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Hobart Beach to Bournda Island
Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.5 km SSW of Tathra
Length: 7.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 7.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Bournda National Park
Climb: 70 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 70 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop
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Hobart Beach large shelter
Int. just north of Bournda Rd
Int. Bournda Rd and Hobart Beach Rd
Int. Bournda and Field Study Huts car park Trks
Bournda Beach car park
Bournda Lagoon Carpark
Bournda Lagoon Car Park
Bournda Lagoon
Bournda Bch Sth
Int. Bournda Lagoon and Island Trks
Nth Tura Beach and Bournda Island Trk
Bournda Island Trk
Bournda Island
Bournda Bch Sth
Bournda Beach
Bournda Beach
Bournda Beach Nth
Wallagoot Beach
Ocean beaches carpark Trk
Ocean beaches Carpark
Wallagoot Lake Shore (Hobart Beach)
Starting point for this hiking track: Hobart Beach large shelter

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Sign next to Hobart Beach shelter
 
Sign next to Hobart Beach shelter +
 
Arrow marker next to track
 
Arrow marker next to track +
 
Signpost to Bondi Lake
 
Signpost to Bondi Lake +

 
Track south of Hobart Beach camping area
 
Track south of Hobart Beach camping area +
 
Track parallel to Bondi Lake
 
Track parallel to Bondi Lake +
 
Logs mark the crossing of the main road
 
Logs mark the crossing of the main road +

 
Track towards Bournda Lagoon
 
Track towards Bournda Lagoon +
 
Track south of Hobart Beach camping area
 
Track south of Hobart Beach camping area +
 
Track to Bournda Lagoon
 
Track to Bournda Lagoon +

 
Field Study Huts signpost
 
Field Study Huts signpost +
 
Track into Bournda Lagoon car park
 
Track into Bournda Lagoon car park +
 
Signpost before toilet, Bournda Lagoon
 
Signpost before toilet, Bournda Lagoon +

 
Track onto Bournda Beach
 
Track onto Bournda Beach +
 
Bournda Beach
 
Bournda Beach +
 
Melaleuca trees behind Bournda Lagoon
 
Melaleuca trees behind Bournda Lagoon +

 
Track off Bournda Beach, southern end
 
Track off Bournda Beach, southern end +
 
Track south of Bournda Beach
 
Track south of Bournda Beach +
 
Signposted intersection to Bournda Island
 
Signposted intersection to Bournda Island +

 
Steep steps onto North Tura
 
Steep steps onto North Tura +
 
Track through dunes on North Tura
 
Track through dunes on North Tura +
 
Bournda Island
 
Bournda Island +

 
Bournda Island
 
Bournda Island +
 
View from Bournda Island
 
View from Bournda Island +
 
Track up the side of Bourna Island
 
Track up the side of Bourna Island +

 
North Tura Beach from Bournda Island
 
North Tura Beach from Bournda Island +
 
Bournda Island heath
 
Bournda Island heath +
 
Bournda Island from rocks
 
Bournda Island from rocks +

 
Bournda Beach
 
Bournda Beach +
 
Clouds build above Bournda Beach
 
Clouds build above Bournda Beach +
 
Bournda Beach
 
Bournda Beach +

 
Bournda Beach and Bournda Island
 
Bournda Beach and Bournda Island +
 
Stairs up dunes behind Wallagoot Beach
 
Stairs up dunes behind Wallagoot Beach +
 
Signpost to car park
 
Signpost to car park +

 
Track away from the dunes to Hobart Beach camping area
 
Track away from the dunes to Hobart Beach camping area +
 
Intersection of Hobart Beach and track to camping area
 
Intersection of Hobart Beach and track to camping area +
 
Hobart Beach
 
Hobart Beach +

 
Hobart Beach camping area
 
Hobart Beach camping area +
 
Log markers in Hobart Beach camping area
 
Log markers in Hobart Beach camping area +
 
Hobart Beach camping area shelter
 
Hobart Beach camping area shelter +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop 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 8km
Time 2 hrs 15 mins
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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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
3.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.7km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 1.1km has short steep hills and the remaining 480m is very steep.

Quality of track
4.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (480m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 890m is clearly signposted. The remaining (430m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 430m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 320m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. The remaining (280m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 2.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (170m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to Hobart Beach large shelter
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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Hobart Beach campground Alt = m
This is a well-established campsite close to the beach and lake. There are garbage and recycling bins. Each camping space is well-defined and there is a large covered common area. The camp surrounds the stone and timber toilet and laundry facility.

(0 km) Hobart Beach large shelter to Int. near Bournda Rd and Hobart Beach Rd
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 410 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the path and the sign to the 'Field Study Huts'[1] past the large picnic shelter (on the left). The track soon passes a volleyball court (on the right) and a fire pit (on the left), then follows a track marker through the dense melaleuca. The track soon comes to a three-way intersection marked with several signs, including one pointing back to 'Hobart Beach Camping Area'[2].
From the intersection, the walk continues straight along the track, following the 'Bondi Lake' sign[3] through the melaleuca. The track soon comes to another three-way intersection, marked with another sign pointing back to 'Hobart Beach Camping Area'[4].
Continue straight: From this intersection, this walk heads south along the track, following the 'Bondi Lake' sign[5] through the melaleuca. The track soon comes to then crosses the dirt Bournda Rd to the 'Hobart Beach Camping Area 0.5km'sign[6] on the otherside.

(0.41 km) Int. Bournda Rd and Hobart Beach Rd to Bournda Beach car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.7 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the road, this walk follows the sign to 'Bondi Lake'[7] between the timber posts and along the wide track. The track winds through the tall heath for a while untill passing an old hut (on the left) where the track comes to a three way intersection marked with a 'hobart beach camp' sign[8] pointing back along the track.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'bournda lagoon' sign[9] along with wide track. The track passes along the side of Bondi Lake (not visable on the left) to come to a faint intersection with the signposted 'Field Studies Huts'[10] track (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk leaves the hill and the 'Field Studies Huts' sign behind, on the right of the track, as the track continues through the heath,heading up a slight rise to a signposted intersection in Bournda Beach car park.

(2.11 km) Bournda Beach car park to Int Bournda Rd and Bournda Beach Parking Area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 85 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Bournda Lagoon' sign up the hill to the signposted intersection with a management trail.

(2.19 km) Bournda Lagoon Carpark to Bournda Lagoon
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 288 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the gate, this walk heads up through the car park following the 'Hobart Beach Camping Area' arrow on the signpost. The trail comes to a signpost for 'Bournda Beach Parking Area'.
Veer left: From the car park, the walk heads past the gate following the sign to 'Bournda Lagoon' past the toilet. The walk heads down the hill, becoming more sandy as it comes to meet the lagoon shore.

Bournda Lagoon Alt = 5 m
Bournda Lagoon has formed behind Bournda Beach, between Tathra and Merimbula in Bournda National Park. The lagoon is deep enough for swimming and is a popular spot for a freshwater swim. The lagoon is fed by Sandy Beach Creek, which has been silted up at the southernmost end of Bournda Beach. The lagoon supports a variety of environments, including a rainforest, on its shores. However, the lagoon is subject to environmental issues such as algal blooms. The lagoon can be accessed by bush track from Bournda Lagoon car park, at the end of Bournda Rd. More info

(2.48 km) Bournda Lagoon to Bournda Bch Sth
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 456 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the lagoon, this walk heads over the dunes towards the ocean, keeping the lagoon behind on the right. The walk turns right on the beach, keeping the ocean to the left, and follows the beach to the end where there is a signposted intersection.

(2.93 km) Bournda Bch Sth to Bournda Island
Track: Hard - bushtrack,beach,bushtrack
Length = 451 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Bournda Island' and 'North Tura Beach' up the hill, passing a grassy platform on the left (which has great views over Bournda Island). The walk leads along the top of the dunes, along the fenced track to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Bournda Island' and 'Bournda Lagoon'.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign to 'Bournda Island' over the dune and down some stairs onto the beach.
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.

Bournda Island Alt = 10 m
Bournda Island separates Bournda and North Tura beaches, and is located between Tathra and Merimbula. The island is joined to the mainland by a tombola beach, which can be submerged by the tide to form a real island. Bournda Island is covered in low dune shrub vegetation species that are perched on top of the rocky island. Access to the island is at low tide from Bournda or North Tura beaches. Bournda Island can also be accessed from the Bournda Lagoon via Headland Track.

(3.39 km) Bournda Island to Bournda Island Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 56 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn around: From the top of Bournda Island, the walk heads towards the mainland, tending closer to the ocean on the right side. The walk then heads down a steep, vegetated track and follows a rocky ridge onto the sand below.

(3.44 km) Bournda Bch Sth to Bournda Bch Sth
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 890 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -13 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads towards the ocean, across the end of the beach, then crosses the rocky headland to continue along a shorter beach, keeping the ocean to the left, to an island like feature. The intersection is marked by a cave feature at the bottom of the island. (This route is only possible at low tide).
Turn right: From the intersection at the southern end of the beach, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the right, and the dunes to the left. The walk continues past views of Bournda Lagoon to a spot opposite a set of stairs (going up the taller dunes on the left).

Bournda Beach Alt = 4 m
Bournda Beach, Bournda National Park, lies between Tathra and Merimbula, and forms the southern end of Wallagoot Beach. The beach provides some good surf conditions with a south-easterly aspect (not patrolled). At the southern end of the beach is Bournda Island, attached to the beach by a rocky headland and tombola (sand joining the island to mainland). The dunes backing the beach are undergoing rehabilitation. Bournda Beach is accessed by Bournda Rd at either Hobart Beach camping area, Bournda Lagoon or Wallagoot Gap parking areas.

(4.33 km) Bournda Beach to Ocean beaches carpark Trk
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 2.47 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the middle of the beach, opposite a set of erosion control steps, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the right. The walk continues along the beach until it comes opposite a set of erosion control steps to the left.
Continue straight: From the middle of the beach, across from a set of erosion control steps, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the right. The walk continues along the beach for quite some time to a point opposite a set of erosion control steps going up the dunes to the left.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the beach and up the erosion control stairs. The walk then heads down the stairs onto a sandy clear trail which winds through the bush. The track soon meets a signposted intersection.

(6.8 km) Ocean beaches carpark Trk to Wallagoot Lake Shore (Hobart Beach)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 431 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to the 'Parking Area'[11] along the sandy track, towards the distant hills. The walk winds though the melaleuca, some of which are on the track. The soon comes to a timber boardwalk and a three way intersection with a 'Ocean Beaches' sign[12] pointing back along the track.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Hobart Beach camp' sign[13] off the end of the board walk to the come to a car park a short distance later. A the carpark the walk turns right to find a signposted intersection next to the picnic table.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow on the sign to 'Wallagoot Lake'[14], away from the car park and picnic table. The track tends right, down the hill, for approximately 50m to an intersection on the shore of Wallagoot Lake.

Hobart Beach Alt = 7 m
Hobart Beach is located on the southern shores of Wallagoot Lake, between Tathra and Merimbula. Hobart Beach extends from the sand dunes to Scotts Bay, on Wallagoot Lake. The beach is a thin slice of white sand between the treeline and the lake, and provides plenty of opportunity to go for a swim and enjoy the water. Access to the beach is through Hobart Beach camping area, off Bournda Rd in Bournda National Park.

(7.23 km) Wallagoot Lake Shore (Hobart Beach) to Hobart Beach large shelter
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 332 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk heads away from Wallagoot Lake, keeping it a bit to the right for a short time, passing a post with a red reflective marker[15]. The track tends right, away from the lake and the beach, to come into view of a clearing, the campsite, on the left. The track continues to an area with cut logs on the ground. The walk passes these logs, continuing to the main road, to the right of large triangular shelter where there is a signpost.

Drive from Hobart Beach large shelter
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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)
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 10.4 km
Gas Connection The Arthur Kaine Drv, Pambula (02) 6495 7121 15 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 16.4 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 99.7 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 99.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hobart Beach to Bournda Island Loop
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 24 km (to the S)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 30 km (to the WSW)
7 PKA07 Wandella Trig PEAK ALONE 56 km (to the NNW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
61 km (to the WNW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 77 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Far South Coast fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years 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
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km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      24°Possible late shower.
Thu14°|22°Possible shower.
Fri15°|26°Possible shower.
Sat11°|21°Partly cloudy.
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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