Mimosa Rocks National Park Gets Bigger! [38]

By David Winkworth

I know there’s a State Election coming up and the pollies go beserk with pork barrelling at this time …but there is a State Government announcement that’s worth advertising from the far South Coast.

In December last year, the State Government announced the acquisition for $3 million of 106 hectares of stunning coastal land between Bermagui and Tathra which adjoins the northern boundary of Mimosa Rocks National Park. This will increase the coastline of the park by about 3 kms, and extends the park from Hidden Valley (where clubmembers camped on the recent Bermagui –Tathra paddle) to Goalen Head.

There is just no doubt that this area, and much of the south coast of NSW, is amongst the very best of paddling venues in Australia…and possibly the world (is that correct Norm?)

The Government also announced the formation of “The Coastal Council of NSW’, established under the Coastal Protection Act of 1979. This “watchdog committee’ will advise the government on planning and management issues of the NSW coastline within one kilometre of the shoreline including rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries and islands and three nautical miles seawards.

On the day of the announcement by the State Government Norm Sanders and I went up there for an inspection of the area on foot. There is right-of-way road access to Goalen Head through private property but it is difficult to locate so call me if you’d like to go in there and I’ll give you directions. The road gives access to Murrah Beach which is ideal for kayak launching. From Goalen Head, the view south to Hidden Valley and Bunga Head is superb. There are a few small beaches in the acquired area for landing but the best camping is still at Hidden Valley.

The coastal strip is to be handed over to NPWS. They won’t yet say what they are going to do with it but I’ll wager that increased car access is on the agenda because of people pressure on existing park facilities such as those at Arragunnu and Picnic Point to the south of Bunga Head.

So, if you feel like a kayaking adventure, come on down and explore this area before the caravans move in and you have to pay to camp there. Sadly, I think that time is coming when kayakers will paddle green boats and camp in green tents to avoid paying exhorbitant NPWS camping fees for facilities they don’t use and damage they don’t cause.