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City Rock Lookout & Walk

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Published July 24th 2016
A mystical enchanting walk with awe-inspiring lookouts
Nestled in one of the most coastal picturesque National Parks in far south New South Wales on the Sapphire Coast, near the endearing marina town of Eden (which is approximately six hours drive from Sydney CBD or approximately 550km from Melbourne), lies the magical City Rock Lookout, which is one not to miss when visiting the remarkable Ben Boyd National Park!

How spectacular does this look?

We certainly chose the right day to visit this amazing and breathtaking beauty, with the overcast weather working in our favour as we got to witness one of the most beautiful scenery on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

A view from the car driving to City Rock Lookout & Walk...

It was an overcast day with grey clouds spreading out as far as the eye can see and a slight breeze causing the branches of the trees to creak and swirl with glimpses of wet moss grass inviting us into a world of the unknown. As we walked on, a pure mystical sense ran through the air and with every step we took we could hear the sounds of waves crushing not too far in the distance...

Such a hauntingly beautiful walk...

The short walk that leads to the City Rock Lookout was so mystical that I felt like I was walking through a beautifully haunted forest. You cannot help but feel like you in one of the forests from the legend story of Merlin!

The walk can be easy to medium depending on the weather as it can become quite slippery and wet during winter and dry but moist during the warmer seasons, making City Rock look like a different type of Lookout each time with the change of weather. (Do take care however when you are on the rocks as they are uneven and can become slippery pretty quickly- walking on the rocks is medium-hard grade, depending on fitness level).

As you get closer you cannot help but notice the spectacular compact sandstone sea cliff, which made you feel like you were a million miles away from civilization and the mighty sea with all its power crushing up against the sandstone with a vengeance made the scene even more awe-inspiring.

View of City Rock and the amazing natural rock formations...

At times you are able to get glimpses of cute marine life such as seals and dolphins and if you are very lucky, during migration, in the distance on a clear day whales can be spotted too!

Another breathtaking view from the Lookout...

At most times you will have City Rock and all its beauty to yourself, giving you some tranquility and time to really discover it and explore the rock formations. However, do take care when on cliffs as at times waves are so high it can cause big swells and sea sprays leading the rocks to become more dangerous.

The bright green moss grass and dead trees certainly do give off a mystical vibe...

City Rock is certainly one gem not to miss when visiting Ben Boyd National Park, from its mystical short walk to the welcoming spectacular sea cliffs...

What an amazing find, a natural doorway... I wonder where this leads?

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Why? Explore the natural wonders...
When: All year round
Where: Ben Boyd National Park (southern end), right-hand side on Green Cape Rd, near Eden (it is an unsealed road)
Cost: Free- ($8 per vehicle/ per day into National Park)
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