Seven Mile Beach National Park

Culture and history

Because of its environmental features, the Seven Mile Beach area has been a focus of human activity for thousands of years.

The Aboriginal people who traditionally used the natural resources of the area were part of the Dharawal language group. They had strong associations with other groups north to Sydney, inland to the southern highlands and south as far as Gippsland in Victoria.

European settlers altered the landscape to suit new uses. A canal and floodgate were constructed at the southern end of Coomonderry Swamp during the late 1800s to create pastures for the burgeoning dairy industry.

Logging of silver banksias for fruit packing cases occurred in the hind dune area and silica sand was extracted from the northern end of the beach until 1979.

In 1933, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith used Seven Mile Beach as his airstrip when he took the first paying passengers to New Zealand. He left Seven Mile Beach at 2.50 am in the 'Southern Cross' so that he would arrive in New Plymouth, New Zealand in daylight. The local community lit the beach with their car headlights for his take-off. This flight led to the Trans-Tasman Air Mail Service.

Cultural sites

Beach Road picnic area

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible, although some assistance may be required to access the picnic tables due to the soft ground surface.

Wheelchair facilities

  • Wheelchair access to beach lookout
  • Wheelchair toilet access
  • Wheelchair access to picnic shelter

Set among shady bangalay trees and only moments from the beach, Beach Road picnic area has everything you need for your next family outing or group picnic.

Spread out a blanket on the grass or set up your feast on the picnic tables or large sheltered area. Then head down to the beach to kick a ball with the kids or set up for a game of beach volleyball. Try your luck fishing from the beach, then throw your catch on the barbecue for lunch.

Wander through tall forests on the Sand track walk (south) or Sand track walk (north) and catch glimpses of rainbow lorikeets and rosellas dotted throughout the trees. Keep your eyes out for the gliders found in this area. And for those who want to laze about, sit back and enjoy the views of the sweeping beach from the viewing platform, a short stroll from the picnic area. And for those who want to laze about, sit back and enjoy the views of the sweeping beach from the viewing platform, a short stroll from the picnic area.

Activities: walking, surfing, picnics and barbecues, swimming, birdwatching

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Beach Road picnic area is in the central precinct of Seven Mile Beach National Park. To get there:

From Sydney or Wollongong:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway to Gerringong and drive south through Gerroa
  • Turn left into Beach Road, about 4km south of the bridge
  • Follow Beach Road to the end.

From Nowra:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway at Bolong Road, Bomaderry
  • Follow Bolong Road which becomes Gerroa Road
  • Turn right into Beach Road and follow to the end.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: In summer, Gerroa picnic area is open from 6am until 8pm everyday closed overnight. In winter, the picnic area is open 6am to 6pm.

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), flush toilets, cold showers, drinking water, lookout, trackhead/access point, carpark, amenities block


Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

by arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: from$7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

by arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

by arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

by arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

by arrangement
School excursion

What is a national park? State and national parks

Difficulty: easy

Park: Beach Road picnic area (Seven Mile Beach National Park)

Cost: start from $7.70 per student. Vehicle entry fees apply.

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement

Historic roads and tracks

Sand track walk (north) - 2.5km each way (one-way route)

Walking (easy, 1 hour 30 minutes each way)

General information

This short walk allows you to experience both the unique forests and stunning golden stretch of beach that make up Seven Mile Beach National Park.

Starting at the Beach Road picnic area, this walk meanders north towards Gerroa picnic area through dune blackbutt, bangalay forests and littoral rainforest. Take a moment in the forest to enjoy the birdwatching opportunities along the walk. Look out for thornbills, wrens, honeyeaters and the brown cuckoo dove.

Relax and enjoy the intimate bush setting at Gerroa picnic area. Retrace your steps back or kick off your shoes, get the sand between your toes and wander back along the golden beach as it stretches out into the distance.

Sand track walk (south) - 1.5km each way (one-way route)

Walking (easy, 1 hour 30 minutes each way)

General information

The Sand track walk (south) starts from the southern end of the Beach Road picnic area, and takes you through forested hind dunes running parallel to the beach.

Easy enough for the whole family, this level walk wanders among the forest of majestic tall blackbutt trees, a reminder of the forests that were widespread along the coast until 200 years ago. There are also patches of rare bangalay sand forest and littoral rainforest along the way.

After a short time, you’ll emerge at the middle of Seven Mile Beach, halfway between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads. Here, you can admire the golden stretch of beach stretching out in both directions.

After a short time, you’ll emerge at the middle of Seven Mile Beach, halfway between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads. Here, you can admire the golden stretch of beach stretching out in both directions. Enjoy a swim here before retracing your step or and wander back along the beach, enjoying the sea breeze before sitting down for a picnic at Beach Road picnic area.

Directions: Start the walk by taking the track from the southern side of the Beach Road picnic area. Look for the signpost. The track leads into the forested hind dunes. It runs roughly parallel to the beach as it meanders through a range of plant communities. To make this a loop walk, return to the picnic area along the beach.

Exploring cultural heritage in the park: events and activities

Commercial activity

Colourful Trips

South Coast day tripColourful Trips is a tour operator and travel agency specialising in the international youth and adventure market. We offer a schedule of regular departures for day trips from Sydney that give people the opportunity to explore the amazing range of national parks on offer, within a three hour driving radius from Sydney.

Private or charter groups are also catered for so call us or send an email, so we can help you explore nature.

More info: Colourful Trips, Phone: 02 9318 0853 (international +612 9318 0853)

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Commercial activity

Land's Edge

Snorkelling at Land's EdgeLand's Edge is one of Australia's leading providers of dynamic and progressive education outdoor experiences for schools and other groups.

Operating in Sydney Harbour, the NSW South Coast and in Kosciuszko National Park, the company's outdoor experiences combine adventure and personal growth.

Land's Edge provides safe and enjoyable programs, with participants guided at every turn by highly experienced and professional staff. Land's Edge staff adheres to comprehensive safety and risk-management procedures.

Land's Edge also offers inexpensive group accommodation on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The Land's Edge Sydney Harbour education/accommodation facility is located on the foreshore of Chowder Bay, on Sydney's lower North Shore and adjacent to Sydney Harbour National Park.

Offering spectacular Harbour views, the venue accommodates 75 people in fully refurbished dormitory-style rooms. A large, light-filled dining room in a bushland setting seats 80 and can be used for multiple purposes. 

More info: Land's Edge, Phone: 02 9969 0038 (international +612 9969 0038)

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