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Barmouth Beach

"It’s a quiet beach with good swimming, fishing, and beautiful views. Barmouth is a gem of a spot in Ben Boyd National Park."

George Bass first landed at Barmouth Beach on 18 December 1797, seeking shelter from a gale. He travelled up Pambula River and marvelled at the beauty of the place. Since then, thousands of visitors have been inspired by the scenic views, whale watching and birdwatching around picturesque Merimbula Bay, on the spectacular NSW Far South Coast.

Located at the river mouth of Pambula, this family-friendly picnic spot is perfect for a leisurely lunch, with great swimming for the little ones. It’s also ideal for beach fishing, with salmon and tailor in the surf, and bream further up the river. The still water offers great canoeing opportunities and sea kayakers are often seen around the area.

Wildlife abounds in this area, so look for sea eagles, oystercatchers, whales and dolphins. From here, step out along the moderate walking track to Haycock Point.


Getting there

Getting there:

Barmouth Beach is in the Haycock Road precinct of Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Princes Highway south of Pambula
  • Turn left at Haycock Point Road
  • Turn left at the Barmouth Beach access road; you’ll see a sign.
  • A short path with steps takes you from the carpark down to the beach

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Barmouth Beach.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching or whale watching
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at Barmouth Beach – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters. Please note that netting and spear fishing are not permitted in the park, and you’re not allowed to collect crustaceans and marine animals from the rocks.
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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Barmouth Beach, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Yurasek