Wallagoot Car Park to Games Bay
Yuin Country

2 h to 4 h

5.2 km
return

↑ 149 m
↓ -149 m

Hard track
The walk to Games Bay from Wallagoot Car Park follows the picturesque coastline north. The walk is well signposted and the turquoise blue water is right next to the track as it winds onto the sandy beach of the bay. The secluded beach is a great place to spend a few hours splashing in the water and exploring the area. 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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Wallagoot picnic area and car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Wallagoot Gap intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign for Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangarutha Track north of Wallagoot Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Banksias beside the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tickbush (Kunzea ambigua) Flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seed pod. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Post marker on track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker beside Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Games Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Post marker on Kangarutha Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Games Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Games Bay sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seats beside Games Bay. | 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 (-36.7849543,149.9610936)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Bega Street
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 38.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 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 8.8 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Sapphire Coast Drive, 9 and drive for another 4.1 km
  • Turn left onto Wallagoot Lake Road and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 80 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
(Wallagoot car park is found at the end of Wallagoot Lake Rd, off the Sapphire Coast Drive.) This walk leaves the car park along the track between the information sign (on the right) and toilet (on the left), heading between two cut logs. The wide track dips through a valley then heads over a rise, coming to a signposted intersection (with a timber platform on the right). ....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks.
Turingal Head Car Park (about 35 m back from the start).
After 50 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
Then pass the sign (10 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Wallagoot Gap. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Bournda Coastal Walking Tracks & Kangarutha walking track) turn left, to head along Kangarutha walking track.
After another 2.4 km come to "Games Bay".
Games Bay
Games Bay

Games Bay, Bournda National Park, is located along the Kangarutha Track, south of Tathra. The bay is formed by two rocky sides, and backed by a sandy beach. Games Bay Creek runs through the beach out to sea, but flows intermittently. The bay is named after Mr Games, a settler who cleared and used the surrounding area of the bay for dairy farming. Mr Games also made a track from Games Bay to White Rock. The bay is backed by a small fireplace with driftwood seats around it.
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Games Bay, Bournda National Park, is located along the Kangarutha Track, south of Tathra. The bay is formed by two rocky sides, and backed by a sandy beach. Games Bay Creek runs through the beach out to sea, but flows intermittently. The bay is named after Mr Games, a settler who cleared and used the surrounding area of the bay for dairy farming. Mr Games also made a track from Games Bay to White Rock. The bay is backed by a small fireplace with driftwood seats around it.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.6 km to get back to the start.

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 5 m veer left.
After 20 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.
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Terrain
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Wallagoot Car Park to Games Bay


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.2 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
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 35 m from the start.


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