Haycock Point picnic area

Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park

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Overview

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

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park
Accessibility
Medium
What to
bring
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

Also see

  • View down Long Beach showing rock formations, dunes, cliffs and coastal bushland. Photo: John Yurasek © DPIE

    Quondola Point

    Quondola Point is a rocky outcrop overlooking Long Beach, between Pambula and Eden. It’s a great spot to fish for salmon, tailor and bream. Combine it with a visit to the nearby Haycock Point picnic area.

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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/things-to-do/picnic-areas/haycock-point-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Haycock Point picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Haycock Point is in the northern area of Ben Boyd National Park, between Pambula and Eden. To get there:

From Pambula:

  • Drive south on Princes Highway for around 9km.
  • Turn left at Haycock Road to enter Ben Boyd National Park.
  • Follow the road 6km to its end, where you’ll reach Haycock Point picnic area.

From Eden:

  • Drive north along Princes Highway for 6km.
  • Turn right at Haycock Road to enter Ben Boyd National Park.
  • Follow the road 6km to its end, where you’ll reach Haycock Point picnic area.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at the picnic area.

Facilities

There’s no drinking water at this picnic area, so you’ll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

In an emergency please call 000 or the NPWS Incident Answering Service on 1800 232 170.

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.

Fire safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area.
  • There’s a wheelchair-accessible toilet at the picnic area.

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Wood fires are permitted only in the designated wood barbecues. Please bring your own firewood. You can bring your own solid fuel and liquid stoves or use the gas barbecue facilities provided.

Fishing

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

Prohibited

Chainsaws aren't permitted in Ben Boyd National Park.

Camping

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

Horse riding is only permitted on the public access road system, and not elsewhere in the park.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Haycock Point picnic area is in Pambula-Haycock area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal culture

Pambula River Mouth. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

The Yuin People are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Ben Boyd National Park and they have a long and complex relationship with the coastal environment. Some of the best preserved mounded middens on the east coast of Australia are found in the park along the Pambula River. These middens contain the shells of oysters, mussels and sometimes the bones of sea and land mammals—collected by Aboriginal people from the rock platforms, reefs and estuaries along the park’s coastline.

  • Severs Beach Severs Beach, in Ben Boyd National Park in the whale watching town of Eden on NSW’s Sapphire Coast, offers Aboriginal heritage, fishing, beach walks and more.

Rocks tell a story

Rock platform at Barmouth Beach. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

The park’s stunning rock formations, inlets and headlands are the result of extensive geological folding. Most of Ben Boyd National Park lies on red, brown and green shales, sandstones, siltstones and quartzites. These were formed in the Devonian period around 360 million years ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth. You can see these rock types exposed along the cliffs and headlands. The Devonian period is known as The Age of Fishes and internationally-significant fish fossils have been found in several places along the park’s coastline.

Refuge for threatened species

Pied oystercatcher. Photo: Michael Jarman/DPIE

Several threatened species take refuge in the Pambula-Haycock area. North of Pambula River there's an important population of yellow-bellied gliders—listen carefully for their trademark crackles and shrieks. Around 50 native mammals and nearly 150 species of birds have been recorded in Ben Boyd National Park. This includes 1 critically endangered bird, 4 endangered animal species and 25 vulnerable species.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • 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.

  • Australian fur seals, Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus)

    The largest fur seal, Australian fur seals are found in isolated rocky outcrops and islands along the NSW coast. They come ashore to form breeding colonies and can often be seen at Montague Island Nature Reserve.

Environments in this area