Nature Walks | Mountain Bike | Fish | Camp | Beaches
Experience nature in unbridled coastal wilderness, retune your body clock and challenge yourself in unspoilt national parks.
Travel through unspoilt temperate forests on your way to isolated beaches and estuaries. Take a coastal walk along a rugged headland, explore Yuin and European history, and make a day of it with a picnic or a visit to one of the many scenic barbecue areas.Mimosa Rocks National Park hugs the coast for 20 kilometres between Bermagui and Tathra, and is loved for its lagoons, lakes and spotted gums setting it apart from the southern parks. Its winding roads lead to secluded spots such as Bithry Inlet, Moon Bay and Nelson Beach.
Aragunnu and Biamanga Cultural Area (Mumbulla Creek Falls) are sacred to the people of Yuin Country and both can be explored via accessible pathways that are lined with cultural stories and interpretative signage. Aragunnu is a coastal site with the largest midden in Mimosa Rocks National Park, while Biamanga is a gorge at Mumbula Mountain.
Bournda National Park is a coastal playground for walks and rides, birdwatching, and camping at Hobart Beach. Explore Bournda's beaches, Bournda Island is excellent for rocky shore rambles at low tide, watch the sea pour through the small gap at Terrigal Head, and find flat water swimming at Wallagoot Lake. Camping facilities at Hobart Beach are among the best on the Sapphire Coast, with hot showers and amenities to service 66 grassy sites.
Wadbilliga National Park encompasses Brogo Dam, and is a fresh water haven for kayakers and anglers. For extreme isolation, where all you have is all you can carry, the most southern park, Nadgee Nature Reserve is for you.
To the north of Eden, early morning missions reveal excellent surf and fishing, while short walks like the Haycock Point to Bar Mouth Beach, or Pambula River Walk, deliver you to the turquoise blue waters of Pambula River Mouth. South of Eden, the park's European history is dotted among beautiful natural sites. Search sheltered Bitangabee Bay for ruins, play chess & spot whales at Boyds Tower like the whalers used to do, or climb Green Cape Light Station for unparalleled views of the coast.
Rising above Ben Boyd National Park is Balawan, or Mount Imlay, an almost 900 metre high mountain just south of Eden. It's challenging summit walk is a great half day outing with excellent views as your reward.
Finally, the South East Forests National Park straddles the coastal escarpment and is home to all that a wilderness can offer: tall forests, vivid rock formations, old sea caves, tumbling streams punctuated by waterfalls and waterholes, escarpments, gorges and panoramic views - and all the solitude you could want.
The Sapphire Coast is home to one-third of Australia’s bird species, over 50 mammal species and 1000 varieties of plants. There is such diversity along our 225 kilometre coastline that UNESCO declared parts of it a World Biosphere Reserve.