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Pipers lookout

South East Forest National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Pipers lookout.

Getting there and parking

Pipers lookout is in the northern part of South East Forest National Park, about 15km from Bemboka and not far from Nimmitabel. To get there drive along the Snowy Mountains Highway west from Bega or south-east from Cooma.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available along a broad shoulder of the Snowy Mountains Highway on a bitumen surface, next to Pipers lookout.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in South East Forest 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.



There's an accessible non-flush toilet at the lookout, that's set at the end of a concrete path.

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Step-free access

The main lookout is a wide, paved area that's flat and step-free.

From the main lookout there's also a short 500m loop walk through tall forest, but this walk has a few steps and some uneven surfaces. People with reduced mobility may need assistance along this track. 

  • Step-free outdoor pathways

Seats and resting points

There's a bench seat at the lookout platform.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).


Disability access level - easy

Pipers lookout is flat and step-free, with an easy access platform that has views over the Bega Valley.

At the lookout, you'll find:

  • A wide, paved main lookout platform
  • Accessible toilets
  • A bench seat and picnic tables where you can rest

From the lookout, there's a short 500m loop walk through tall forest with glimpses down into the Bega Valley. The walk has a few steps and some uneven surfaces – people with reduced mobility may need assistance. 



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Pipers lookout

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