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Goolawah Regional Park

Overview

Goolawah Regional Park was created in May 2010. It covers an area of 65.7ha. For detailed park and fire management documents, visit the OEH website.

Goolawah Regional Park is notable for a lack of development – a fact which draws visitors wanting to go camping, swimming, snorkelling, birdwatching or whale watching in peace.

Along with Goolawah National Park it provides a link between Hat Head and Limeburners Creek national parks. The regional park stretches from Racecourse Headland in the north to Big Hill in the south.

Visitors come to Goolawah Regional Park to enjoy a dog-friendly camping experience at Delicate campground. Facilities are basic, the sheltered beaches are pristine, and wildlife is plentiful around the rocky shores and reefs. This is where the East Australian Current comes closest to the coastline, providing a terrific vantage point over migrating whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds. Goolawah is also an important area for the conversation of dingoes, and visitors often sight them around the campground or along the beaches.

Goolawah means ‘yesterday’ in the Dunghutti language. The land is significant to local Aboriginal people, and their word for it is appropriate. Goolawah is exactly like yesterday – untouched by the footprint of development. This is what draws back visitors year after year.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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Goolawah Regional Park. Photo: Sue Brookhouse