The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
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 near Tathra 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.