Nature and Parks
National parks on the Sapphire Coast
Enjoy the great outdoors in the Sapphire Coast's beautiful national parks. Take your pick of things to do from bushwalking and birdwatching, to fishing, surfing, snorkelling and sea kayaking. Take advantage of great vantage points for whale watching in Eden in Ben Boyd National Park.
If you enjoy bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, horse riding or cycling, you'll love the great outdoors in these Sapphire Coast national parks.
Just a short drive from Bega, Mimosa Rocks National Park offers a show-stopping natural attraction composed of headland views, beautiful quiet beaches and pure lagoons. The park takes its name from the paddle steamer, Mimosa, that wrecked in 1863 after running onto rocks at the northern end of the park. The rocks of Mimosa have distinctive castle-like features that are the result of intricate folds, faults and intrusions occurring in the rock. For an unforgettable experience, head to Bunga Head for sunrise, the rocks look magnificent backed by the pinks of the early morning sky.
Ben Boyd National Park is another popular national park on the Sapphire Coast, great for camping, bushwalking and exploring the coast. From Pambula in the north to historic Green Cape lighthouse in the south, Ben Boyd National Park features rugged coastlines, vivid rock formations, pristine beaches, extensive areas of coastal heath and intriguing history.
Bournda National Park features a diversity of water environments including salt and freshwater lakes, a lagoon and creek, and a magnificent coastline. Take in the scenic water views along an extensive network of walking tracks. Discover secluded beaches and spectacular cliffs along the rugged coastline on the Kangarutha walking track.
Explore the park's spectacular 31 kilometre Light to Light Walk that hugs the coastline between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. Enjoy ever-changing views through heathland to forest and red-rock platforms. The walk can be completed over two to three days or in shorter half day sections.
Bushwalkers, wildlife watchers and photographers may enjoy the park's many walking tracks to scenic points such as Bournda Island and Bournda Lagoon. Check out the northern shores of Wallagoot Lake for sailing or paddling. Hobart Beach features excellent camping facilities.
Superb coastal lookouts and photographic opportunities can be found along the coastline of this stunning national park. Highlights include Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Wajurda Point, each offering expansive views along the coast, with long beaches, cliffs and dramatic headlands.
0.5km (one way) - 0.33 hour - Easy difficulty
Stretch your legs and take in exceptional ocean views on the Wajurda Point walking track. Beginning at Moon Bay carpark, the short walk takes you...
Mount Imlay National Park is a peaceful pocket of remote bushland, narrow rocky ridges and deep gullies, just 30km south of Eden on NSW's far south coast. It's a perfect place for those who want to ge...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/mount-imlay-national-park
6km (one way) - 3 hour - Medium difficulty
Sandy Creek loop track is a moderately challenging hiking trail that will keep you interested all the way round. The track passes through various na...
7km (one way) - 2.5 hour
Bittangabee Bay to Green Cape walking track, is in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park. The walk follows a route that has been travelled by lightkeepers ov...
0.75km (one way) - 1 hour - Medium difficulty
Myanba Gorge walking track is a short walk that offers young and old the opportunity to experience this unique natural setting. The wheelchair-fr...
2km (one way) - 2 hour - Hard difficulty
Pheasants Peak walking track is a short, yet challenging walk, through old growth forest with spectacular views from the summit. Go walking through ta...
13.2km (one way) - 4.5 hour - Easy difficulty
For an enticing sample of Light to Light walk, consider tracing a smaller section of its 30km, from Boyds Tower to Saltwater Creek walking track....
0.4km (one way) - 0.5 hour - Easy difficulty
Follow the boardwalk that meanders through the tall forest and, before long, Jewfish walk arrives at the beach on the edge of Wonboyn Lake. Once y...
A rocky enclosed bay with a small, scenic beach, Bittangabee Bay is an appealing spot to kick back and soak up spectacular coastline views. Remote without being inaccessible, it offers secluded swimmi...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/ben-boyd-national-park/bittangabee-bay/swimming