Tuross Head is a place many visitors never want to leave. Spend time here and you are bound to meet someone who has done just that.
Set on a low-lying headland perched between twin lakes, and with stunning ocean beaches stretching north and south, the small village is surrounded by magnificent waterways.
Tuross Lake Inlet, where the sea and the Tuross River meet, provides days that are impossibly beautiful. The best advice, after you have photographed it and shared it with your friends, is to switch off, unplug and become part of it.
The beach area to the north of the inlet is sublime, with the water ranging from crystal clear to deep blue as it alternates the sandy depths and shallows. The beach here has a knack for attracting driftwood and it’s not unusual to find sun-bleached castaway-style shelters, or impromptu abstract art forms, crafted by other beachgoers.
Across the narrow inlet to the south, the long tapering sandbar that protects the lake becomes a wide beach forming the gateway to Eurobodalla National Park. The inlet current can be strong here, so you need to pick your times, but a swim or kayak across the sparkling water to the sandbar, and time spent wading with the rays, fish and birds, is a life-affirming pleasure that lingers with you long after.
Not far from the inlet, on the calm waters of Tuross Lake, is the small but enchanting waterfront café area. Once the working boat sheds and wharf for the commercial fishery, the original timber building and dock are largely unchanged. Like the inlet, it’s an area that calls to be photographed and shared, but don’t forget just to sit and take in the broad views across the unspoilt waterway. It’s a special place, and almost unique in allowing you to tie your kayak or boat up right next to your table, or cast a line while having a coffee. A meal here at sunset, watching the water, earth and sky shift through the spectrum of colours, is particularly fine.
Tuross Lake here is renowned for large and plentiful flathead. Fed by the Tuross River, a network of natural channels provides hidden fishing holes, unexpected islands and sheltered picnic spots. On the opposite side of the peninsula, the smaller shallower Coila Lake is famous for large bream and small greenback prawns. Prawning in season can be as simple as walking the shallows with a torch and scoop net, and is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend a summer evening with family and friends.
The ocean beach that protects Coila Lake from the sea forms the southern end of the Bingie Dreaming Track, a coastal walk that traces the ancient song lines of the Brinja-Yuin Aboriginal people. It is the belief of the Brinja-Yuin that their Spirit Ancestors created the Dreaming Track in the journey of Creation across the land. The track brings you close to traditional shell middens, stone quarries, knapping (stone-tool making) sites, camp sites and fresh water sources. All are invited to walk the track, which offers vantage points to view whales, dolphins and the coastline winding north.