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Ben Boyd National Park

“We stepped outside the lighthouse keeper’s cottage where we were staying and saw a mother and baby whale calf frolicking just off the point.”

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.

Its finest attractions, though, are not man-made. With rare wildlife, sheltered inlets and 45km of stunning rocky coastline, the park’s rugged beauty is a sight to behold. Walk one of the park’s easy tracks, like the Pambula River walking track or Pinnacles track. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on the multi-day Light to Light walk and enjoy the colourful display of rocks that stand out against the sapphire blue water of the Pacific Ocean.

This is a great place for a daytrip – there are lots of picnic spots and plenty of places to go fishing. The park’s lofty lookouts are excellent for whale watching – head to Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site if you’re interested in finding out more about the area's whaling history.


Why you should visit

Ben Boyd National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Aboriginal history
The Traditional Owners and Custodians of Ben Boyd National Park, the Yuin people, have lived in the area for thousands of years. On the Pambula River Walk you can see ancient Aboriginal sites – one midden has been proven to be over 3,000 years old. At Twofold Bay, the Yuin people had a special relationship with the killer whales. The killer whales drove humpback whales into shore, the people used spears to kill them and killer whales and people shared the meat. The Aboriginal people later taught European settlers to work with the killer whales in the shore based whaling days of Twofold Bay. Find out more about this fascinating history at Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site.

Fascinating coastal heritage
The first shore-based whaling station on mainland Australia was set up at Twofold Bay in 1828. Benjamin Boyd established a competing business and built a private lighthouse, Boyd’s Tower, and a township, Boydtown, before being declared bankrupt. The coast was the site of many shipwrecks. The Green Cape Lighthouse commenced operation in 1883 but shipwrecks continued, including the Ly-ee-moon that sank in 1886. You can pay your respects to some of the 76 victims at a graveyard a short walk from the lighthouse. There are also regular guided tours of the lighthouse.

Meet the locals
Several threatened species take refuge here. North of Pambula River there’s an important population of yellow-bellied gliders – listen carefully for their trademark crackles and shrieks. This area is also great for birdwatching. Along the coast look out for seabirds, especially the beautiful white bellied sea eagles.

Rugged flora
The park’s vegetation reflects its location in the driest, windiest part of the state’s coastline. You’ll see stretches of coastal heath beside sea cliffs and scrub shaped by salty air. There are also patches of tall coastal forest and wet forest gullies.

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Getting there


The park is accessed from the Princes Highway. From Eden you’ll be travelling north to the northern section of the park and south to the southern section. From Merimbula you’ll be travelling south to the park. From the Princes Highway:

  • Take Pambula Beach Road from Pambula to access the park north of the Pambula River
  • Take Haycock Road, north of Eden, for the northern section of the park


  • Take Edrom Road, south of Eden, for the southern section of the park

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 Opening times

Ben Boyd National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.


Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. Throughout the park there are self-registration locations to pay the fee.

 Close to

Ben Boyd National is close to:

  • Pambula (1km)
  • Eden (8km)
  • Merimbula (10km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport website.


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Ben Boyd National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Plan a camping trip to Saltwater Creek - to enjoy the lagoons and beautiful surf beach

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Visit Green Cape Lighthouse or Boyds Tower to spot whales migrating south to their Antarctic feeding grounds - you might even see females with young calves

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Take the Light to Light walk when it's nice and cool and the banksias are in bloom

Autumn(Mar, Apr, May)

  • Camp at Bittangabee Beach campground and see lyrebirds performing their characteristic dance and tail display



  • The average temperature ranges between 16°C and 23°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 37.2°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 8°C and 12°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is 2°C


  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest month on average is August
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 370.1mm in one day



Phone: (02) 6495 5000
Street address: Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods

Saltwater Creek Bay, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland