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Kangarutha Track
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.4 km ESE of Tathra
Length: 8.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Bournda National Park
Climb: 453 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 453 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

The Kangarutha Track takes walkers from Tathra south to near Wallagoot Gap. The walk explores about half of the Bournda National Park coast line. This coastline has many beautiful bays and scenic ocean views. There are a few bays where you would be able to have a splash to cool yourself down on those warmer days. Allow time to rest and enjoy the view from these secluded bays and headlands. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
HIGH (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Kangarutha Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Kangarutha Track
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Kianinny Boat Ramp
Kianinny Park
Kianinny Bay Lookout
Int. Kangarutha and Wild Horse Bay Lookout Trks
Int. Boulder Bay Access and Kangarutha Trks
Boulder Bay
Boulder Bay Service Trail and Kangarutha Trk
White Posted Bay
Rock Beach
U-shaped rock gully
Int. Kangarutha Trk Nth and White Rock Rd
White Rock Carpark
Int. Kangarutha Trk Nth and White Rock Rd
Int. White Rock Rd and Kangarutha Trk Sth
Bay Nth of Games Bay
Games Bay Service Trail Access Trk
Games Bay
Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks
Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks
Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks
Starting point for this hiking track: Kianinny Boat Ramp

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Photo Gallery

 
Kianiny Bay car park
 
Kianiny Bay car park +
 
Playground in Kianiny Bay picnic area
 
Playground in Kianiny Bay picnic area +
 
Bridge from Kianiny picnic area
 
Bridge from Kianiny picnic area +

 
Stairs up from Kianiny Bay
 
Stairs up from Kianiny Bay +
 
Walker at Kianiny lookout
 
Walker at Kianiny lookout +
 
Track towards White Horse Bay from Kianiny Bay
 
Track towards White Horse Bay from Kianiny Bay +

 
Stairs into small gully
 
Stairs into small gully +
 
Bark on melaleuca
 
Bark on melaleuca +
 
Arrow marker along track
 
Arrow marker along track +

 
Boulder Bay arrow marker
 
Boulder Bay arrow marker +
 
Rocky coastline below Kangarutha Track
 
Rocky coastline below Kangarutha Track +
 
White post in the bay
 
White post in the bay +

 
Kangarutha Track south of Boulder Bay
 
Kangarutha Track south of Boulder Bay +
 
Rock pool at rocky beach
 
Rock pool at rocky beach +
 
Grass platform south of rocky bay
 
Grass platform south of rocky bay +

 
Stairs out of rocky beach
 
Stairs out of rocky beach +
 
Track through the heath
 
Track through the heath +
 
Inlet north of White Rock
 
Inlet north of White Rock +

 
U-shaped rock gully
 
U-shaped rock gully +
 
Shady track through the heath
 
Shady track through the heath +
 
Stairs on Kangarutha Track
 
Stairs on Kangarutha Track +

 
Kangarutha Track north of White Rock
 
Kangarutha Track north of White Rock +
 
White Rock Rd
 
White Rock Rd +
 
Giant ant mound marking the track
 
Giant ant mound marking the track +

 
Track to coast, off Kangarutha Track
 
Track to coast, off Kangarutha Track +
 
Small banksia in tree hollow
 
Small banksia in tree hollow +
 
Games Bay sign
 
Games Bay sign +

 
Arrow marker beside Kangarutha Track
 
Arrow marker beside Kangarutha Track +
 
Seed pod
 
Seed pod +
 
White post marking the track
 
White post marking the track +

 
Kangartha Track north of Wallagoot Gap
 
Kangartha Track north of Wallagoot Gap +
 
Old farm fence post
 
Old farm fence post +
 
Kangarutha Track north of Wallagoot Gap
 
Kangarutha Track north of Wallagoot Gap +

 
Track through heath to Wallagoot Gap
 
Track through heath to Wallagoot Gap +
 
Wallagoot Gap
 
Wallagoot Gap +
 
Sign for Kangarutha Track
 
Sign for Kangarutha Track +

 
Track away from Wallagoot car park
 
Track away from Wallagoot car park +
 
Track below Wallagoot car park
 
Track below Wallagoot car park +
 
Wallagoot picnic area and car park
 
Wallagoot picnic area and car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Kangarutha Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Kangarutha Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Kangarutha Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Kangarutha Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 9km
Time 4 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
4.6km of this walk is very steep and another 4km has short steep hills. The remaining (280m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 2.3km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (280m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
8km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 500m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (280m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 430m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (35m) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Kianinny Boat Ramp
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Kianinny Boat Ramp to Kianinny Park
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
From the car park, this walk keeps the water on the left as it heads down the stairs to the grassed area of the park. The track then continues along the creek, below on the left, to a bridge and information sign.

Kianinny Bay picnic area Alt = 7 m
Kianinny Bay picnic area is found at the end of Davidson St in Tathra. The picnic area leads off the boat ramp's parking area. Kianinny Bay picnic area has an electric BBQ hot plate underneath a shelter. The picnic area also boasts a number of tables, grass clearing, toilets and a playground. Kianinny Bay picnic area is at one end of the Kangarutha Track and, with the large car park at the bay, this makes it quite convenient for car shuffles.

(0.06 km) Kianinny Park to Kianinny Bay Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 151 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the information sign, this walk crosses the bridge and heads up the hill. The walk soon leads up the logged steps to a rock platform at the top. On the ocean side of the rock platform is a great lookout over Kianinny Bay and the coast.

Kianinny Bay Lookout Alt = 28 m
Kianinny Bay Lookout is perched on the hill, just south of Kianinny Bay. The lookout is an unfenced rock platform which has two white nautical markers placed on it. The lookout views the passage of boats into Kianinny Bay as they avoid the rocks near the northern headland. The lookout can be accessed from Kianinny Bay car park in Tathra, using the Kangarutha Track.

(0.21 km) Kianinny Bay Lookout to Boulder Bay
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.52 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 72 m Descent = -93 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk keeps the ocean to the left as it crosses straight over the rock platform to a gap in the heath. The track passes down through the heath to meander and undulate for some time. The track continues past a cleared area on the right before turning into a gully. The track winds out of the gully tending right, up the hill, to an area of low heath with a faint track on the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the ocean. The track winds along an area of low heath to soon turn left into taller heath. The track winds and undulates through the cleared passage in the heathland, passing through a few gullies. The walk crosses a large creek with stairs leading down and away from a rock platform. The track then continues up and around the hillside through an area of more open vegetation. This walk then leads down the hill to an arrow post, marking the track on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the track, soon coming into view of the beach. The walk winds down the stairs onto a rock which leads onto the beach. This walk continues to the middle of the beach.

Boulder Bay Alt = 8 m
Boulder Bay is located on the Kangarutha Track, south of Tathra, within Bournda National Park. The bay is sided by two rocky coast lines that funnel the water to the sandy beach. The sand of Boulder Bay is lower on the beach and the area behind this is covered in rounded rocks in a variety of sizes. Boulder Bay Creek runs into the bay but is usually a dry creek bed at the back of the beach. Access to Boulder Bay is by the Kangarutha Track.

(1.73 km) Boulder Bay to Int Kangarutha Trk Nth and White Rock Rd
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.84 km Time = 1 hr 9 mins
Climb = 186 m Descent = -152 m
Continue straight: From the middle of the beach, the walk heads towards the track marker near a tree on the beach, keeping the water to the left. The walk then follows the arrow along a bush track, away from the beach and winds through areas of heath and open bush. After passing a small trail to the left (which accesses the cliffs through the heath), the track continues, keeping the ocean to the left, and arrives at a signposted intersection with an overgrown service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the arrow down the steps, towards the ocean. The track opens out onto the coast and arrives at a white post on the rock platform beside the bay.
Turn right: From the first white post, the walk heads towards the next visible white post, keeping the ocean on the left. The track meanders along the rocky platform then tends away from the bay, turning right, up the hill. As it climbs up the hill, the walk passes an ant mound, to the left, and soon heads over a very rocky area, following the most worn and compacted route through the rocks. The track continues, with the ocean on the left, and follows a track marker down the hill, arriving at the middle of a rocky bay.
Continue straight: From the middle of the rocky bay, the walk follows rock-cut steps up onto the rocky headland, keeping the water on the left. The track then winds its way over the rocks, passing a lookout on the left, and dropping into a U-shaped rock valley (which points out to sea).
Continue straight: From the U-shaped rock valley, the walk climbs the hill, keeping the ocean on the left. The track continues for some time passing many great views of the coast. After passing through more areas of open and closed heath, the track bends right and goes up some stairs to an intersection with a service trail.

(4.57 km) Int. Kangarutha Trk Nth and White Rock Rd to White Rock Nth route
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 226 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -34 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the ocean. The track soon tends right, down to a cul-de-sac in the management trail.
Continue straight: On the side of the car park where the road leads up the hill, this walk follows track around the cliff tops, keeping the small bay below on the left. The track heads around the small hill (above on the right), leading to a point on the white rock which overlooks the sea and surrounding coast.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

White Rock Alt = 8 m
White Rock, Bournda National Park, as the name suggests, is an area of white coloured rocks, south of Tathra. The rocks form the headland with spectacular views of the coastline both to the North and South, and across the South Pacific Ocean. White Rock car park is backed by an old quarry, which formed the amphitheatre of rock behind it. White Rock can be accessed by White Rock Rd, off the Snowy Mountains Highway.

(4.57 km) Int. Kangarutha Trk Nth and White Rock Rd to Int. White Rock Rd and Kangarutha Trk Sth
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 35 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill to a bend in the management trail, where a small green track marker indicates the intersection.

(4.6 km) Int. White Rock Rd and Kangarutha Trk Sth to Games Bay
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.6 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 69 m Descent = -109 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west, away from the management trail and up the slight hill following the track marker. The track meanders for a short time to tend left down the hill, towards the ocean. Here, the track meets a large black termite mound and turns right. The walk passes a number of good views, and a track on the left (which leads down to the ocean). This walk continues along the hillside, and soon tends to the right, heading through the heath to enter an area of trees. The track then heads down the hill into a rocky bay.
Turn right: From the bay, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the ocean on the left of the track. The walk winds up the steps to then meander along the hillside, coming to a track marker at an intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs following the track marker arrow. The track very quickly winds down into the sandy creek bed behind Games Bay. A signpost marking 'Games Bay' is hidden in the low bush at the back of the beach area.

Games Bay Alt = 3 m
Games Bay, Bournda National Park, is located along the Kangarutha Track, south of Tathra. The bay is formed by two rocky sides, and backed by a sandy beach. Games Bay Creek runs through the beach out to sea, but flows intermittently. The bay is named after Mr Games, a settler who cleared and used the surrounding area of the bay for dairy farming. Mr Games also made a track from Games Bay to White Rock. The bay is backed by a small fireplace with driftwood seats around it.

(6.21 km) Games Bay to Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.4 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -82 m
Turn right: From the sandy creek bed, this walk heads up the hill out of Games Bay, keeping the ocean to the left of the track. The walk keeps Games Bay just below on the left for a short time, as it winds up the hill and then tends right with the hill, following posts marking the track. The walk passes many access tracks down to the side of Games Bay. This walk leads through heath and banksia, with the posts still leading the way through large clear areas and areas of thick vegetation. The track continues for quite some time, winding with the ocean far below to the left until coming to the signposted intersection just before the timber platform overlooking Wallagoot Gap.

(8.61 km) Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks to Wallagoot Gap
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 106 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads to the timber platform then down the timber steps onto Wallagoot Gap Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Wallagoot Gap Alt = 2 m
Wallagoot Gap is situated south of Tathra, facing east out onto the South Pacific Ocean. The gap is created by two headlands that protect the main beach from the wind. A second beach can be found around the corner of Wallagoot Gap, by following the right-hand side wall. Wallagoot Gap is an excellent place for a swim or a play in the sand. The gap can be accessed from Wallagoot Beach car park at the end of Wallagoot Lake Rd or the Kangarutha Track.

(8.61 km) Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks to Wallagoot Beach North
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 282 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -11 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, keeping the ocean and the wooden platform to the left. The track tends right, down the hill to reveal a great view over Wallagoot Beach. The walk then heads down the hill and a set of stairs onto the beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Wallagoot Beach Alt = 3 m
Wallagoot Beach, is located east of Wallagoot Lake in Bournda National Park, between Tathra and Merimbula. The beach is a large expanse of white sand, with surf conditions created by its south easterly aspect. The beach's northern end sometimes floods, due to Wallagoot Lake breaking through the beach's sand barrier. Alternative access (instead of Wallagoot Lake Rd) is from Bournda Rd, through Hobart Beach camping area.

(8.61 km) Int. Wallagoot Gap and Kangarutha Trks to Wallagoot Beach Carpark
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 218 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the coast slightly uphill (that is, away from the face of the sign). The track tends left and dips through a valley, soon leading to a car park. (The car park is found at the end of Wallagoot Lake Rd, off the Sapphire Coast Drive.)

Drive from Wallagoot Beach Carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Hobart Beach campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 14.6 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 18 km
Gas Connection The Arthur Kaine Drv, Pambula (02) 6495 7121 22.6 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 92.6 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 92.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Kangarutha Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Kangarutha Track
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 32 km (to the SSW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 36 km (to the WSW)
7 PKA07 Wandella Trig PEAK ALONE 51 km (to the NNW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
62 km (to the WNW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 84 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Far South Coast fire area which currently has a HIGH rating and No fire ban in place. (Downloaded 21 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Possible shower.
Possible shower.
25.8°C (feels like 23.2°)
22 km/h from the ESE (gusting 26)
51% humidity     (as at 23/12:34pm)
Sun      29°Possible shower.
Mon14°|26°Shower or two.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Bournda National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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