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South East Forests National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about South East Forests National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    There are many access points for South East Forests National Park and directions will vary depending on which part of the park you would like to visit. General directions are below.

    From Merimbula or Pambula, travel south along the Princes Highway. Turn right at Mount Darragh Road for access to Goodenia Rainforest and Wolumla Peak or continue further west towards Bombala.

    From Bombala, travel east along Mount Darragh Road and look for signposts to visitor areas within the park.

    From Bega, take the Princes Highway south before turning onto Candelo Bega Road, then take Myrtle Mountain Road from Candelo.

    Park entry points


    By bike

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

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in South East Forests National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    Head to the Bombala River in the early morning or late afternoon to see platypuses - look for circular ripple patterns in the water.


    See Nunnocks Swamp and grasslands in its spring bloom glory.


    A great time for a walk in the park – try the easy Goodenia Rainforest walk through a lush gully of ferns covered by a dense canopy of tall lilly pilly trees.


    After a day exploring, get cosy in front of an open fire at historic Alexanders Hut, Nunnocks Swap.


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    South East Forests National Park


    • in the South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions
    • South East Forests National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

      • Bombala
        (02) 6458 5900
        Contact hours: 9am-12.30pm Monday to Friday
      • 153 Maybe Street, Bombala NSW
      • Fax: (02) 6458 4076
      • Merimbula
        (02) 6495 5000
        Contact hours: 10am-3pm Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods.
      • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
      • Email:
        Fax: (02) 6495 5055
      • Narooma
        (02) 4476 0800
        Contact hours: 10.00am-2.00pm Monday to Friday
      • Corner Graham and Burrawang Streets, Narooma NSW
      • Fax: (02) 4476 0833

    Nearby towns

    Bombala (36 km)

    Bombala is a pretty southern Monaro district town on the shores of the Bombala River. It features rolling pastures and dense native forests.

    Merimbula (54 km)

    The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

    Eden (75 km)

    Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watch tour. It's built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.

    Road to Myrtle Mountain lookout, South East Forest National Park. Photo: John Yurasek