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Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Ben Boyd National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 23 March 2020, 12.25pm

Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 7.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 12.25pm.

Closed areas: Hazardous conditions - aerial pest control operation

The southern section of Ben Boyd National Park (Green Cape area) is closed due to bushfire damage and hazardous conditions. Large fires have impacted the southern section of the park including all visitor attractions, access roads, walking trails, lookout points, picnic areas and campgrounds. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as a result of the fire event.

The following Southern Ben Boyd areas are open:

  • Green Cape precinct and accommodation
  • Disaster Bay lookout
  • Bittangabee Bay and campground
  • Saltwater campground

All other visitor attractions and walking trails will remain closed for a number of months. 

The Northern Pambula - Haycock section of Ben Boyd National Park, located between Merimbula and Eden, is open.

Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.20pm to Mon 22 Jun 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 3.14pm

Closed areas: Myer House closed

Myer House is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking, email or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or 02 9995 6500. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. 

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.35pm to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 1.38pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed

This campground is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.39pm to Sun 5 Apr 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 4.13pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to hazardous conditions and bush fire damage

 Park closed due to hazardous conditions and bush fire damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 7.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 12.25pm

Closed areas: Hazardous conditions - aerial pest control operation

The southern section of Ben Boyd National Park (Green Cape area) is closed due to bushfire damage and hazardous conditions. Large fires have impacted the southern section of the park including all visitor attractions, access roads, walking trails, lookout points, picnic areas and campgrounds. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as a result of the fire event.

The following Southern Ben Boyd areas are open:

  • Green Cape precinct and accommodation
  • Disaster Bay lookout
  • Bittangabee Bay and campground
  • Saltwater campground

All other visitor attractions and walking trails will remain closed for a number of months. 

The Northern Pambula - Haycock section of Ben Boyd National Park, located between Merimbula and Eden, is open.

Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Wed 4 Mar 2020, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Mar 2020, 11.28am

Closed areas: Light to Light walk and southern Ben Boyd National Park closed

Light to Light walk is closed due to hazardous conditions and bush fire damage. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

The southern part of Ben Boyd National Park is also closed for aerial pest control operations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.45pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 6.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 11.38am

Closed parks: Park closed - hazardous conditions and aerial pest control operation

This park is closed due to active bushfires in the area. Large fires have impacted and continue to be a risk to this park including Rockton, Border, Big Jack Mountain, Postmans trail and Bondi Fires. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as a result of the fire event.

Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Mar 2020, 2.50pm

Safety alerts: No campfires or solid fuel fires at Middle Beach campground

For visitor safety, campfires and solid fuel fires (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) are not permitted at Middle Beach campground or picnic area.

The use of gas-fired, liquid fuel and electrical appliances will be permitted where the appliance:

  • is under the direct control of an adult
  • placed or located in an area where there is no combustible material within 2m
  • there is an adequate water supply to extinguish fire should it start next to the appliances
  • and it is not a Total Fire Ban

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-1-history-past-in-the-present-ben-boyd-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Ben Boyd National Park 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 in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden). The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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The beach near the Whaling Station. Photo: John Yurasek