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Haycock Point picnic area

Ben Boyd National Park


Haycock Point picnic area is a great place for lunch with family and friends in northern Ben Boyd National Park. Enjoy coastal views, winter whale watching, and easy access to scenic walks.

Picnic areas
Ben Boyd National Park
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply in the southern section of the park only.

What to
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, cooking water
Please note
Remember to bring your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or spot whales.

Located a short drive from Pambula or Eden, on the NSW Sapphire Coast, Haycock Point picnic area is a favourite with families, tourists and locals. Relax at a shaded picnic table while the kids play on the grass, and enjoy the wonderful ocean views as you eat.

When you've finished lunch, there’s lots on offer, from fishing and swimming, to birdwatching or bushwalking. For a short walk, the 10min Haycock Point walking track takes you to the spectacular point. If you’re feeling energetic, the 3km Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach walking track starts from the picnic area, and is great for all ages.

Beautiful, but unpatrolled, Long Beach stretches south from Haycock Point and is a popular spot to surf and fish. You can also drive to the nearby Pinnacles formation, or visit Severs Beach to see Aboriginal middens.

The weather and water are warmest from summer through to Easter, but this is a beautiful spot at any time of year. Visit on a clear, sunny winter day to catch a glimpse of a whale breaching out deep, while sea birds soar over the coastline. You might see echidnas, goannas, or kangaroos and wallabies grazing as you cook your barbecue.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Get Wild About Whales in Eden

NSW national parks around Eden have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

Things to do:

Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach walking track

The walk from Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach in Ben Boyd National Park takes in whale watching, scenic coastal views, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities.

Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach walking track, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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 applies in the southern section of the park (south of Eden). There is no park entry fee for the northern section of the park (north of Eden). The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Merimbula office
      02 6495 5000
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods, 10am to 3pm.
    • 47 Merimbula Drive, cnr Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548
    • Email:
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A person walking on the beach from Haycock Point picnic area to Haycock Point, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH