Ben Boyd National Park
All the practical information you need to know about the Pambula-Haycock area.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
To get to attractions in the Pambula-Haycock area of Ben Boyd National Park:
- From Pambula, drive south along the Princes Highway 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.
You can fly into Merimbula Airport from Sydney and Melbourne.
Park entry points
- Barmouth Beach carpark See on map
Best times to visit
The Pambula-Haycock area has plenty of things to do and see, whatever the season. Here are some of the highlights.
The blue skies and crisp weather are perfect for walking tracks around the Pambula River mouth and Haycock Point. Start with a picnic at Haycock Point picnic area and set off on a walk towards Barmouth Beach. Aside from the roos, echidnas and waterbirds, you might have the place to yourself.
If you’ve come to see the whales frolicking and feeding, why not combine your national park visit with a whale watching tour. There’s wonderful beaches and places to see whales out at Haycock Point. Bird watchers will be in their element spotting crimson rosellas, new holland honeyeaters, eastern yellow robins and brown thornbills.
Now’s the time to get out on the water. Swim, kayak or snorkel in the sparkling waters of Pambula Lake. Barmouth Beach has bright red rock platforms worth exploring and lovely views out to Pambula Beach.
Maps and downloads
Fees and passes
The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. Park entry fees apply in the Green Cape area (south of Eden).
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
There are no designated campgrounds in the northern section of the park so camping is not permitted in the Pambula-Haycock area.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- 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
Pambula (6 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.
Merimbula (10 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.
Eden (15 km)
Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watch tour. It's built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.