bournda eec
bournda eec

Bondi Lake

Bondi Lake is of ecological significance as it is the closest and largest fresh water lake to the ocean in this region. The lake’s entire catchment is contained within the park and

remains relatively undisturbed making it an important habitat for waterbirds. . Bondi Lake does not open to the sea and is generally fresh.

The area around Bondi Lake was cleared and worked as a dairy as recently as last century.   At one stage cattle were jumped from ships standing out from Bournda Beach
and they swam ashore to graze around and drink from Bondi Lake which was at that stage privately owned.

During the last century the Bournda area supported two schools, one on the northwestern corner of Wallagoot Lake and one at the northern end of Bondi Lake.

In 1859 Surveyor Bransby surveyed a track between Merimbula and Bega along the park coastline, across the mouth of Bournda Lagoon. As Merimbula was a port for
Bega, the track was used to transport produce and passengers. Teams camped at `Freshwater Lake' (Bondi Lake). The route of the old road can still be seen between
old fence lines and stands of Melaleuca armillaris regrowth on the western side of Bondi Lake. Canoeing is carried out on Bournda Lagoon but boating and swimming are discouraged
on Bondi Lake in order to protect its habitat values and water quality.

Bondi Lake in the early days
Bondi lake today
Bondi lake in the early days
Bondi Lake today