Kangarutha Track
Yuin Country

3 h 30 min to 4 h

8.4 km
oneway

↑ 376 m
↓ -375 m

Moderate track
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. Also, keep an eye out for whales from October to November. 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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Kianiny Bay car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Playground in Kianiny Bay picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bridge from Kianiny picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs up from Kianiny Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walker at Kianiny lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track towards White Horse Bay from Kianiny Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs into small gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bark on melaleuca. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker along track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boulder Bay arrow marker. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocky coastline below Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
White post in the bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangarutha Track south of Boulder Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock pool at rocky beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grass platform south of rocky bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs out of rocky beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Inlet north of White Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
U-shaped rock gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shady track through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs on Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangarutha Track north of White Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
White Rock Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Giant ant mound marking the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to coast off Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Small banksia in tree hollow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Games Bay sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker beside Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seed pod. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
White post marking the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangartha Track north of Wallagoot Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old farm fence post. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangarutha Track north of Wallagoot Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through heath to Wallagoot Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wallagoot Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign for Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track away from Wallagoot car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track below Wallagoot car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wallagoot picnic area and 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 (-36.7367919,149.9819043)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 4 km
  • Turn left onto Kerrisons Lane and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Turn right onto Tathra Road and drive for another 12.1 km
  • Turn right onto Tomigee Street and drive for another 100 m
  • Turn left onto Bay Street and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn right onto Panamuna Road and drive for another 290 m
  • Keep right onto Kianinny Street and drive for another 70 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 205 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 25 m
Finish (-36.7849543,149.9610936)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the park at the start.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
Then pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the BBQ (8 m on your right).
After another 25 m find the "Kianinny Bay picnic area" (on your right).
Kianinny Bay picnic area
Kianinny Bay picnic area

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.
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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.

After another 70 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 10 m pass the playground (15 m on your right).
Turn right, to head along Kangarutha walking track.
After another 40 m find the "Kianinny Bay Lookout" (10 m on your left).
Kianinny Bay Lookout
Kianinny Bay Lookout

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.
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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.

After another 1.2 km veer left, to head along Kangarutha walking track.
After another 235 m find the "Boulder Bay" (25 m on your left).
Boulder Bay
Boulder Bay

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.
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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.

After another 850 m (at the intersection of Kangarutha walking track & Kangarutha Point Track) continue straight, to head along Kangarutha walking track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to White Rock. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.8 km (at the intersection of White Rock Road & Kangarutha walking track) continue straight, to head along White Rock Road (a vehicle track).
After another 55 m (at the intersection of White Rock Road & Kangarutha walking track) continue straight, to head along Kangarutha walking track (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Wallagoot Gap. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Wallagoot Beach North. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.8 km (at the intersection of Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks & Kangarutha walking track) turn right, to head along Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks.
After another 240 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is a toilet.
About 35 m past the end is "Turingal Head Car Park".

An optional side trip to White Rock.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of White Rock Road & Kangarutha walking track Start heading along White Rock Road (a vehicle track).
After another 145 m come to the end.
About 85 m past the end is "White Rock".
White Rock
White Rock

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.
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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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 145 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Wallagoot Gap.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kangarutha walking track & Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks Start heading along Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks (a walking track).
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 10 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
Then head down the 41 surface|wood steps
After another 20 m come to the end.
About 90 m past the end is "Wallagoot Gap".
Wallagoot Gap
Wallagoot Gap

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.
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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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 30 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Wallagoot Beach North.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kangarutha walking track & Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks Start heading along Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks (a walking track).
After another 5 m continue straight, to head along Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks.
Find the Wallagoot Gap at the start.
Wallagoot Gap
Wallagoot Gap

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.
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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.

After another 210 m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
Then head down the 33 surface|gravel steps
After another 30 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 255 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Kangarutha Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.4 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.8 km apart with the largest gap of 8.4 km.

Seat: There is one 8.2 km (plus an extra 230 m along side route) from the start.


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