Bournda & Wallagoot
Why live in beautiful Bournda and surrounds?
European people began settling in the district in the 1830s, and the first reference to the Bournda coastline occurred in 1858 when the ship ‘The Vision’ called at Tathra. The captain recorded that the sheltered deep waters of Kangarutha made it a potentially suitable site for a wharf. Kangarutha Point and Kianinny Bay were to be later used to store and ship agricultural produce. It is believed that the existing track to Kangarutha point is the track originally used to supply ships anchored there.
In 1859 Surveyor Bransby surveyed a track between bega and Bega along the Bournda coastline. The track was used to transport produce and passengers from the Merimbula port. They camped at Freshwater Lake, now known as Bondi Lake. The old road can still be seen on the western side of Bondi Lake. The land around Bondi Lake was subsequently cleared for dairy farming late last century with the area stocked by swimming the cattle ashore from ships moored off Bournda Beach. In the 1920s and 30s the northern section of Bournda was logged for railway sleepers and firewood. The land continued to be cleared until declared a park.
In 1975, 1055 hectares of reserved Crown and freehold land south of Wallagoot Lake was listed as a state recreation area. In 1980 the area was handed over to the National Parks and Wildlife Service and in 1986 a large area between Wallagoot Lake and Tathra to the north was added. In 1991 it was announced that the Bournda State Recreation Area was to gain national park status and in 1992 the 2590 hectares that is Bournda became a national park
Real Estate & Design
Bournda and Wallagoot real estate is predominantly made up of rural farming land and small acreage. Some of the lifestyle sections overlook or back onto the Wallagoot lake and surrounding waterways. With much of the subdivided land being released recently, house construction tends towards large, modern brick and tile accommodation. Houses built on bush blocks in the surrounding areas is more in tune with the forested landscape and there is a mixture of timber, straw bale and mud brick houses.
There are not any shopping facilities in the immediate vicinity of Bournda. Tura Beach has a Woolworths, news agency, post office and service station. Other shopping is available at Merimbula and Bega.
Sports & Fitness
The Bournda National Park is a fitness lover’s dream haven. With excellent walking and jogging tracks, bike and horse trails, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing spots the park provides a stunningly beautiful and natural alternative to indoor sports. Team sports are available at the nearby townships of Bega, Tathra and Merimbula.
Distance from Cities & Transportation
Bournda is an approximate twenty minutes to Bega and a ten minutes drive to Tura Beach, Tathra and Merimbula. State and Interstate bus services provide daily bus services from Bega to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. bega airport has daily flights to and from Melbourne and Sydney. Some local bus services are provided however these services are limited. Full bus services are provided to school age children.
Scott’s hut is architecturally and historically significant as a rare example of a vernacular building associated with the original agricultural settlement of the local area. The hut is a three room slab hut situated at Scott\'s Bay. It was constructed in 1890 by Thomas Scott from bush post and beam construction with sapling rafters, slab walls, a timber floor and iron gable roof. The central room has a large stone fireplace with an iron chimney.
Schools, Education & Institutions
Primary school aged children living in the Bournda area can attend the bega, Tathra or Bega public primary schools. A private Catholic primary school is located in Bega and the primary campus of the Sapphire Coast Anglican college is located at Pambula. Secondary students can attend the state Bega Public High School or the Eden Marine High School. Private secondary education is available at the Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula or the Sapphire Coast Anglican College campus in Bega.