Mystery Bay lookout

Eurobodalla National Park

Overview

Mystery Bay lookout in Eurobodalla National Park is a great place for scenic views, picnicking, walking, birdwatching and seasonal whale watching on the south coast.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Eurobodalla National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Mystery Bay lookout is in the most southern part of Eurobodalla National Park not far from the picturesque hamlet of Mystery Bay. The lookout offers fabulous scenic views out to the Pacific Ocean where you are likely to see whales during their spring migration, so bring your binoculars along.

The coastal Yuin People traditionally camped, fished and collected resources in this area, a tradition that continues into present. A number of middens and artefact scatters remain in Mystery Bay so keep a close eye out for these.

Next to the lookout is a picnic area, so pack a lunch and spend some time soaking up the scenic surroundings as coastal wattle and pale yellow banksia decorate this charming picnic spot.

There are plenty of walking opportunities from Mystery Bay lookout as well as swimming, fishing and surfing at nearby beaches. For the adventurous, the coastline around Mystery Bay has deep channels that are great for snorkelling.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/mystery-bay-lookout/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mystery Bay lookout.

Getting there and parking

Mystery Bay lookout is in the southern precinct of Eurobodalla National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off the Princes Highway onto Mystery Bay Road (which is approximately 8km south of Narooma).
  • Drive to the end of Mystery Bay Road.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Mystery Bay lookout.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Head out for a spot of fishing – either from the beach or lakeside, on a boat or from a kayak.

Spring

A lovely time of year to walk all or a short part the Bingi Dreaming track – coastal banksias and a range of other wildflowers will be on display.

Summer

The perfect time of year for a family camping holiday by the beach – try Congo campground near Moruya or Beachcomber Holiday Park near Bodalla.

Winter

Head to Mystery Bay for a picnic and spot of whale watching. be sure to take your binoculars for a close up view.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 23°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 17°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

July

Facilities

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Boat ramp

Carpark

Drinking water

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.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

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

Bermagui (71 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.

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Central Tilba (45 km)

Central Tilba is a picture-perfect country village in a charming setting on the South Coast of NSW. Located on a hilltop, the town is surrounded by pastures and hills and is classified as an Urban Conservation Area by the National Trust.

www.visitnsw.com

Narooma (45 km)

Narooma is Coastal town with superb beaches and abundant wildlife. Its set on the the foreshores wrapped around the Wagonga River estuary.

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Learn more

Mystery Bay lookout is in Eurobodalla National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Bingi Dreaming track, Eurobodalla National Park. Photo: Christina Bullivant

Eurobodalla National Park is the traditional Country of the Yuin People. The park's landscape provided a rich source of food, shelter, medicines and weapons and continues to be an important place for Aboriginal people today. Walk the Bingi Dreaming track to follow the footsteps of the Brinja-Yuin People. Dreaming tracks traditionally linked the places visited by local Aboriginal people, then extended to connect other places utilised by neighbouring clans so that all Aboriginal people in Australia were connected by these unique highways.

  • Bingi Dreaming track Head out for a day walk on the Bingi Dreaming track, a coastal walk that traces the ancient Song Lines of the Yuin Aboriginal people. Enjoy stunning views as you walk.

Birds galore

Shore birds at Bingi Point, Eurobadalla National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Eurobodalla National Park provides an important habitat for a wide variety of birds, with 131 bird species having been recorded in the park. Estuaries and headlands within the park are important over-wintering areas for migratory birds, including 17 species of waders. In the summer, you may be lucky enough to see little terns nesting on the ground on sand islands, sandspits and dunes. If you do, please take care not to disturb this precious bird. You may also catch a glimpse of a sooty owl roosting in eucalypt forests in deep moist gullies, or the hooded plover which was only recently recorded in the park with potential threats similar to those of the little tern.

  • Bingi Dreaming track Head out for a day walk on the Bingi Dreaming track, a coastal walk that traces the ancient Song Lines of the Yuin Aboriginal people. Enjoy stunning views as you walk.

Historic heritage

Mullimburra Point, Eurobodalla National Park. Photo: Christina Bullivant

The period from the 1840's to the 1900's saw a rapid development of the area as a result of several often short-lived gold rushes, the growth of more intensive pastoral and agricultural land uses, and the expansion of timber getting activities. Many small towns grew up throughout the area, often acting as transport hubs and points of supply for surrounding districts. South Head at Moruya has many reminders of the important role shipping played, including several breakwaters and training walls that guided shipping through the river mouth, as well as the pilot's cottage and several smaller buildings situated on the headland.

Water abounds

1080 Beach, Eurobodalla National Park. Photo: Christina Bullivant

Eurobodalla National Park contains a range of aquatic environments, including lagoons, lakes, estuaries, sheltered and wild beaches that protect a wide variety of plants and animals. For visitors, these aquatic environments offer a huge range of water-based activities, like waterskiing and boating at Corunna Lake, fishing and swimming around Mullimburra Point, surfing at 1080 Beach and paddling on Brou Lake and around Lake Tuross. It's the perfect place to visit during the summer holidays.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

  • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

  • Humpback whale breaching. Photo: Dan Burns

    Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    The humpback whale has the longest migratory path of any mammal, travelling over 5000km from its summer feeding grounds in Antarctica to its breeding grounds in the subtropics. Its playful antics, such as body-rolling, breaching and pectoral slapping, are a spectacular sight for whale watchers in NSW national parks.

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

    The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Beach views at Mystery Bay lookout in Eurobodalla National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH