Nature and Parks

Highlights

National Parks on the Sapphire Coast

Explore the great outdoors in the Sapphire Coast's beautiful National Parks. Enjoy stunning coastal tracks and bushwalking trails for all levels. Take advantage of great vantage points for some spectacular whale watching in Eden from May to November. 
  • Saltwater Creek Bay, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast
  • Bournda National Park, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

Coastal Wilderness

Enjoy bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, horse riding or cycling in the great expanse of Sapphire Coast's National Parks.

Ben Boyd National Park is a beautiful national park on the Sapphire Coast, ideal for camping, bushwalking and exploring the coast. From Pambula in the north to historic Green Cape lighthouse in the south, this beautiful stretch of coastline features vivid rock formations, pristine beaches, extensive areas of coastal heath and fascinating local indigenous and colonial history. 

Just a short drive from Bega, Mimosa Rocks National Park also 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, as vivid daylight spreads along the coast.

Wajurda Point beach view, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast.

Bournda National Park, near Tathra, features a diversity of water environments including salt and freshwater lakes, a lagoon and creek, and a magnificent coastline.

Shore-based whale watching is another fantastic way to combine a hike through the unspoiled wilderness. The Kangarutha Walking Track, in the Bournda National Park offers spectacular sea views and lookouts for whale watching. Visit Ben Boyd National Park, drive along the Tura Beach Headland or hike through Mimosa Rocks National Park for more fantastic vantage points from which to view these remarkable giants. 

You can also discover secluded beaches and spectacular cliffs along the rugged coastline on the Kangarutha walking track.

  • North Haycock Point, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

    Ben Boyd National Park

    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.

  • Bournda National Park, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

    Bournda National Park

    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. 

  • Nelson Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park

    Mimosa Rocks National Park

    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.

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    Aslings Beach

    Aslings Beach is central to the town of Eden, and flanks the northern part of Twofold Bay. Whales (October-November) and dolphins are often seen right along the shoreline, either feeding or...

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    Ben Boyd National Park

    Ben Boyd National Park invites you to discover its intriguing history. From Aboriginal middens to a heritage lighthouse, the park holds loads of historic surprises just waiting for you to discover....

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