Bournda Beach picnic area
(0km) Bournda Lagoon Carpark → Bournda Lagoon Lookout
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow on the sign ‘Walking Track’ keeping the lagoon on the left. The track soon meets a signposted hill, which it heads up, coming to an signposted intersection on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to the lookout. The track winds through the trees, up onto a rocky platform overlooking the lagoon and beach.
(0.24km) Bournda Lagoon Lookout → Int. North Tura Carpark and Bournda Lagoon Trk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign ‘Walking Track’, winding up the hill, then turning left and soon coming to a ‘Walking Track’ signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Walking Track’ arrow down the steps. The steps lead the walk beneath a line of cliffs, then the track turns left, down the hill, entering an area of rainforest vegetation (which is signposted). The track then continues down closer to the water where it turns right, and keeps the lagoon on the left for some time. The track then passes a whole lot of seats with a signpost marked ‘Study Area 1’. The track continues past this to more closely follow the waterline, on the left, coming to ‘Study Area 2’. The walk passes over a log then follows the track markers along the creek bank. The track then turns left, up the hill, and follows a rocky path over the hill and down to a dry creek crossing. The track crosses to the other side, where there is a signpost.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow up the rocky hill. The track winds along the hillside, with Sandy Beach Creek below on the right. The track soon descends from the hill, meandering through the bush, tending left (away from the creek) to a well-signposted intersection.
(2.58km) Int North Tura Carpark and Bournda Lagoon Trk → Int Bournda Lagoon and Tura Beach Trks
(2.58km) Int. North Tura Carpark and Bournda Lagoon Trk → Nth Tura Lookout
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Nth Tura Carpark’, heading down the track through the thick heath. The track winds a little as it passes into areas of open and closed heath, and also passes a ‘Walking Track’ sign. The walk continues for a short time to meet a signposted intersection with picnic tables at the car park.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the sign and the picnic tables, which are on the right, keeping the car park on your right. The walk comes to the middle of the car park where a fenced-track leads out onto a verandah.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign for ‘Viewing Platform’ out to the verandah lookout.
North Tura Lookout
North Tura Beach
(3.39km) Nth Tura Lookout → Int. Bournda Lagoon and Steps onto Beach Trks
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the walking tracks sign along the fence line, with the car park on your left. The walk continues to the picnic table and signpost.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign ‘Steps to Beach 80m’ down the hill. The walk winds down through the melaleuca trees to an unsignposted intersection with a set of stairs.
(3.48km) Int. Bournda Lagoon and Steps onto Beach Trks → Nth Tura Beach
(3.48km) Int Bournda Lagoon and Steps onto Beach Trks → Int. Bournda Lagoon and Island Trks
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Bournda Lagoon via Bournda Headland’, keeping the ocean on the right of the track. The track winds behind the dunes to soon come to a signposted intersection.
(4.44km) Int. Bournda Lagoon and Island Trks → Bournda Island
Veer left: From the bottom of the steps, this walk heads away from the stairs and across the beach towards Bournda Island. The walk continues along the sand to a small cave feature at the base of the island.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk keeps the cave feature on the right and climbs up the ridge of rock. The track winds along the left-hand side of the island, with the ocean below on the left. The walk heads up onto the hill with views of both North Tura and Bournda Beaches. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.
(4.44km) Int. Bournda Lagoon and Island Trks → Bournda Bch Sth
(4.61km) Bournda Bch Sth → Bournda Lagoon
(5.07km) Bournda Lagoon → Bournda Lagoon Car Park
Bournda Beach picnic area
Maps for the Bournda Lagoon via North Tura Lookout walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Wolumla||1:25 000 Map Series||88242N WOLUMLA||NSW-88242N|
|Bega||1:100 000 Map Series||8824 BEGA||8824|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km is very steep. Whilst another 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 140m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 60m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 45m follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 100m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 3.9km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
3.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.3km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (700m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
44 m Return
The wide and shady track to Bournda Lagoon slowly winds down to the edge of this wonderful lagoon. The Lagoon is fed by Sandy Beach Ck and is separated from Bournda Beach by a small sand dune. There are limited shaded spots once on the lagoon bank, but if you bring your own shade this is a great place to spend the day.
Total climbing: 3m
286 m Return
This walk is the most direct route from North Tura car park onto North Tura Beach. The walk has a viewing platform nearby which is well worth a visit for great views of the coast. The beach is not patrolled but is still a popular place for people wanting to body surf or swim. A great place for a quiet stroll along the sand.
Total climbing: 5m
306 m Return
This is a wonderful short loop down from the car park and onto North Tura Beach. The walk explores the beach, giving the chance to get sand between the toes, before returning to the car. The optional side trip to the lookout is well worth the effort with its great view of the coast.
Total climbing: 6m
466 m Circuit
This is a short walk that showcases Bournda Lagoon from a beautiful angle. The start of the walk is found at the Bournda Lagoon car park. The halfway point of the walk is the lookout above the lagoon, giving a great view across most of the lagoon and out to sea. After the walk you may want to head down to the beach and cool the feet off in the ocean.
Total climbing: 14m
482 m Return
The walk from Bournda Lagoon to North Tura passes a lagoon, two beaches, a tombola headland, dunes, heath land and stunning views of the coast. With all the different scenery there is plenty to do along this walk, so leave some extra time to thoroughly enjoy all that is on offer.
Total climbing: 22m
1.8 km One way
This walk passes Bournda Lagoon and crosses Bournda Beach to follow the headland to the island. Bournda Island divides North Tura and Bournda beaches. The island is exposed to the elements and provides stunning views along both beaches. The cave at the bottom of the island is interesting to explore when the surf conditions are safe.
Total climbing: 35m
2.1 km Return
This walk is a great way to enjoy the panoramic views from the lookout on Bournda Island. The views extend north up Bournda Beach and south all the way along North Tura beach. The walk mainly follows the beach, giving you a chance to feel the sand between the toes and get the feet wet when playing games with the incoming waves.
Total climbing: 30m
2.3 km Return
This walk from North Tura car park to Bournda Lagoon takes the inland route, away from the coast. The heath protects the walk as it winds through numerous vegetation types and then down across Sandy Beach Creek. The walk then follows the beautiful lagoon before heading up to the car park for the car shuffle or pick up.
Total climbing: 83m
3.5 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
From Hobart Beach camping area, this walk passes the hidden Bondi Lake to come to Bournda Lagoon. The lagoon is a wonderful oasis with the deep pool and sandy, shaded edges making a really pleasant area. The proximity to Bournda Beach also creates the opportunity to have a body surf. The track to Bournda Lagoon is well signposted from Hobart Beach camping area.
Total climbing: 43m
5 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
The walk to Bournda Island from Hobart Beach camping area is an excellent way to see some of the sights in Bournda National Park. The first half of this picturesque walk is mainly closed in by heath and melaleuca, with closeup views of the local environment. The second half enjoys panoramic views from the beach. The short track up the island gives more great views up and down the coast.
Total climbing: 70m
7.6 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This is an expansive walk out from Hobart Beach camping area taking in some of the best sights of Bournda National Park. The walk explores the area from the campsite, and around Bournda Lagoon, before following the beautiful North Tura and Bournda beaches back to the start. There is plenty of opportunity along this walk to get the toes wet and to simply enjoy your surroundings.
Total climbing: 139m
10.6 km Circuit
3 hrs 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
464 m Return
The walk from Hobart Beach camping area to Bournda Trig is a long walk, heading up the biggest hill in the area. The view from the top is shrouded by trees, giving visitors water glimpses and views of the ranges to the east. The walk is great exercise and explores a diverse range of environments in the park.
Total climbing: 251m
8 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
The walk from Hobart Beach camping area to Bondi Lake is an interesting one, mostly running parallel to the lake, which you can’t see, till the very end. The walk is shaded for most of the way due to the thick heath surrounding the track until it opens out onto Bondi Lake (dry when we walked it).
Total climbing: 42m
5 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
The track to the historic Scotts Hut is a great walk along the shores of Wallagoot Lake and Scotts Bay. The walk is well signposted as it leads into the open grass area of Scotts Hut picnic area. The hut itself is well worth an explore and a peek through the windows of this once pioneer home.
Total climbing: 6m
3.6 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
1.2 km Circuit
10.5 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This is a wonderful beach walk, to a more secluded beach. The walk crosses the dunes from Hobart Beach camping area and follows Wallagoot Beach north to Wallagoot Gap, just over the headland to the north. The Gap hides a small solitary beach which is a popular place for locals to swim or enjoy a quiet, lazy day at the beach (there are no patrols at the beach).
Total climbing: 70m
6 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk is a short route onto Wallagoot Beach. On the walk down to the beach you are rewarded with views across Wallagoot Lake as well as the long Wallagoot and Bournda Beaches. The beach is a popular place for swimming and in good conditions the rocks on the northern end of the beach provide some opportunities for exploring.
Total climbing: 37m
1 km Return
The walk to Games Bay from Wallagoot car park follows the picturesque coastline north. The walk is well signposted and the turquoise blue water is right next to the track as it winds onto the sandy beach of the bay. The secluded beach is a great place to spend a few hours splashing in the water and exploring the area.
Total climbing: 182m
5.2 km Return
Wallagoot Gap is a spectacular gorge, cut into the rock by the ocean. The Gap is a popular swimming spot where the water is channeled over a small reef and through the tall rock walls. The seclusion created by the tall walls of the beach give some protection from the wind and waves, but there is no lifeguard patrol. The walk down to Wallagoot Gap is well signposted and well maintained.
Total climbing: 22m
648 m Return
The walk to White Rock from Wallagoot Gap is an excellent way to experience the Bournda National Park coastline. The walk is scattered with many views of the coastline, with Games Bay, about halfway, a nice spot to cool down. The White Rocks provide a great picnic area (no facilities) for lunch before returning to Wallagoot car park.
Total climbing: 398m
9 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
194 m Circuit
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the South Coast weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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