It's a beautiful sunny day at Bournda Beach, the campgrounds full and visiting school groups kayaking on Bournda lagoon.
It seems a far cry from Friday morning's grisly news a badly decomposed foot was found nearby only days ago, confirmed by investigating police officers as belonging to missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick.
Those enjoying the serene surroundings of Bournda National Park and all the natural joys it has to offer were reluctant to speak about the news making national headlines Friday.
How the remains of a woman who disappeared the day after ASIC executed a search warrant at her Sydney home on November 11, 2020, remains to be determined.
Bournda Beach lies between Tathra and Merimbula on the NSW Far South Coast - some 400-plus kilometres from Sydney's eastern suburbs.
The beach stretches 4.1km and can be accessed by three points along the Bournda Road. You can either go via the popular Hobart Beach camping area, Bournda Lagoon or Wallagoot Gap parking areas.
The beach is popular for hikes such as the Sandy Creek loop track and Kangarutha track, for scenic picnics at Turingal Head, and for fishing and boating on Wallagoot Lake.
On the southern end of Bournda Beach, near North Tura, is the Bournda Lagoon and Hobart Beach camping ground.
The lagoon is sheltered and shallow, it is a safe environment for children to swim and paddle. Both the lagoon and the Hobart Beach campground are popular for school outdoor activities and camps.
Paperbark trees border the lagoon and honey myrtle grows down near the shore. The lagoon is also an ideal place for birdwatchers as it is often visited by black swans, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sea eagles that glide overhead.
At the tip of the southern end of Bournda beach is Bournda Island which is attached to the beach by a rocky headland and sand dunes backing the beach.
The sand dunes stretch all along the beach and near Wallagoot can be like mountains of sand with crowns of spinifex plants.