Photo Courtesy of National Parks (Nelsons Lagoon - Mimosa Rocks National Park)
The Sapphire Coast is home to some of New South Wales most spectacular and pristine National parks. Each park has unique individual characteristics with many having historical Aboriginal significance.
The Sapphire Coast National Parks are included in the area identified by Tourism Australia and National Parks Australia as The Wilderness Coast.
Gulaga, Mt Dromedary, incorporates the former Wallaga Lake National Park. Handed back to the Yuin people in 2006 the park has excellent walking trails, swimming spots and fishing. The park has great spiritual significance to the Yuin people, particularly the women, and it is requested that the park be treated respectfully.
Biamanga, like Gulaga is of significance to the Yuin people and was returned to the people in 2006. This park incorporates the Mumbulla Falls which has a picnic area.
Wadbilliga is a wild and remote National park that has been left undisturbed as a protective haven for marsupials and birds. There are some excellent walking trails, places to camp and while you’re there don’t forget to check out the Tuross Falls and the Tuross River Gorge.
The Mimosa Rocks National Park is a coastal national park that has rocky coves and headlands, long sandy beaches and coastal lagoons. It is an immensely beautiful area surrounded by forested hills and offers great camping sites. Surf, snorkel, dive, fish in the picturesque beaches, paddle the calm lagoons, bushwalk, cycle, horseride or 4WD along the designated trails or just relax on an isolated beach.
Bournda National Park is a well managed national park that offers multiple recreational opportunities. It has salt and freshwater lakes, a lagoon, creek and beaches. An area of conservation significance it is a great place to check out local wildlife. Boating, sailing, water skiing, swimming, canoeing and surfing can all be enjoyed at the park. Campsites are available and there are a number of picnic sites.
Go bushwalking or bird-spotting in South East Forest National Park with the most spectacular views from Myrtle Mountain Lookout. Go four wheel driving, or mountain biking and check out spectacular old-growth forests, heathlands, upland swamps, granite boulders and moist fern-filled gullies.
The Ben Boyd National Park is a paradise for bird lovers and is a haven for threatened species such as the ground parrot, eastern bristlebird, hooded plover, yellow-bellied glider and long-nosed potoroo. Soak up the pristine surroundings on a day trip to one of the many secluded bays, walk the Light to Light trail, or visit the Pinnacles or Disaster Bay for spectacular views. The park is popular for quiet camping spots, surfing, fishing and picnics at Severs and Barmouth Beaches.
Mt Imlay National Park offers great views over Eden’s coastline and forests. The summit is home to a rare form of Eucalypt. Mt Imlay, or Balawen as it is known to the local Aboriginal people, is a powerful spiritual place of great significance. Picnic places are available.
Nadgee National Park is of particular significance as it contains the only coastal wilderness in New South Wales. It has one of the largest undeveloped catchments on the eastern seaboard. Parts of the far south coast and the northern parts of Victoria have been recognised as part of the National Landscapes Scheme. The area is known as Australia’s Wilderness Coast. The Nadgee National Park is suitable for water activities, bushwalking and offers some peaceful camping sites.
The Davidson Whaling Station has been identified as an historic site. Located on the shores of the Kiah Inlet at Twofold Bay, the station was the longest-operating shore-based whaling station in Australia and the last of its type to close down. The station is easily accessible via road and will give you a unique insight into the lives and industry of the 19th century whalers.
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