Sapphire Coast nature and parks

Explore the extraordinary natural beauty of the Sapphire Coast. In national parks, you’ll find wonderful things to do and see, including bushwalking, kayaking, fishing and cycling. There are campgrounds near secluded beaches and the wildlife is incredible, from koalas to whales.

One of Australia’s best bushwalking trails is the Light to Light walk, near Eden on the far NSW South Coast. The three-day trek – you can enjoy small sections on day trips – is through the magnificent Ben Boyd National Park. Humpback whales can be spotted between May and early November.

Green Cape from the air - Eden - Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

A short drive from Bega or Tathra is Mimosa Rocks National Park, where there are amazing rock formations, gorgeous quiet 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.

Some of the rock formations are castle-shaped. The park is a sanctuary for koalas, swamp wallabies, long-nosed potoroos and ringtail possums. For an unforgettable experience, head to Bunga Head for a glorious sunrise, with the pinks of the early morning sky creating a striking backdrop for the rocks.

Aerial view of Mogareeka - where Bega River meets the sea - Mimosa Rocks National Park

To the south of Tathra is Bournda National Park. A popular destination for water sports, there is a boat ramp at the shimmering Wallagoot Lake. On the challenging Kangarutha walking track along the rugged coastline are pockets of rainforest, sandy beaches and vantage points for whale watching.

Between Bega and Bermagui is Biamanga National Park, a significant site for local Yuin Aboriginal people. This striking wilderness contains granite boulders, ribbon gums, cascades and Mumbulla Mountain. At the Biamanga Cultural area there are free barbecue facilities and other amenities.

Near Merimbula is the Goodenia Rainforest walking track, a 1.2km loop. This is a lovely track for walking with children, meandering in a cool temperate rainforest. You’ll walk under a lilly pilly canopy and through a pretty gully of ferns. After the walk, enjoy a barbecue lunch in the picnic area.