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Corunna Lake
Narooma, New South Wales


 
Corunna Lake has a small, neat grassy picnic area that leads directly onto a sandy beach. The outlook from the beach is largely bush, with a view of Mount Dromedary in the distance. For swimming, the sandy beach provides a gentle grade into the water, with sea grasses under foot a short distance away from the shore. The grassy picnic area at Corunna Lake, with boats at the water's edge Above: The grassy picnic area at Corunna Lake, with boats at the water's edge.

The lake varies in salinity according to whether the river mouth is open or closed. The mouth is tucked around the corner and out of sight from the picnic area, some 3 km downstream, so the tidal influence in and around the picnic area didn't feel strong.
The presence of sea grasses suggests that the mouth is predominantly open. At the time of my visit, the water tasted salty and I even saw a large jellyfish that had floated into the lake. Depending on the winds and currents, the sea grass can also wash up and accumulate on the lake beach, which doesn't look that great and can give off a bit of a pong. Visibility in the water was also quite poor. Sea grasses washed up on the beach at Corunna Lake Above: Sea grasses washed up on the beach at Corunna Lake

Access is limited around the lake due to a combination of private property and national park, which means that if people are visiting the lake, they usually congregate at this small picnic area. The downside for swimmers is that the picnic area also has a boat ramp, with boats and jetskis permitted to use the beach. As a result, it is hugely popular with the waterskiing crowd.

If you travelling along the Princes Highway on the south coast, the picnic area is less than 200 metres off the highway, so by all means pop in and have a look, particularly for a weekday swim when often there is no one else around. However, if you are visiting on a weekend in summer, or over the Christmas holidays, look for a swim at another nearby lake, because the water craft here are too numerous, noisy and can be a hazard if you are planning to swim away from the shore.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Corunna Lake Road, Eurobodalla National Park, Narooma, New South Wales, 350 km (approx. 4.5 hr drive) south of the Sydney CBD and 220 km (approx 3hr drive) south-east of the Canberra city centre.
Latitude:-36.266900 Longitude:150.128701
Getting there: The Corunna Lake Picnic Area is directly off the Princes Hwy (A1), 8 km south of Narooma. There are around a dozen parking spaces at the lakeside car park.
Facilities: Public toilets, picnic tables, public barbecues, lawn, boat ramp.
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Murky
Under foot: Sand and sea grasses.
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced due to the often high boat traffic and low visibility in the water.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No pets, no smoking.
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: There is no formal wheelchair access, but the ground is fairly flat.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at the picnic area. If you are staying overnight in the area you can try accommodation in nearby Narooma, 8 km to the north.
Managing authority: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: Swimming at Mummuga Lake Inlet.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the picnic area.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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