Pambula-Haycock area

Ben Boyd National Park

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Overview

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.

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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.

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/pambula-haycock-area/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about the Pambula-Haycock area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get 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

    Parking

    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.

    Autumn

    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.

    Spring

    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.

    Summer

    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.

    Facilities

    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)

    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.

    Boating safety

    If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

    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.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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).

    Paddling safety

    To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

    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.

    Permitted

    Cycling

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Camping

    There are no designated campgrounds in the northern section of the park so camping is not permitted in the Pambula-Haycock area.

    Gathering firewood

    Generators

    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

    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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    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.

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    Learn more

    Pambula-Haycock area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

      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 seals, Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

      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: