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Nelson Beach and Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published April 27th 2014
A mysterious beach & its hauntingly beautiful backdrop
There are some things in life that always make us want it over and over again and there are places that make us keep coming back for more.... and Nelsons Beach & Lagoon at Mimosa National Park does just that.

Just a short drive from Bega with show-stopping headland views, rainforest pockets, historic sites and of course the pure lagoon with a beach filled with mysteries and untold truths of shipwrecks, it is unquestionably a place that makes you keep coming back...

One of the many amazing views of Nelson Beach...


The drive is beyond worth it and the short walk through pure bushland makes it even more spectacular.

With an abundance of birdlife such as oystercatchers, striated thornbills and little wattlebirds foraging for food - ensure you bring those binoculars and keep an eye out especially near the lagoon and with sightings of whales in migration season it is an absolute must see.

For a little history, the national park takes its name from the Paddle Steamer Mimosa that wrecked in 1863 after running onto rocks at the northern end of the park.

The calming view of Nelson Lagoon...


You cannot help but feel the mysteries of the beach and lagoon as you wander through; you really do get a heavy sense of this hauntingly beautiful backdrop... You feel the presence of the untold shipwreck stories.

There is plenty of opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, surfing, birdwatching and of course the casual picnic alongside the breathtaking lagoon and beach.

The pathway to Nelson Beach...


From Nelson Beach carpark, it is a short and very easy walk to the absolutely tranquil, breathtaking and hauntingly spectacular beach and lagoon - from the amazing golden sand of Nelson Beach you are able to walk to the lagoon or alternatively you can take the lagoon short walking track from the carpark.

Another amazing view of Nelson Beach with its surrounding bushland...


Nelson Beach and Lagoon is located in the southern part of Mimosa National Park - from Tathra, follow Tahtra-Bermagui Road, and then turn right onto Nelson Lake Road and follow the signs to Nelson Beach, once you arrive there is plenty of carpark and it is a short walk from the carpark to the lagoon and beach.

The road is unsealed and is suitable for 2WD vehicles.

The exciting road to Nelson Beach & Lagoon...


Nelson Beach and Lagoon without a doubt does not disappoint and it is worth the drive and of course there is camping near the beach in the national park and plenty of places to stay nearby, too.

So gather the kids or your travelling partner, pack the bags and hit the road for an unforgettable trip to one of the most impressive beaches and lagoons in Mimosa National Park.

The ocean's fury of waves at Nelson Beach...
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Why? To experience one of the best beaches & lagoons in the South Coast
When: All year round
Where: Mimosa Rocks National Park, Nelson Lake Rd, Tanja (follow the signs to the beach)
Cost: Free
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