Pinnacles loop walking track

Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park

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Overview

Pinnacles loop walking track in Ben Boyd National Park is an easy walk with two lookout points from which you can view the Pinnacles erosion feature.

Where
Pambula-Haycock area in Ben Boyd National Park
Distance
1.1km loop
Time suggested
20 - 40min
Grade
Grade 3
Please note
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching or whale watching

Pinnacles loop walking track is a pleasant, easy walk that meanders through the woodland and heath of the NSW Far South Coast region. With beautiful coastal views south to Lennards Island and north to Haycock Point, it’s an easy stroll for all the family in Ben Boyd National Park, a short drive south of Pambula.

There are two lookouts along this gently undulating walking track that make ideal spots to view the fascinating Pinnacles formation – a spectacular erosion feature that consists of cliffs of soft white sands capped with a layer of red gravel clay. It was deposited during the Tertiary geological period – up to 65 million years ago.

Large areas of pine trees can also be seen between the eucalypts, and NPWS has been working to return the area back to its natural state.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Pinnacles loop walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    20 - 40min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    1.1km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    • Travel 10km south along Princes Highway from Pambula
    • Turn left onto Haycock Road and travel 1km
    • Turn right at Pinnacles Road

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Pinnacles loop walking track carpark.

    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

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).

    Prohibited

    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

    Pinnacles loop walking track 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