Hiking, Bushwalking or Rambling

Whether you call it Hiking, Bush-walking, rambling or some other exotic name, the activity of walking through natural areas of our planet has a universal appeal.
You may be lucky enough to sight a rare or endangered animal or plant, or simply enjoy the quiet and seclusion of the wide open spaces. Either way, the experience can be re-juvenating for anyone who is living the modern life-style.

Download a list of threatened species of the South Coast

If you share a fascination for the Australian bush and Australian Native plants you might find this paper on 'Seeing the Bush' interesting.

Eurobodalla Coast:

Batemans Bay

Click here for info** on the many lookouts in and around Batemans Bay

Click here for a walking guide* to Murramarang National Park

The following tracks are some of the most popular hiking trails in the area:

  • Aboriginal & early settler cultural heritage walk at Oaks Ranch & Country Club, Mossy Point The Oaks Ranch and Country Club conducts guided tours amongst the ancient casuarinas along the banks of Tomaga River and Candlagan creek which border its 300 acre property. Click here for more details.
  • The Broulee Island walk is a popular self guided 4km walk which takes about 2 hours with moderate difficulty. The 'island' is permanently joined to the mainland by a sandbar, and is a dedicated nature reserve. A popular place for photographers to capture the reflections of the rockpool with an ocean backdrop. The island is habitat for a diversity of native flora which attracts a rich complement of coastal avi-fauna. Guided rockpool rambles are conducted from time to time on the nearby Broulee rockshelf and interested visitors are welcomed to join for a modest 'membership' fee.

Download the draft Broulee Island Management Plan

  • Murramarang Aboriginal Area
    Park at the Sandmine Car Park just north of the Racecourse Beach Caravan Park. Follow the sand track east to the commencement of the Murramarang Aboriginal Area Walking Track. The area is a headland complex of Aboriginal middens that contains evidence of great cultural and scientific value. Signs along the track provide information on this significant site
  • Pretty Beach to Snapper Point
    Start the walk at the campground head east and you will get to Snapper Point where there are great views of the coastline. Return the same way or via Merry Beach Caravan Park.
  • Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain
    Commence your walk from the camping area and follow the track to Durras Mountain. From Durras Mountain there are sublime views of the coast and ranges. You can continue on hiking to Pebbly Beach then return the same way to Pretty Beach.
  • Depot Beach to Durras Mountain and Snake Bay
    Hike north along Depot Beach to Pebbly Beach (not at high tide) then follow the track from Pebbly Beach car park through the forest to Clear Point. From Clear Point head to Snake Bay or take the track west to Durras Mountain. This remote part of the coast has isolated inlets, pebbly beaches and fascinating rock platforms that are great for hiking. From Durras Mountain there are sublime views of the coast and ranges. Return the same way. (From Snake Bay you can continue on to Pretty Beach via the coast or the Durras Mountain Track.)
  • Rainforest Walk at Depot Beach
    For easier hiking, this short walk meanders into precious remnants of littoral and temperate rainforest. It is a window into a world that existed 50 million years ago when rainforest covered much of eastern Australia. Littoral rainforests are usually contained in sheltered gullies such as the creek-line at Depot Beach. Few stands of littoral rainforest remain today; for this reason this type of rainforest is listed as an endangered ecological community in NSW. The walk is accessible from the Depot Beach Road car parks or from behind north Depot Beach.

  • Bingi-Congo walking Track aka Bingi Dreaming Track

* Courtesy of the Dept of Environment and Climate Change NSW DECC

** Courtesy of Eurobodalla Tourism

Aboriginal History of the Bingi-Congo walking track
also known as the Bingi Dreaming Track

By Patricia Ellis

Bingi is a Dhurga (Aboriginal language spoken from south of Nowra to Narooma) word meaning stomach. When repeated as in Bingi Bingi Point it indicates abundance and therefore is interpreted to mean that an abundance of food is available in this area.
The Bingi-Congo walking track forms part of the Dreaming Track utilised by the Brinja-Yuin people prior to European development. The walking track (as did the Dreaming Track) brings you in close proximity to shell middens, stone quarries, knapping sites, campsites and fresh water sources. There were also beacon sites for sending smoke signals, areas abundant in a particular foods and lookouts traditionally used for spotting schools of fish and visitors (wanted or unwanted) to the area 
The Dreaming Tracks were also utilised by early European settlers in order to make contact with the local Aboriginal people and reference is made of such in several journals. The tracks were about 1.5 meters wide and kept clear by periodic light burning (firestick farming).  It was not uncommon for the Europeans to encounter groups of Aboriginal people in camps, in transit, gathering food or collecting materials.
The Dreaming Track although used as a highway had a much deeper spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people in that it was, and still is believed, that the Spirit Ancestors of the people created the Dreaming Track in the journey of creation across the land. Dreaming Tracks are sometimes referred to as song lines so named because individuals had to know the songs to successfully navigate the area, particularly if they were visiting another’s country. At times however they fulfil an entirely different function, particularly in ceremony.
The Dreaming Tracks traditionally connected to every place visited by the local Aboriginal people, then every place utilised by the neighbouring clans until all the Aboriginal people in Australia were connected by these unique highways. People from opposite sides of Australia did not necessarily meet but the opportunity was there for those that desired. Many trade routes followed the course of the Dreaming Tracks.
While enjoying this unique experience please respect the land and her dwellers for we are all one.

Sapphire Coast:

Bournda National Park

Turingal Head to Games Bay

Explore this scenic part of the Kangarutha Track to Games Bay, which was previously a dairy farming area, with superb coastal views along the way

North Tura to Bournda Lagoon

Take this inland route from North Tura Beach, to Bournda Lagoon, exploring the upper reaches of Bournda Lagoon as you go. An excellent introduction to the park, passing through small patches of rainforest, eucalypt forest and wetlands on the edge of the lagoon, beach and headland.

Bournda Track

This loop takes in the lagoon, Bournda Island and beaches, returning inland to explore the upper reaches of the Sandy Creek catchment and back to the car park. "An excellent introduction to the park, passing through small patches of rainforest, eucalypt forest and wetlands on the edge of the lagoon, beach and headland"

Kangarutha Track

For a fairly challenging walk, this 9 km stretch takes in rugged coastline with many small sandy or pebbly beaches and spectacular cliffs. Alternatively, this walk can be broken into sections,

  • 1.7 km walk from Kianinny Bay to Boulder Bay  
  • 1.8 km walk from Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to Turingal Head  
  • walk half way to White Rock Quarry.

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What Other bushwalkers Have Said

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