The far south coast region of New South Wales is a nature lover's paradise boasting a total of fifteen National Parks, as well as a further twenty nature reserves and state conservation areas. This continuous chain of green spaces, stretching over 200 kilometres, plays an important role in protecting threatened plant and animal species, remnant old-growth forest, sites of cultural significance, water catchment areas and wildlife breeding grounds. In addition to this important work, they also offer great opportunities for nature lovers to explore the region and enjoy its natural beauty.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Mimosa Rocks National Park
Mimosa Rocks National Park is one such place. Located on the Sapphire Coast, between the coastal towns of Bermagui and Tathra, this park is not particularly well-known but it should definitely be on your must-see list. As you drive along the coastal road you would never guess what lies hidden amongst the heavily timbered forest of eucalypts. But I'll give you a clue...think spectacular coastal views, secluded beaches, easy nature walks and sparkling coastal lagoons.
Mimosa Rocks National Park covers an area of 5802 hectares, including around 20 kilometres of coastline, making it the perfect choice for those who love fishing, surfing, swimming, canoeing, bushwalking, bird watching or camping.
The park lies within the traditional country of the Yuin Aboriginal people. It is thought that Aboriginal occupation of the area could date back over 25 000 years. The plants and animals within the park were a source of food, medicine and shelter for the Yuin people. It is also understood that there was regular contact with the people of the Monaro Tableland and that there was fairly frequent two-way movement between the coast and tablelands. Today the major archaeological remains of this occupation are found in middens and open campsite deposits.
The western section of the park features thick forests of eucalypts
The park is actually named after a shipwrecked paddle steamer, Mimosa, which ran aground in 1863, the remains of which still lie at the wreck site.
On a recent visit, I checked out the following points of interest located at the southern end of Mimosa Rocks National Park. All of these attractions are easily accessible being only a short drive off the highway and then a short walk from the car park.
In the northern and middle sections of the park, you will find additional walks, picnic areas and camping grounds including Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Middle Lagoon and Gillards Beach.
Vehicle-based camping facilities are available at selected areas within the park and camping fees apply. However, there are no freshwater facilities and campers are advised to bring their own drinking water with them. For information about camping within the park please click here.
There are a number of gravel access roads into the park from the Tathra - Bermagui Road. It is important to note that after heavy rain these roads may become impassable and they are not suitable for caravans.
Mimosa Rocks National Park is located 420km south of Sydney, 220km south-east of Canberra and 609km northeast of Melbourne. Click here for a map of the park location. A more detailed map of the park, including access roads and walking tracks, can be obtained from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
For more information about the facilities available within the park, please click here.