Ben Boyd National Park

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Ben Boyd National Park spans 47km of rocky coastline and sheltered inlets. Located near the whale watching town of Eden on the far South Coast of NSW, its crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and swimming.

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Ben Boyd National Park is separated into 2 areas, split by Twofold Bay. Take your pick from the sparkling lakes and surf beaches in the park’s Pambula-Haycock area to the rocky cliffs and beachside campgrounds in the Green Cape area.

Its spectacular sea-carved landscape is a striking display of folded red rock platforms that contrast against the sapphire blue water of the ocean.

Stretch your legs on one of the park’s shorter tracks, like the Pambula River or Pinnacles loop walking tracks. If you’re after something more exhilarating, the multi-day Light to Light walk takes you on an unforgettable coastal hike—tracing the coast from the historic Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lightstation. For day trippers, there are plenty of spots to go beach and rock fishing or settle down for a barbecue or picnic by the water.

More than 50 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in Ben Boyd National Park, including middens, rock shelters, campsites and long-distance travel routes. These cultural sites continue to provide the local Aboriginal community with traditional and spiritual links to this part of their Country.

The park’s lofty lookouts and headlands are hard to beat for whale watching. September to early December is the best time to spot southern right and humpback whales frolicking close to shore on their migration south to Antarctica.

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/visit-a-park/parks/ben-boyd-national-park/local-alerts

There are 2 areas in this park:

People kayaking and fishing at Severs Beach. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

Pambula-Haycock area

Pambula-Haycock area is the northern section of Ben Boyd National Park, located between Merimbula and Eden. Explore its sparkling river, fascinating Aboriginal shell middens and secluded beaches.

Hikers on the Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

Green Cape area

Green Cape area is the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park, located south of Eden. It's your gateway to the Light to Light walk, camping, lighthouse accommodation and superb whale watching.

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.

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    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.

    Park entry points

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

    Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    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 + 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.

    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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