Conjola National Park

Overview

Boasting lakes, ocean and forests, Conjola National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise, offering bushwalking, swimming, mountian biking, canoeing, and fishing.

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There aren’t many places where lakes, cascading creeks, the ocean and vast forests come together. But Conjola National Park has it all, and only 2 hours from Sydney. This natural gem has a huge range of attractions within a short distance of some of the small settlements on the south coast of NSW.

A network of tracks and trails through the park can be used for cycling, bushwalking, horse riding and car touring. Those who love the water can canoe on Swan Lake or swim at Berrara Beach. Berrara is an indigenous word for ‘snapper’, so it’s a great place to throw in a fishing line in as well.

For nature-lovers, Conjola is a wild paradise. During spring, wildlflowers are abundant. The park’s large variety of plant life also means there’s a huge range of animals and birds. Eastern grey kangaroos and echidnas are common, but the noisy black cockatoos are a visitor favourite.

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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/visit-a-park/parks/conjola-national-park/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Conjola National Park.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Conjola National Park is accessible via a number of points along the Princes Highway – look for the signposts to particular areas.

    • From Sussex Inlet, take The Springs Road to Goonawarra Drive and other park roads.
    • From Ulladulla or Bendalong, turn north from Bendalong Road onto Cedar Road to reach the Monument Beach picnic area.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    As the temperature cools slightly, this a great time to get active in the park with some bushwalking and mountain biking.

    Spring

    The wildflowers – waratahs and wattle among them – are in full bloom, bringing with them large numbers of birds. You might even be lucky enough to spot the rare Scalet Honeyeater or Little Lorikeet.

    Summer

    Hot weather means plenty of time for the beach and water. Keep an eye open for the endangered hooded plover and other shorebirds foraging on the sand.

    Winter

    The light is clear and beautiful and the beaches and trails very quiet – just the thing if you prefer exploring with few other people around.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    19°C and 24°C

    Highest recorded

    40.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    May

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    316.7mm

    Facilities

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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    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

    Lake Conjola (29 km)

    Lake Conjola is a deep coastal lake regularly open to the sea which provides a wonderful playground for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

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    Ulladulla (35 km)

    Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

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    Nowra (45 km)

    Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.

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    Learn more

    Conjola National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Maritime monument

    Monument Beach ride from Bendalong, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    In 1870, 12 men lost their lives when the clipper Walter Hood struck rocks off the coast between Bendalong and Berrara. A monument, erected in 1927, marks the burial site of the drowned captain and crew. it is a short walk from the Monument Beach picnic area.

    • Monument Beach picnic area Set in a forest behind the beach, Monument Beach picnic area is a quiet base from which to take a short walk and learn about the history of the area.
    • Nerindillah Lagoon walking track The short and easy Nerindillah Lagoon walking track takes in Monument Beach, historic heritage including the Walter Hood monument, and is great for birdwatching.

    Driving force

    Couple walking on Monument Beach, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Jarman

    You can easily explore Conjola from the comfort of your car. Some of the tracks and trails that take you through forests, past the lakes and to the ocean are even accessible for 2WD vehicles in dry weather. One of the most popular drives is from Cudmirrah to Monument Beach picnic ground, following Goonawarra Drive, Blackbutt Road and Cedar Road. Just take care as you're driving along, because you'll be sharing the trails with cyclists, walkers and horse-riders as well as wildlife, which also cross the tracks mainly in the early morning and late afternoon.

    • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.
    • Monument Beach picnic area Set in a forest behind the beach, Monument Beach picnic area is a quiet base from which to take a short walk and learn about the history of the area.

    Animal planet

    Banksia (Banksia ericifolia) Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    With open forests and scrubland, there are plenty of places to find Conjola's wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for eastern grey kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, brushtail possums and gliders, along with a huge range of cockatoos and parrots, black swans and herons. As well as providing the perfect place for swimming, canoeing, fishing and water sports, the three lakes adjacent to the park - Conjola, Berringer and Swan - are a significant habitat for many birds, such as little terns, the endangered hooded plover and pied oystercatchers.

    • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.
    • Heath Circuit Get close to nature on Heath Circuit, a 24km loop bike ride along signposted trails.

    Aboriginal influence

    Swan Lake, Conjola National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    The land around Conjola National Park has been home for the Budawang and Yuin people for about 6000 years. There are many Aboriginal sites in the area, including middens, campsites and rock shelters. At Fishermans Rock, the midden contains fragments of mussels and mud oysters that were once meals for the local Aboriginal people. You'll also see some axe-grinding grooves in the sandstone.

    • Berrara Creek Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.

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    What we're doing

    Conjola National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Berrera creek, Conjola National Park