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.
Above: The grassy picnic area at Corunna Lake, with boats at the water's edge
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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.
Above: Sea grasses washed up on the beach at Corunna Lake
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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.
Other Information Before You Go:
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.
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.
Public toilets, picnic tables, public barbecues, lawn, boat ramp.
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.
Shade available out of the water
There is no formal wheelchair access, but the ground is fairly flat.
There is no camping at the Corunna Lake picnic area. If you want to stay near this swimming spot, you can try the following options.
All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies, with Narooma being the nearest large town.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Swimming at Mummuga Lake Inlet
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the picnic area.
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