Bournda National Park

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Bournda National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)
Bournda Bournda-Island.JPG
Bournda National Park is located in New South Wales
Bournda National Park
Bournda National Park
Nearest town or cityTathra
Coordinates36°28′36″S 149°55′07″E / 36.47667°S 149.91861°E / -36.47667; 149.91861Coordinates: 36°28′36″S 149°55′07″E / 36.47667°S 149.91861°E / -36.47667; 149.91861
Established6 September 1947
Area2,655 ha (6,560 acres)[1]
Managing authoritiesNew South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteBournda National Park
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

The Bournda National Park is a 2,655-hectare (6,560-acre) protected area in New South Wales, Australia, managed as a national park by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and was established on 24 April 1992. It forms part of the Ulladulla to Merimbula Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for swift parrots.[2]


The park is 343 km[3] south of Sydney near Tathra. Bournda National Park spans from Kianinny Bay, on the southern side of Tathra, south for about 13 km. There is a good walking track, along the coast for most of its length.

The park is host to three main bodies of water. Wallagoot Lake is a large salt water lake that last opened up to the ocean in June 2008. Bondi Lake is of ecological significance as it is the closest fresh water lake to the ocean in the region.[4] Finally, Bournda Lagoon is a brackish (half salt water / half fresh water) lagoon that is periodically open to the ocean. The lagoon is a popular swimming spot for locals and campers alike. Good camping facilities are available at the Hobart Beach camp ground.

The park was once a State Recreation Area and became a National Park in 1992. Adjacent to the park is the Bournda Nature Reserve, which was established in 1972 and is 6,088 ha in size.[5] Both areas are included in the management plan by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Bournda National Park from above Kianinny Bay.

Walking tracks[edit]

  • Hobart Beach to Bournda Lagoon - 2.6 km
  • Hobart Beach to Scotts Bay - 1.3 km
  • Hobart Beach to Tathra via the Kangarutha Track - 12.0 km
  • Bournda Lagoon round trip via Bournda Island - 6.0 km
The southern coastline

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Department of Environment Climate Change and Water Annual Report 2009-10". Department of Environment Climate Change and Water. November 2010: 274–275. ISSN 1838-5958. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ulladulla to Merimbula. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) on 2012-01-02.
  3. ^ "Great Circle Distance between SYDNEY and BOURNDA STATE RECREATION AREA". Geosciences Australia website. Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  4. ^ Final Plan of Management 2000 (PDF). NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. January 2000. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2008.
  5. ^ Final Plan of Management 2000 (PDF). NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. January 2000. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2008.

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