Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Suggestion: Meroo National Park

Meroo National Park is a pristine coastal playground near Ulladulla and Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast, packed with natural beauty and things to do. Whether you are looking for a camping holiday, a weekend getaway and or just a secluded spot for swimming and a relaxing picnic, Meroo has something for you.

You'll find coastal lakes ideal for kayaking, paddling and fishing. There are lots of short walking tracks to choose from and plenty of unsealed roads and trails for cycling and exploring on your mountain bike. It also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities and great vantage points for whale watching and spotting dolphins at Meroo Head lookout or Nuggan Point.
Visit as a day trip, or pack your tent or camper trailer and wake up to the sound of birdcalls at one of the peaceful campgrounds in this coastal paradise.

A short drive from Ulladulla and Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast, Meroo National Park is an untouched natural wonder just waiting to be explored.
At the heart of the park is Meroo Lake, near Bawley Point, where you can enjoy paddling, swimming and birdwatching. It’s also a place of spiritual significance for local Aboriginal people. For spectacular coastal views drive to Meroo Head lookout, then enjoy a short walk to Meroo Beach and Nuggan Point.

Just near Burrill Lake and Dolphin Point in the northern part of the park, you’ll find a popular surfing spot and picturesque walking track to Pot Holes Beach.  At the centre of the park is Tabourie Lake, a popular destination for kayaking enthusiasts.

To really get back to nature, head to the Termeil Point precinct in the south.  Visit for the day to experience the beauty of Termeil Lake and nearby beach or pack a tent and spend the night at either Sunburnt or Termeil Point campground.

Meroo Lake walking track
If you are looking to get away from it all, then Meroo Lake walking track is for you. Wrap yourself in the tranquillity of these calm coastal waters and reconnect with nature.
Follow the walking track from Meroo Head carpark and meander down through towering old growth forest to the lakes edge. It’s a great place for birdwatching where you’ll see some of the many waterbirds that make this their home - swans, musk ducks, pelicans, cormorants to name a few.
Try fishing or swimming in the lake, or just sit back and relax with a good book as you listen to the waters gently rippling onto the shore. If you like canoeing or kayaking, it’s a 600m walk to the lake’s edge with your gear, but your efforts will be rewarded once you are paddling out into serenity on the water.

Meroo Head lookout walking track
Even if you are only visiting Meroo National Park for a few hours, you can’t miss the spectacular coastal views from Meroo Head lookout walking track. It’s a lovely short walk through tall forest to the northern edge of the headland, then you’ll emerge to panoramic views of uninterrupted coastline.
Stretching out into the distance, you’ll see dazzling coastal waters and unspoilt wilderness. Take a moment to take it all in and take advantage of the excellent birdwatching from this magnificent spot.
If you have time, follow the track around the headland back to the carpark or head down to Meroo Beach. For the energetic, why not continue along the Nuggan Point walking track for more dramatic coastal views and another great vantage point for whale watching.

Nuggan Point walking track
This walking track takes you through coastal dune forest, past coastal lakes and along sandy beaches to see spectacular coastal views at Nuggan Point.
Catch glimpses through the trees to the tranquillity of Willinga and Meroo Lakes, where bangalay-banksia forest gives way to swamp forest, sedgeland and wet heath. Walk along Meroo Beach and search for interesting shells, enjoy swimming in the glistening waters or go whale watching.
If you like fishing, why not pack your gear and settle in for a few hours of great fishing at Nuggan Point. It’s also a lovely place to picnic, with plenty of birdwatching opportunities, like sea eagles flying overhead and the superb blue wren darting about in the bushes.

Pot Holes Beach
Get off the beaten track and discover this small pebbly beach tucked away in the bush. It’s a popular surfing spot amongst the locals, and you can see why when you are sitting out on the water looking back at unspoilt, natural beauty.
Join the locals and enjoy surfing, body boarding, swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waves. Bring your fishing gear and see what you can catch from the beach. Pack a picnic, bring a good book and spend the afternoon lazing about on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves crashing before you.
But if you want to explore more, why not follow the Pot Holes walking track to Dolphin Point, then head back for a refreshing swim. In spring, you’ll see wildflowers dotting the heathland and woodland with colour. And for anyone interested in birdwatching, you’re also bound to see plenty of birdlife along the way.

Pot Holes walking track
Pot Holes walking track is a short walk through stunted heathland to unspoilt coastline. With scenic views and picturesque places to picnic along the way, it makes for a great day trip from Ulladulla or Batemans Bay. It’s a popular walk amongst the locals heading out for an early morning walk and those on their way to go surfing at Pot Holes Beach. Bring your fishing gear and see what you can catch, or enjoy swimming and whale watching at this magical spot.
It’s a beautiful place all year round, but in spring the heathland bursts with the brilliant colours of the wildflowers such as common fringe lily, orchids and grevillea. Winter is also a great time to visit when the banksias are in flower, attracting birds like honeyeaters, so there are plenty of birdwatching opportunities. Keep a lookout because if you are lucky, you may even get a chance to experience some spectacular whale watching.

Stokes Island picnic area
If you are looking for a picturesque place to picnic, then you can’t go past Stokes Island picnic area. Surrounded by bangalay-banksia forest, it’s an idyllic beach spot that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Throw down a picnic rug, immerse yourself in a good book and laze away the day with the sound of waves crashing behind you.
Discover the marine life on the rock platform, or cast your fishing line and see what you can catch at this popular fishing spot. Play a game of beach cricket, throw the footy with the kids, or just enjoy swimming, surfing and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. If you enjoy birdwatching, make sure you remember your binoculars to enjoy the abundant birdlife in the area.

Tabourie Lake
Just a short drive from Ulladulla, Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake offering visitors a myriad of things to do. Throw down a picnic rug and relax on the shores of the lake with a good book or the weekend newspapers. Go walking along the foreshore and find yourself a place to set up and try your luck fishing. The kids will love wading and swimming in the shallow waters. Or admire the scenery from the water itself by sailing, paddling or windsurfing into the distance.
Tabourie Lake is also haven for waterbirds so if you enjoy birdwatching, make sure to bring your binoculars. You’ll see swans, ducks, birds of prey, egrets and many more.

Termeil Beach
Whether you are camping nearby at Termeil Point campground or just visiting Meroo for the day, making the trip to Termeil Beach is a must. It’s a completely unspoilt and secluded beach surrounded by coastal forest.
Pack a picnic and take the kids for a walk along the beach, look out for interesting shells and watch the pied oystercatchers with their distinctive bright orange-red bill feeding along the shoreline.
Relax and enjoy the peace with a fishing rod in hand, or enjoy swimming and surfing in this beautiful natural setting. Keep a lookout to catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the waves.

Termeil Lake
Set before a dramatic backdrop of forested hills, Termeil Lake provides a peaceful refuge for wildlife and visitors alike.
No powerboats can access the area, so there’s nothing to disturb the peace while you are paddling and exploring the backwaters and tributaries. Stop along the way for a picnic or head back to the campground at Termeil Point to enjoy a hot meal around the campfire.
Enjoy swimming in the clear waters and unwind as you cast your fishing line from the lake’s edge. Binoculars are a must if you’re enthusiastic about birdwatching, as you’re likely to see waterbirds like cormorants, ducks and swans. Look out for sea eagles resting on a nearby branch and watch for whistling kites soaring high above.

You Should Know:
  • Water is not available at the campgrounds, so you'll need to bring your own supply for drinking water and cooking.
  • Firewood is not provided so you’ll need to bring your own supply 
  • Sites are not powered
  • Shops are located in Tabourie (5km), Burrill Lake (12km) and Ulladulla
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Sunburnt Beach campground and Termeil Lake can become boggy when it rains
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at these locations – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • No domestic animals allowed
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Be careful where you put your shelter; our tent was partially eaten by local wild life!

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Our 'own' animal encounters:
  • Wallaby
  • Wombat
  • Red-bellied black snake
  • Cockatoo 
  • Lace Monitor (reptile)
  • and too many insects to mention!

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