Myer House

Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Overview

Historic Myer House offers boutique self-contained accommodation set on Bithry Inlet near Lake Wapengo in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type House
Where 97 Middle Beach Road, Tanja, NSW, 2550 - in Mimosa Rocks National Park
Bedrooms 4
Maximum guests 12
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, public phone, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum stays may apply.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 4pm. Check out before 10am.
  • Bedding configuration: 2 bedrooms with 1 x king size beds and 1 king single trundle. 1 bedroom with 1 x queen size bed. 1 bedroom with 2 x single beds. 2 x single sleep-out day beds in the enclosed verandah and 1 x double sofa bed in the kitchen / lounge area.
  • The house is in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies before you arrive. Please bring your own toilet paper and tissues.
  • The nearest towns are Tathra to the south (12km) and Bermagui to the north (30km).
  • The land surrounding the house is part of Mimosa Rocks National Park and open to the public. Signage and information will request park users to respect the privacy and quiet enjoyment of house guests.
  • Gatherings of more than 20 people by prior approval only contact the Narooma NPWS office on (02) 4476 0800. Myer House is not available for functions.
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Myer House is set in a lovely secluded coastal location within Mimosa Rocks National Park. Offering self-contained accommodation for up to 12 people, this beautifully-restored house overlooks Bithry Inlet, the mouth of Wapengo Lake, a pristine South Coast estuary.

Kenneth Myer of the Myer Foundation built this house from a design by renowned architect Sir Roy Grounds, and they generously donated it to NPWS in 1976.

A harmonious combination of old and new, the authentically-restored historical building offers all the modern conveniences you would need, including entertainment and kitchen facilities.

Tumble out of bed and right onto the beach to enjoy breakfast, or take a walk through the nearby eucalypt plantation. You could even enjoy a spot of tennis at Myer House tennis court. And, for an evening to remember, feast upon fresh Wapengo oysters while taking in the beach sunset over a glass of champagne.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Myer House.

Getting there and parking

Myer House is in the middle of Mimosa Rocks National Park.

  • Turn east off Bermagui-Tathra Road at Haighs Road then continue past the NPWS Tanja Depot, and head straight onto the dirt road (the road becomes Middle Beach Road) for 1.9km.
  • Turn left off Middle Beach Road at the Myer House access gate
  • Guests must contact the Caretaker a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival to arrange for gate codes and access to the property
  • Address: Myer House, Bithry Inlet,  Penders Road, Tanja NSW 2546.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Off-street parking is available for five vehicles next to Myer House.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

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

Summer

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

Winter

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

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

44.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-8.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February and March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

454.2mm

Facilities

  • Bed linen is provided. The beds have bottom sheets, pillows with slips, and doonas with covers. 
  • Please bring your own towels
  • The house is fully furnished with breakfast area, family room, central lounge/dining room and kitchen with gas cooker, 2 x fridge, dishwasher/cleaning products and ample pots and cutlery (no microwave).
  • 1 x bathroom with hot shower including disabled facilities and flushing WC
  • 1 x bathroom with hot shower/bath, flushing WC and bidet
  • There is an outdoor shower
  • 2 x gas fireplaces in living room
  • Gas BBQ with all tools, picnic table and benches.
  • TV, DVD, tennis court with basic equipment, table tennis, small library, small collection of board games and playing cards.
  • Washing machine and ironing gear
  • There is a boat ramp and small jetty at Mogareeka on the Bega River just north of Tathra
  • Myer House is not connected to mains power or water. Rainwater is collected in tanks and a filtered drinking water tap is available in the kitchen.
  • Please ensure you leave the property in a clean and tidy manner with all dishes washed up and put away. Fees may apply.

Toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Public phone

There is a land line phone at the property which can be used free of charge for local and emergency calls only. Mobile phone coverage can be poor and should not be relied upon.

Showers

Electric power

  • The power supply to the property is a fully integrated solar system with 240V inverter and diesel back-up generator. Please be conservative with your power use and leave hair dryers and similar items at home. Fees apply for power outage call outs.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Strong currents can occur across the sand flats and in channels of the Bithry Inlet at any time, and are often more prominent during the change in tide.  There are many patrolled beaches nearby, please see Surf Life Saving Australia

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
  • One bathroom has been refurbished to disabled access standards
  • The design and construction of the Myer House pre-dated building accessibility standards, but would still be suitable for many visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility. Please contact NPWS Narooma office on (02) 4476 0800 to determine whether this accommodation meets your requirements.

Prohibited

Amplified music is not permitted.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Generators

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Bega (18 km)

With its forests, lush pastures and a coastline sculpted into a succession of wonders by the sea, the Sapphire Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town that's the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original, tells the story of cheese-making production in the area.

www.visitnsw.com

Bermagui (31 km)

Bermagui is a colourful port, famous for its deep-sea fishing. It's on the estuary of the Bermagui River, close to national parks.

www.visitnsw.com

Tathra (12 km)

Tathra is a small coastal township clustered around a historic sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast of Australia.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Myer House is in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient connections

Mongarlowe River, Dasyurus picnic area, Monga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

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.

  • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.

Bygone eras

Moon Bay, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

White settlers arrived in the Bega Valley in the 1830s, attracted by its grazing and farming potential, with Bega township being established in 1851. In its earliest years the town traders used Moon Bay as a regional port shipping Timber and sheep products from its sheltered waters. You can still see a log-slide and mooring ring from bygone days, or take a 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. 

  • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.
  • Moon Bay A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.

Plant spectacular

Mimosa Rocks walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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.

  • Mimosa Rocks walking track Great for walking with children, the easy Mimosa Rocks walk takes you along a short boardwalk to a lookout. You may spot the Mimosa shipwreck on the rocks below.
  • Moon Bay A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.

Wildlife haven

Middle Lagoon walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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. 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.

  • Wajurda Point lookout Wajurda Point lookout, in Mimosa Rocks National Park offers coastal and ocean views with seasonal whale watching opportunities.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Sugar glider. Photo: Jeff Betteridge

    Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

    The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.

Plants

  • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

    Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

    The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

  • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

    The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

  •  Grey mangrove, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)

    Grey mangrove is the most common and widespread mangrove found within intertidal zones across Australia, and throughout the world. Growing to a height of 3-10m, they thrive best in estuaries with a mix of fresh and salt water. They excrete excess salt through their long thick leaves, and absorb oxygen through their aerial root system.

Environments in this park

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Myer House, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: T Burke