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Mimosa Rocks National Park

“I feel like I’ve escaped to a real seaside sanctuary here. And I’ve got my pick of gorgeous settings – beaches, bushland and of course, those amazing rocks.”

Just a short drive from Bega, Mimosa Rocks National Park offers up show-stopping headland views, beaches and pure lagoons, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with lookouts, rainforest pockets and historic sites to explore.

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 a view you’ll never forget, head to Bunga Head for sunrise, the rocks look magnificent backed by the pinks of the early morning sky.

It’s a great place to escape to for the day, and if you’d like to stay for longer, there are a range of campgrounds to choose from, including sites with motorhome and camper trailer access. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for fishing, surfing, snorkelling and birdwatching throughout the park, and there are great picnic areas to stop for a break.

The park’s headlands are great vantage points for whale watching during the annual migration from June to November. Start planning your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

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Why you should visit

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

Ancient connections
Mimosa Rocks National Park lies within the traditional Country of the Yuin people who have inhabited the region for thousands of years, climbing these headlands, swimming in the rivers and lakes, crossing the sand dunes and walking the beaches. The plants and animals within the park were a source of food, medicine and shelter for the Yuin people and the park’s landscape is strongly connected to Dreaming stories. Be sure to take the Mimosa Rocks walk for an insight into the Aboriginal heritage within the park.

Plant spectacular
When you’re driving from the south and about to cross the Bega River, you are sure to notice the knife edge boundary of spotted gum, with an understorey of burrawang palms; characteristic vegetation of Mimosa Rocks National Park. When exploring the dunes and cliffs of the park you’ll see coastal banksia, coast wattle and drooping she-oak that can withstand winds and salty air. Check the gullies for the tubular flowers of the endangered chefs hat correa, so called because it’s a similar shape to a chef’s hat.

Wildlife haven
The park provides refuge for koalas, swamp wallabies and ringtail possums, to name a few. Of an evening at Aragunnu campground, you may not see yellow-bellied gliders flitting between trees, but you might be able to hear their distinctive cackling sound that cuts through the silence of the night. At Gillards campground you may well see a long-nosed potoroo. About the size of a rabbit, they look quite similar to a bandicoot, except that they hop in a similar way to a kangaroo. The potoroo is nocturnal, so you are most likely to see them in the evening.

Bygone eras
Shipwrecks and mine shafts are just some of the park’s heritage attractions. Walk to ‘Riverview’ in the park’s south-east – the remains of these historic premises have important associations with the 19th century timber and coastal shipping industries. Visit Moon Bay, an old shipping port, to see a log-slide and mooring ring from bygone days.

Birds of a feather
The park is an important stop for many migratory birds that nest along the park’s coastline. Look along the beaches and rock platforms – you may see threatened hooded plovers or pied oystercatchers. The bar-tailed godwit stops by briefly in summer during its migration from Alaska to New Zealand. It’s a well deserved stop off as the bar-tailed godwit makes the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and the longest journey without pausing to feed by any animal. Look for them around the park’s lakes and lagoons.

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Getting there

 Car

From Bermagui follow the main Tathra-Bermagui Road.

 

From Bega, take the Tathra Road off of the Princes Highway at Bega and turn north on the Tathwa - Bermagui Road.

 

From Merimbula take Sapphire Coast Drive north to Tathra.

 

Side roads from Tathra-Bermagui Road, north of Tathra will take you to all areas of the park.

 Opening times

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

 Close to

Mimosa Rocks National Park is close to:

  • Tathra (5km)
  • Bermagui (22km)
  • Bega (25km)
  • Merimbula (30km)
  • Canberra (240km)

 Bike

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 Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • A great time for a family camping holiday by the beach, try Aragunnu campground or Gillards campground 

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Keep your eyes on the parks winter-flowering plants, like spotted gums, mugga ironbark and coastal banksia for honeaters and lorikeets

Spring (Sep, Oct, Nov)

  • Head to one of the park’s headlands for great whale watching – don’t forget your binoculars for up close views

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 15°C and  27°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 44.5°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 2°C and 18°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -8.1°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest months on average are February and March
  • The mean annual rainfall for the area is 857.9mm
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 454.2mm in one day

 

Safety

Visitors should be aware of the risks associated with bushfires in the Australian bush, particularly during summer. In the event of a bushfire, the safest place is likely to be on the beach. Fire control crews may be some distance away, and vehicles caught on narrow roads in the forest, by fallen trees or lack of visibility due to smoke, only make their job harder.

Contacts

Narooma

Phone: (02) 4476 0800
Street address: Cnr Graham & Burrawang Sts, Narooma NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Wajurda Point beach view. Photo: John Yurasek