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Mystery Bay

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Published April 6th 2017
Discover the mystery behind Mystery Bay’s name
Mystery Bay's name arises from the disappearance of Lamont Young, a government geologist, his assistant and three other men in 1880, whose mission was to inspect new goldfields. Their bodies were never found, so hence the name of the bay. And this mysterious piece of haven on the picturesque Sapphire Coast, New South Wales is one beach that should be on the bucket list of attractions!

There is an array of beach activities to enjoy at this picturesque beach...


The Bay itself is where the wreck of the small boat was discovered in mysterious circumstances, naming Mystery Bay after their unexplained disappearance…

Montague Island can be seen in the distance


Situated in the Eurbodalla National Park, this mysterious nature attraction is filled with spectacular rock formations that arise from the sea and along the shoreline, making it an impressive attraction to discover the different rocks.

Mystery Bay is the perfect beach to enjoy a relaxing day out


The rocks are a dominant feature at this beach, with the chert black mudstone and slate that date back an impressive nearly 500 million years to the Ordovician period!

There are a few access points to the beach


This dramatic bay is filled with an array of activities to enjoy with campsites nearby, swimming, surfing opportunities, fishing, snorkelling and diving, and bushwalks and picnics can be enjoyed here too.

Exploring the rock pools are a must do, as you never know what you will discover!



The Mystery Bay Lookout is a must visit, as you will be welcomed to scenic views, picnic areas, walking trails, birdwatching and whale watching (during migration season) opportunities.

Discover the interesting rock formations at Mystery Bay


The coastal Yuin People traditionally camped, fished and collected resources from this area, a tradition that continues into the present. Today you will find a number of middens and artefact scatterings that remain in Mystery Bay, so be sure to keep an eye out for these.

The Lookout offers awe-inspiring views of the entire beach & ocean...


Next to the Lookout, there is a picnic area offering astounding coastal views of the Bay and surrounding ocean, making this a charming picnic spot.

There is so much to discover and explore at Mystery Bay...


After enjoying soaking up the sun rays on the beach and admiring the views from the Lookout, stretch your legs with the walking trails, which take you on a journey through lush bushland with coastal views and birdwatching opportunities.

A picnic with a view!


If you are a snorkelling enthusiast, you will not be disappointed with the sensational snorkelling experiences at Mystery Bay; the deep channels offer wonderful snorkelling.

Enjoy the perfect picnic & rest at the gazebo with the breathtaking backdrop of Msytery Bay


There is campground nearby, fronting the ocean and it is one of the few natural camping areas remaining in the South Coast & Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, making camping here a fascinating experience.



The campground is located a short distance off the Princess Highway, but you will truly feel like you a million miles away from civilization! The large campsite is scattered throughout the native bushland, thrilling cliff headlands and beaches. The campsite is located approximately 9km south of Narooma and 24km north of Cobargo, heading into Mystery Bay on the left. It is also pet-friendly!



Getting here:

Located 15km south of Narooma and 70km from Batemans Bay.
Take the left turn off Princess Highway onto Mystery Bay Road and follow the road into Mystery Bay.

There are toilet facilities, picnic areas and camping ground on site.
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Why? The perfect city escape...
When: All year round
Where: Eurobodalla National Park, Mystery Bay Rd, Central Tilba
Cost: Free
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