5 Bush Getaways in the South East

On the far south coast of New South Wales near the bay side village of Eden lies Ben Boyd National Park. This large coastal park skirts the rugged coastline on either side of picturesque Twofold Bay. The northern section takes in spectacular coastal vistas, two picnic areas and the impressive ‘pinnacles’, a unique land form where white cliffs are capped by red clay. A stunning sight in the fading afternoon light. ben boyd np pinnaclesThe southern section of the park comprises several historical features including Boyds Tower, a 19 metre high sandstone tower built by Ben Boyd during the 1840s. The tower was originally built as a lighthouse but never passed government regulations. The tower instead was used as a lookout for whale spotting during whaling operations. ben boyd np boyds towerThe southern section also includes the historic Green Cape Lighthouse. This historic landmark was built during the 1880s and is regarded as one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the country. Tours are available of the lighthouse and accommodation is available in the historic keeper’s cottages. Contact NPWS for details and bookings. ben boyd np green cape lhThe Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site is also located near this section of the park. Take a stroll around the site and view the historic cottage and whaling relics that are on display. ben boyd np davidson whaling stn hsSeveral walks in the park take in the magnificent coastal scenery with the long distance (30.7km) Boyds Tower to Green Cape (light to light) walk being popular. This walk can also be split into smaller sections for pleasant shorter walks for all the family. Two well appointed camping areas are located in the park. Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay are both great spots to pitch the tent for a night or two with facilities at both including tables, wood and gas bbqs and toilet. The park is easily accessible off the Princes Highway north and south of Eden.
To the north west of Ben Boyd National Park in rugged mountainous country between the coast and Monaro Tablelands lies the relatively unspoilt Wadbilliga National Park. Around 44 percent includes the Brogo Wilderness Area. For those after a wilderness experience Wadbilliga is the perfect spot. The park can be accessed from the west via Bourkes Road from Cobargo or the 4wd only Wadbilliga Trail off Tuross Road.wadbilliga np wadbilliga crossing The Tuross Falls section is located in the north west of the park and can be accessed via Badja Forest Road off Braidwood Road east of Cooma. The impressive Tuross Falls, where the Tuross River plunges 35 metres off the escarpment into a deep ravine is a highlight. A delightful walking track of about 2 hours return departs from the camping area. wadbilliga np tuross fallsThe easy grade 4wd trek along the Wadbilliga Trail through the heart of the park is the best way to fully appreciate the beauty and wilderness that makes up Wadbilliga. wadbilliga np wadbilliga trailThere are two basic camping areas, both 2wd accessible within the park. Lake Creek in the heart of the park is surrounded by pristine wilderness and is accessible by conventional vehicles from the east in dry weather, otherwise a 4wd is required. Lake Creek is located along Bourkes Road. wadbilliga np lake creek campIn the north west of the park high up on the Monaro Tablelands Tuross Falls camping area can be found. This is a pleasant spot beside the Tuross River and can be accessed off Badja Forest Road. Facilities at both include tables, wood bbqs and toilet.
Adjoining Wadbilliga’s southern boundary and stretching all the way to the Victorian border is the large South East Forest National Park. Split into many sections with numerous access points this national park covers some 115,000 hectares from the Monaro Tablelands to the coast. In the north of the park and accessible via the Snowy Mountains Highway points of interest include Pipers Lookout along the highway with views from the escarpment extending into the wilderness, sefnp1Nunnock camping area high up on the tablelands with Nunnock Swamp, a high altitude wetlandssouth east forest np nunnock swamp and Alexanders Hut, an alpine style bushmans hut set high above the creek with camping permitted in the vicinity of the hut. south east forest np alexanders hutBoth camping areas have wood bbqs and toilet with Nunnock also having tables and shelter. Alexanders Hut can also be used for emergency shelter. Both are accessible via Cattlemans Link Trail off Packers Swamp Road (4wd recommended) from the west or Postmans Track (4wd only) from the east. south east forest np postmans campPostmans camping area is also located along Postmans Track which runs off Tantawangalow Mountain Road and has tables, shelter, wood bbqs and toilet provided. Postmans is 4wd access only in dry weather. Just north of Postmans Track is Six Mile Creek camping area, south east forest np six mile creek campan easily accessible site beside Tantawangalow Mountain Road with a short stroll to a series of cascades an ideal way to end the day. south east forest np six mile creek cascadesFurther south Myanba Gorge is well worth a look. Take a pleasant stroll along the boardwalk following several small cascades before ending at the gorge lookout. Views of the Towamba River Valley are breathtaking. south east forest np myanba gorgeAlthough only a picnic area is provided at the gorge camping is available at nearby Waratah Gully with wood bbqs and toilet provided. Both these sites are accessible via Coolangubra Forest Way from the small village of Cathcart. Another couple of great spots to visit are in the east of the park. The drive up to and the views from the 776 metre high Wolumla Peak are outstanding. Views extend over the Bega Valley and across to the coast. A picnic area just before the lookout is a great spot for a cuppa. Alternatively south of Wolumla Peak deep within the rainforest on the mountainside is the Goodenia Rainforest picnic area. This is the perfect spot for a quiet lunch break with tables, gas bbqs and toilet provided. The delightful rainforest walk departs from the picnic area and is well worth the effort. Allow about an hour for the stroll. south east forest np goodenia rainforest walkWolumla Peak is accessible via Wolumla Peak Forest Road while the Goodenia Rainforest is accessible via Chalk Hills Road. Both are off the main Darragh Road.
Moving south and over the border into Victoria is the rainforest clad Errinundra National Park. High up on the Errinundra Plateau and dominated by cool temperate rainforest a scenic drive is the best way to explore this picturesque park. Follow part of the historic Baldwin Spencer Trail that traces the 1889 route of explorer Walter Baldwin Spencer on his exploration of the area from Orbost in the south to Bendoc in the north through what is now Errinundra National Park. Stop off at Errinundra Saddle and take the self-guided stroll through lush rainforest, errinundra npenjoy the views from Ocean View Lookout just south of the saddle with views all the way to the coast on a clear day. errinundra np ocean view loBasic camping is provided at Frosty Hollow in the east of the park. Facilities include wood bbq and toilet with access via Backcreek Road from Bendoc. Access to the main section of Errinundra National Park from the south is via Errinundra Road through Club Terrace east of Orbost and from the west via Errinundra Road off the Bonang Highway. Both these routes can be closed during and after wet weather so check with Parks Victoria prior to your visit for current road conditions.
South east of Errinundra and covering over 100 kilometres of pristine coastline in Victoria’s north east corner is Croajingolong National Park. There are quiet waterways to paddle the canoe, throw a line in or cool off in on a warm day. croajingolong np thurra riverNumerous walking tracks traverse the park with the long distance Wilderness Coast Walk taking in spectacular coastal scenery from Sydenham Inlet in the far west of the park through to New South Wales being popular amongst hikers. Shorter walks include the climb up to Genoa Peak in the north of the park, well worth the effort for outstanding views across to the coast, the stroll to the historic Point Hicks Lightstation in the far south of the parkcroajingolong np point hicks lh and numerous short walks near Mallacoota leading to quiet bays and estuaries. It is also possible to traverse several sections of the park via 4wd tracks, all of which are highly recommended. Camping is well catered for with campgrounds located in the west on the Cann River near Tamboon Inlet, near the Point Hicks Lightstation at the large Thurra River camping area and the tranquil Mueller Inlet beside the Mueller River. Thurra River and Tamboon Inlet or Peach Tree Creek camping area have wood bbqs and toilet provided while Mueller Inlet only has toilet with no wood fires permitted at this site.croajingolong np mueller inlet camp All sites are accessible via Tamboon Road from Cann River village. The historic Point Hicks Lightstation is also accessible via this route where accommodation is available in the historic keeper’s cottages. Contact the lighstation for details and bookings. The isolated Wingen Inlet camping area is located in the middle of the park and is accessed via West Wingan Road off the Princes Highway while Shipwreck Creek camping area located near Mallacoota is accessible via Centre Track south of Mallacoota village. Both sites have tables, wood bbqs and toilet provided.
The south east region includes some awe inspiring scenery and numerous delightful spots to throw down the swag for a night or two with a myriad of activities available from bushwalking and car touring to 4wding, camping and canoeing. These five outstanding national parks cover a large section of the south east from the rugged escarpment country to the wild coastline and it is an area of stunning beauty and diversity that is well worth the time taken to explore.

 

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  1. Miriam says:

    We’ve spent some time in the Ben Boyd National Park a couple of years ago. It’s a beautiful area with loads of history. Great photos here.

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