Sapphire Coast nature and parks

The Sapphire Coast lives up to its name as a precious gem on the far NSW South Coast with violet-blue seas and swathes of white sand along the stunning coastline. There is so much to see and do in the national parks from bushwalks to kayaking, fishing, cycling, campgrounds near secluded beaches and lots of native wildlife.

One of Australia’s best bushwalking trails is the Light to Light walk near Eden. You can enjoy the three-day trek in its entirety or divide into day trips through the magnificent Ben Boyd National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as koalas and spot whales during the season from May and early November.

Couple enjoying a morning walk along the Aragunnu Walking Track in Mimosa Rocks National Park

A short drive from Bega or Tathra is Mimosa Rocks National Park, where day-trippers will be rewarded with amazing rock formations, gorgeous empty beaches and tranquil lagoons. The park takes its name from the paddle steamer Mimosa, which shipwrecked in 1863 on jagged rocks in the northern section of the park.

Many of the coastal cliffs and rock formations in Mimosa are shaped like castles. The park is a sanctuary for koalas, swamp wallabies, long-nosed potoroos and ringtail possums. For an unforgettable experience, head to Bunga Head at dawn to watch the sun paint the sky pink, creating a striking backdrop for the rocks.

Wallagoot Gap, accessed by the Turingal Head/Kangarutha Walking Track in Bournda National Park

Bournda National Park to the south of Tathra is a popular spot for water sports and features a boat ramp at the shimmering Wallagoot Lake. Take the challenging Kangarutha walking track along the rugged coastline where you will find pockets of rainforest, sandy beaches and scenic vantage points for whale watching.

Between Bega and Bermagui is Biamanga National Park, a significant site for the local Yuin Aboriginal people. This striking wilderness is strewn with granite boulders, groves of ribbon gums, cascades and Mumbulla Mountain. There are free barbecue facilities and other amenities at the Biamanga Cultural area, which is worth a visit.

For a walk with wow factor head to the Goodenia Rainforest walking track in Merimbula,  which is a 1.2km loop. This lovely track is suitable for children, meandering around a cool temperate rainforest that includes a canopy of lilly pilly and a pretty gully of ferns. Pack lunch to enjoy at the picnic area.