Between Conjola Beach and Buckley’s Point on the south coast of NSW lies an idyllic track lined with burrawangs and banksias. Where the forest meets the sea, sweeping golden sands and lush canopies provide the perfect base for a cheeky kid-friendly adventure.
- Remote beaches
- Opportunity for aerial photography
- Family friendly
Conjola Beach Picnic Area
Gather the tribe and head to the South Coast, NSW, where mother nature reveals that she is the most accomplished artist ever. Just over a three hour drive from Sydney, Conjola Beach is located near the Lake Conjola township, within the Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.
The kids will excitedly spot many kangaroos along the way as you head towards the reserve. Turning off the road onto a dusty, dirt track (still accessible by car), head into bushland, where you’ll find a hidden picnic area, enveloped by tall majestic trees. The filtered sunlight provides an ideal spot to enjoy some lunch and chill with the clan. Keep in mind though, there are no toilet facilities in this area, so learn come prepared to pack out your poop and leave no trace for the next visitors to this beautiful spot!
Kids can take advantage of the sweeping tracks with their remote control cars, tearing up the rugged paths, without damaging the natural environment. Make sure they’re charged with plenty of juice to go and this should keep them entertained until swim time.
From here you can walk straight up a short path and be welcomed by golden sands and striking blue waters. The day we went was slightly cool, with a gentle salty mist hanging over the waters. This allowed us to create some stunning ambient photography.
There’s also a nearby lookout with expansive coastal views, which makes a brilliant location for photography, especially aerial. I enjoyed this time, whilst the kids occupied themselves with swimming and sand activities. This viewing platform is also perfect for photography of sea eagles and whales which frequent the area.
The Burrawang Track
Once you’ve taken in this idyllic setting, take the Burrawang track to Buckley’s Point. The winding Burrawang track is about 2km return and takes in both coastal rainforest and coastal wetlands, with an abundance of burrawangs and bright yellow banksias.
Amongst the widespread canopy you’ll see plenty of birds weaving through tree branches. If you’re into bird watching, I highly recommend you take your binoculars.
The Burrawang track leads through the forest to the scenic Buckley’s Point. With rock climbing on offer, the kids enjoyed tackling the area. (Just be careful and help them out!) The rock vicinity was scattered with bones of cuttlefish and squid which also captivated the kids for quite some time. We met a group of fishermen setting up for the late afternoon as this place is apparently a fisherman’s delight.
After a fully packed day, sunset approached and we had the option of heading back through the bush track or along the beach. We chose the beach which made for a cooling and refreshing way to complete the trek.
How To Get There
Conjola Beach is just over three hours south of Sydney and just twenty minutes north of Ulladulla, on the South Coast, NSW.
From Sydney, on the M1 follow the signs to Nowra. Keep on the Princes Highway/A1 until you see signs for Lake Conjola. Take a left onto Lake Conjola Entrance Road, making a turn onto Thorn Street, and follow the signs onto Beach Road; a dirt track which takes you straight to the secluded picnic area.
- Food and water
- Sun protection
- Camera and drone
- Fishing gear
- RC Cars
- Photography including aerial
- Bird and whale watching
- RC car racing
The whole family can easily navigate the formed track, occasional steps and minor obstacles on the way.
Approximate 2km return with gentle hills and open beaches.
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