creek loop track is a moderately challenging hiking trail that will keep you interested all the way round. The track passes through various natural habitats, such as dry sclerophyll forests, she-oak thickets, pockets of rainforest and an avenue of paper barks that fringe the picturesque Bournda Lagoon. The loop takes in the coastline, Sandy Beach Creek and Bournda Lake so bring along your swimmers and fishing rod.

Birdwatching is a great thing to do in Bournda, and you’ll be able to see and hear a range of birds while you’re walking this track. Keep an eye out for raucous glossy-black and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, and the graceful sea eagles can often be seen hunting along the coastline.

Remember to also look down occasionally to see if you can spot any delicate rock orchids. In spring the air is sweetened by the orchid’s perfume and by other native wildflowers such as those of the giant honey myrtle. Keep an eye out for swamp wallabies, kangaroos and water dragons.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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/sandy-creek-loop-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Sandy Creek loop track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    2 - 3hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    6km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Sandy Creek loop track is in the southern section of Bournda National Park.

To get there from the south:

  • Travel along Sapphire Coast Drive for approximately 6km
  • Take the Widgeram Road/North Tura turnoff and follow this road
  • Turn right at the T intersection into the carpark for the North Tura viewing platform and join the track from there

To get there from the north:

  • Travel along Sapphire Coast Drive to the Bournda Road/Hobart Beach campground turnoff
  • Follow this road for approximately 3km then take the right turn to Bournda Lagoon
  • After about 2.5km you will arrive at the Bournda Lagoon carpark from where the track begins

Parking

Parking is available nearby Sandy Creek loop track. Please note that a park use fee applies.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

As the weather cools but the waters are still warm, it's a great time to enjoy the Kangarutha walking track. Swim along the way at secluded beaches. It will feel like you have the place to yourself.

Spring

Enjoy the colours of wildflowers and the take in the smells of spring as the park comes alive. Head to the lookout at North Tura, find a sunny spot and look out for whales passing in the distance.

Summer

Discover the water activities on offer. Paddling at Bournda Lagoon, sailing on Wallagoot Lake, fishing at Wine Glass Bay or surfing and swimming at any one of the secluded beaches.

Facilities

  • Drinking water is not available in this area so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    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 + 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

    Gathering firewood

    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 (40 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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Merimbula (3 km)

    The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Tathra (19 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

    Sandy Creek loop 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.
    • 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.

    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'.

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    Sandy Creek loop track, Bournda National Park. Photo: BECC/NSW Government