The spectacular waterways of the coastal town of Tuross Head are the setting for this easy and enjoyable family ride. The ride follows the Coila Lake, ocean and Tuross River foreshores on the off-road shared pathway. There are magnificent ocean views, dramatic headlands, rocky outcrops, the Norfolk Pines and birdlife for enthusiast photographers. There is interpretative signage along the route and a brief stroll into the Memorial Gardens at Plantation Point is worthwhile. Soak up the coastal views from One Tree Point, a lookout just a short walk off the cycleway. Start your ride from Kyla Oval, Hector McWilliams Drive and continue to the beach car park at Tuross Boulevard south. Ride along the path until you connect with Olive Crescent, veer left into Nelson Parade. Continue until you arrive at the car park to the restaurants and boat sheds on Tuross Lake. Return distance is 12 kilometres.
Set on the foreshore of the beautiful Tuross Lake, Tuross Boatshed and Café is a must see attraction on the South Coast. Award-winning fish and chips, alfresco coffee, boat hire, surf and dive equipment, fishing tackle, bait, ice and helpful advice. Tuross Boatshed and Café are proud to provide a relaxing, authentic opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an historic, waterside experience that will reflect the tranquillity of the lake, the professionalism of their service and the quality and affordability of the food and merchandise available.
All paddlers have plenty of kayaking options on this lavish lake scattered with estuaries and islands. The prospect of catching a glimpse of local wildlife such as birds, kangaroos and even emus makes for an exciting paddle. Launch into shallow water near the boat ramp on Nelson Parade or from Obrien's Boatshed on Nelson Parade, where Kayaks and Canoes can be hired. Route options include an 18 kilometre round trip north to Horse Island, then west up the estuary to and around Borang Lake, returning on the southern side of Horse Island. Another pleasurable two hour island paddle takes you south of Horse Island then around Cambathin Island, across to Deuaumba Island past the old bridge, returning to the launch point via the main channel. A variety of waterfront cafes and restaurants are available alongside the landing spots, with picnic tables, toilets and a playground nearby.