Terrace Beach and Lennards Island

Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park

Overview

Remote and wild, Terrace Beach and Lennards Island is a 4WD getaway offering great fishing and spectacular scenic coastal views in Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden.

Where
Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching or whale watching
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own for drinking and cooking.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park

Only accessible by 4WD, remote Terrace Beach and Lennards Island is the perfect nature escape from the hustle of city life. Situated in beautiful Ben Boyd National Park, on the NSW Far South Coast near Eden, it’s a perfect spot for ‘off the beaten track’ adventurers. Windswept and wild, this beach offers superb birdwatching, fishing and diving. 

Soak up the sweeping coastal views across Long Beach down to Haycock Point. You might see pied oystercatchers looking for tasty morsels along the beaches, or languid sea eagles cruising on the coastal breezes. It’s a perfect vantage point for whale watching during their annual migration.

A perfect spot for a beach picnic, while away a leisurely afternoon fishing or walking along the golden sands. If you’re keen to explore the underwater world, bring your scuba diving gear.

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/swimming-spots/terrace-beach-and-lennards-island/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Terrace Beach and Lennards Island.

Getting there and parking

Terrace Beach and Lennards Island is in Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:

  • Head south from Pambula towards Eden along Princes Highway
  • At Eden Tip entrance road, turn left, then take a quick right up a dirt track.
  • Drive down the dirt track until you come to a NPWS sign and follow signage to Terrace Beach

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Terrace Beach but it can be a busy place on the weekend, when parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Camp at Bittangabee Beach campground and see lyrebirds performing their characteristic dance and tail display.

Spring

Visit Green Cape Lighthouse or Boyds Tower to spot whales migrating south to their Antarctic feeding grounds - you might even see females with young calves.

Summer

Plan a camping trip to Saltwater Creek - to enjoy the lagoons and beautiful surf beach.

Winter

Take the Light to Light walk when it's nice and cool and the banksias are in bloom.

Facilities

Picnic tables

There is 1 picnic table.

Carpark

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.

This unpatrolled beach can be treacherous at times.

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.

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).

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

Eden (6 km)

Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watch tour. It's built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.

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Merimbula (12 km)

The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

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Pambula (10 km)

Pambula is a historic river village in majestic rural surroundings. The town is at the mouth of the Pambula River among forests and lakes.

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Learn more

Terrace Beach and Lennards Island 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

Terrace Beach and Lennards Island, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Spencer