Ben Boyd National Park
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.
Read more about Pambula-Haycock area
The park’s Pambula-Haycock area stretches from Pambula Beach to the north head of Twofold Bay. The Pambula river mouth is surrounded on both sides by the national park. Its calm, clear waters make it ideal for kayaking and splashing about with the kids on a hot day.
This area is popular for its pleasant walking tracks that lead you to secluded beaches and headlands. Take a short walk from the carpark to the grassy Severs Beach to see an Aboriginal shell midden carbon dated to 3,500 years old. As you reach the shore, the glistening views of Pambula River will invite you for a swim.
If rocks are your thing, don’t miss The Pinnacles formation—a deep eroded gully of vivid red and white sands. The short loop walk from the carpark will get you there. Walk out to Haycock Point and visit Haystack Rock, an interesting rock formation at the north end of Long Beach.
Haycock Point has some spectacular spots to go whale watching in winter and spring. You’ll see keen fishers casting a line for salmon off Long Beach or Terrace Beach and there’s plenty of bird watching opportunities—look out for the park’s many waterbrids like the hooded plover or the endangered pied oystercatcher.
Pambula’s estuaries are famous for producing oysters. Live like a local and settle in for a picnic on the shores of Haycock Point picnic area with some freshly shucked oysters as you watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Highlights in this area
The free NSW National Parks app lets you download maps and explore parks, things to do and places to stay—all without mobile reception.
NSW national parks around Eden have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- in Ben Boyd National Park in the South Coast region
The Pambula-Haycock area of Ben Boyd National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 6495 5000
Contact hours: Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods, 10am to 3pm.
- 47 Merimbula Drive, cnr Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548
- Merimbula office