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Ben Boyd National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Ben Boyd National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Ben Boyd National Park supports programs that monitor, help recover and secure threatened bird populations. The area targets pest impacts, limits disturbance from recreational users and undertakes frequent monitoring. Fire safety is also a priority. As Ben Boyd National Park is located in the driest, windiest part of the NSW coast, fire management approaches are also frequently reviewed.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Ben Boyd National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management of wildlife like foxes and wild dogs, and weeds such as sea spurge, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Ben Boyd.

Conservation program

Containment of sea spurge

A highly destructive coastal weed, sea spurge has spread around Australia since it was first recorded as an invasive species in 1927. On the NSW South Coast, collaborative containment efforts have made major inroads in combatting this weed as it progresses northward.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Ben Boyd National Park works to keep visitors informed with as much knowledge of the area as possible, including public road access. As a priority, and an ongoing task, the park grades roads according to which type of vehicular road access is appropriate wherever necessary along public access roads nearby. Ben Boyd National Park is committed to the development of visitor facilities for the enjoyment and safety of its customers . Ongoing grading and maintenance of roads takes place in this park.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the South Coast region
  • Ben Boyd National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the southern section of the park (south of Eden). There is no park entry fee for the northern section of the park (north of Eden). The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Merimbula
      (02) 6495 5000
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods.
    • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
    • Email: FSCR@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 6495 5055
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Saltwater Creek Bay, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland