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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/pambula-haycock-area/local-alerts
- 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
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).
Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)
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.
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.
Pambula-Haycock area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Plants and animals you may see
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 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
What we're doing
Pambula-Haycock area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values: