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