Eurobodalla National Park

Ocean beaches, spotted gum forests, wetlands and estuaries offer a variety of scenery and an important habitat area for waterbirds and threatened native animals such as the white-footed dunnart. The Eurobodalla area also has significant Aboriginal and European cultural sites.

 

Getting there

This park is near...
Narooma (7 km, 10 minutes)
Moruya (8 km, 10 minutes)

 

Best access routes

South of Narooma, take the turn off from the Princes Highway to Mystery Bay to get to the southern section of the park.
Road quality: paved

 

Turn into South Head Road just south of Moruya to get to the South Head area.
Road quality: paved

 

To get to Brou Lake and Beach turn off the Princes Highway north of Narooma.
Road quality: unpaved sections

 

Facilities & things to do
>>Walking tracks
>>Car touring
>>Horse riding
>>Canoeing & boating
>>Swimming
>>Fishing
>>Picnics & barbecues
>>Lookouts
>>Camping grounds
>>Walks

 

Culture & history

 

>>Significant places & sites in the park
>>Wreck of the SS Monaro
>>Pilot station, South Head Moruya
>>Toragy Point cemetery
>>Wreck of the Kameruka
>>History in the park

 

The park area since colonisation

 

The historical development of the south coast region has followed a pattern common to many areas of coastal NSW. Initial movements into the area by Europeans were led by explorers, whalers and timber getters. The development of pastoral interests in the area resulted in scattered settlements centred on station houses and land clearing activities.

 

The period from the 1840s to the 1900s saw a rapid development of the area as a result of several often short-lived gold rushes, the growth of more intensive pastoral and agricultural land uses, and the expansion of timber getting activities.

 

To service these expanding industries many small towns grew up throughout the area, often acting as transport nodes and points of supply for surrounding districts. Several of these towns, such as Moruya, became important ports, bringing in much needed supplies as well as exporting local products north to Sydney.

 

The old pilot station and surrounding area of 6700 m², incorporating the former pilot's cottage, office, stables, enclosure and landscaped area, is currently leased to a residential occupant. The lessee records meteorological data several times a day as part of the station's ongoing role as one of the longest continually operating meteorological stations in Australia.

 

In the late 1800s and early 1900s the headland west of Corunna Point had a small velodrome and pavilion, acting as a focal point for community recreation. Today nothing remains of these structures except a mound of earth where the velodrome was. Similarly, little structural evidence remains of either the Corunna goldfields or Loader Farm.

 

History of the park

 

Eurobodalla National Park was gazetted in 1995, with a 40 hectare addition to the area south of Bingie Bingie Point in 1997. The park incorporates Crown land and land that was purchased under the Coastal Lands Protection Scheme.

 

The park is made up of 16 geographically discrete areas ranging from narrow parcels along the coast to more consolidated areas of coast and fringing forests. Importantly, the park also includes the intertidal zone for much of its seaward boundary. It includes a number of lakes (Tarouga, Meringo, Brou, Mummaga, Kellys and part of Corunna) that are reserved to the high water mark or beyond. The intertidal zone of the lakes and the lake beds are also incorporated in the park. About 27 hectares of the park lies within the intertidal zone.

 

An essential part of the management of Eurobodalla National Park is recognising its significance as part of a regional conservation strategy. Such a strategy should take into account the relationships between individual protected areas and other forms of land use. A network of protected areas, such as that which exists on the state's south coast, is essential to allow coastal plant and animal communities to survive and adapt during environmental change.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

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