Bournda Lagoon to North Tura
Yuin Country

40 min to 45 min

1.8 km
oneway

↑ 23 m
↓ -26 m

Moderate track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Gate before toilet Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bournda Lagoon car park toilet. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Bournda Lagoon car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track up from Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bournda Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bournda Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Melaleuca trees behind Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track off Bournda Beach southern end. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from above Bournda Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through the low heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fenced track along dunes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track on top dunes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost to North Tura Bournda Lagoon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost near North Tura. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
North Tura car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.8155856,149.9375543)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Sapphire Coast Drive, 9
  • Turn on to Bournda Road then drive for 2.9 km
  • Turn right onto Bournda Lagon Road and drive for another 2.8 km
Finish (-36.8290906,149.9343291)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After 35 m come to the "Bournda Beach picnic area".
Bournda Beach picnic area
Bournda Beach picnic area

Bournda Beach picnic area is found next to Bournda Lagoon car park, in Bournda National Park. The picnic area is shaded by the trees behind Bournda Beach, which is between Tathra and Merimbula. The picnic area has modest facilities with a few picnic tables, BBQ pit and a toilet nearby. The picnic area is a great place to eat lunch before heading down to Bournda Beach or Lagoon, which are only a stroll away through the bush.
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Bournda Beach picnic area is found next to Bournda Lagoon car park, in Bournda National Park. The picnic area is shaded by the trees behind Bournda Beach, which is between Tathra and Merimbula. The picnic area has modest facilities with a few picnic tables, BBQ pit and a toilet nearby. The picnic area is a great place to eat lunch before heading down to Bournda Beach or Lagoon, which are only a stroll away through the bush.

After another 75 m pass the toilet (8 m on your left).
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 3 m turn sharp left, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 520 m cross the ford.
Then head up the 26 earthen steps (about 15 m long)
After another 6 m veer right, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 15 m come to the "North Tura Lookout" (30 m on your left).
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 205 m veer right, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Nth Tura Beach. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 620 m continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 25 m pass a seat (20 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Nth Tura Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Sandy Creek Walking Track.
After another 25 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Toilet".
Toilet
Toilet

Unisex single pit toilet. Entrance is 90cm wide, toilet seat 38cm high (57cm to back wall). Simple handrail is 82cm high. Floor space is about 110cm by 230cm. A 4cm step into the toilet. Tap (no basin) outside 74cm from ground.
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Unisex single pit toilet. Entrance is 90cm wide, toilet seat 38cm high (57cm to back wall). Simple handrail is 82cm high. Floor space is about 110cm by 230cm. A 4cm step into the toilet. Tap (no basin) outside 74cm from ground.

"Pinch Point".
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Timber bollards at end of carpark. Gap of 1.3m (0.5m high) provides access to picnic area, toilet and walking tracks.
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Timber bollards at end of carpark. Gap of 1.3m (0.5m high) provides access to picnic area, toilet and walking tracks.

About 30 m past the end is "North Tura Car Park".

An optional side trip to Nth Tura Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
About 115 m past the end is "North Tura Beach".
North Tura Beach
North Tura Beach

North Tura Beach is located north of Merimbula and Tura Heads. The beach is a beautiful expanse of sand of nearly 2.5km, stretching from Tura Heads to Bournda Island in the north. North Tura is an easterly-facing beach which is accessed by Widgeram Rd off the Sapphire Coast Drive.
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North Tura Beach is located north of Merimbula and Tura Heads. The beach is a beautiful expanse of sand of nearly 2.5km, stretching from Tura Heads to Bournda Island in the north. North Tura is an easterly-facing beach which is accessed by Widgeram Rd off the Sapphire Coast Drive.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Nth Tura Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 45 m come to "North Tura Lookout".
North Tura Lookout
North Tura Lookout

North Tura Beach Lookout is between Tathra and Merimbula in Bournda National Park. The lookout platform (4.6x4.6m) has stunning views over North Tura Beach, all the way south to Tura Headland and out to sea. The lookout is also a perfect viewing point for Turingal Head and Bournda Island. The fence is 91cm high and the ramp leading up is 1.5m wide.
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North Tura Beach Lookout is between Tathra and Merimbula in Bournda National Park. The lookout platform (4.6x4.6m) has stunning views over North Tura Beach, all the way south to Tura Headland and out to sea. The lookout is also a perfect viewing point for Turingal Head and Bournda Island. The fence is 91cm high and the ramp leading up is 1.5m wide.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bournda Lagoon to North Tura


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.8 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 110 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 1.8 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
110 m[toilet]
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