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Ben Boyd National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Ben Boyd National Park.

Getting there and parking

There are 2 areas in Ben Boyd National Park, separated by Twofold Bay. Both areas are located south of Merimbula and can be accessed from the Princes Highway.

To get to the Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden):

  • Drive south along the Princes Highway from Pambula for around 9km and turn left onto Haycock Road.
  • Drive along Haycock Road to access most attractions in this area like The Pinnacles, Severs Beach, Barmouth Beach and Haycock Point.
  • To access Pambula River walking track, turn left on Pambula Beach Road and drive 4km to Pambula river mouth.

To get to the Green Cape area (south of Eden):

  • Travel on the Princes Highway past the town of Eden for around 16km.
  • Turn left onto Edrom Road.
  • Travel 4km along Edrom Road and then turn right onto Green Cape Road. Travel along Green Cape Road through Forestry for approximately 8km until you hit the park entrance.
  • Or to get to the start of the Light to Light walk at Boyds Tower, travel along Edrom Road for 10km and turn right on Boyds Tower Road.

You can also fly into Merimbula airport from Sydney and Melbourne.

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Road quality and access

Roads are 2-wheel drive standard gravel roads in all of the main visitor areas. Some areas such as Mowarry and North Head are 4-wheel drive only.

Roads are all weather but when there’s been extreme rainfall, they may become slippery and dangerous and may be closed because of safety concerns.

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport website.

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

Maps and downloads

Fees and passes

Park entry fees:

$8 per vehicle per day in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden). The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

  • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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  • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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  • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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  • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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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.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

If you’re camping you need to bring your own firewood.

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.

Map of Ben Boyd National Park

Contact

  • 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 in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden). The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass
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Nearby towns

Eden (31 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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Pambula (50 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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Merimbula (57 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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