BushWalking near The Bower, South Coast NSW
There are many options for bushwalking or rambling near The Bower on the South Coast of New South Wales.
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Illawong walk via The Bower – 2.2 km easy loop walk
Illawong Nature Reserve is a 50 hectare wetland conservation area that adjoins The Bower. It can only be accessed on foot so we are fortunate to have this special neighbor. There are management trails through the reserve that provide a relaxing walking route. Illawong is also a bird-watcher’s paradise so bring your binoculars!
Candalagan walk to Broulee Beach – 4.5 km easy return walk
This diverse walk starts by winding through The Bower forest then crosses George Bass Drive and follows alongside Candlagan Creek to where it flows into the sea at North Broulee Beach. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the journey and spend some time exploring or relaxing at the beach before you return.
The current bridge over Candlagan Creek was re-built in 2015 after the first vehicular bridge was built in the 1960s. Prior to this there had been a footbridge across the creek, as shown in this 1950 painting.
Broulee “island” is easily accessible as it is joined to the mainland by a sandbar. The island walk is very popular due to the wide range of native flora and fauna, in addition to the remnant artefacts of the early European settlement of the area.
Although originally mapped with a village layout in 1837, Broulee Island never experienced urban development. Lots were sold in 1840 but it was not until the early 1960s that the Council put blocks on the island up for auction. A few were sold, but in 1964 the Council had second thoughts, resumed all of the blocks and resolved to turn the island into a nature reserve. It was formally declared as such in 1972.
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