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Nelson Lagoon - Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Published July 25th 2019
The allure of a sparkling and secluded lagoon
What would you say if I told you there is a place, not too far from Sydney, where crystal-clear coastal lagoons are hidden amongst a little known national park? Where sparkling sapphire-hued water meanders through the forest from the creek, then on to the lagoon before finally meeting the ocean.

Mimosa Rocks National Park Nelson Lagoon Sapphire Coast
A tantalising view of Mimosa Rocks National Park (Image Credit: Destination NSW)


Nelson Lagoon is such a place. As you drive along the coastal road between Bermagui and Tathra you would never know it existed as it is hidden among the thick forests of Mimosa Rocks National Park. I had seen tantalising pictures (such as this one above) online and was determined to see it for myself.

Nelson Lagoon is located at the southern end of Mimosa Rocks National Park. Access to the lagoon is via a leisurely walk of around 300 metres from the car park.

Nelson Lagoon Mimosa Rocks National Park Sapphire Coast
It is a scenic walk lined with burrawangs


The sandy track is lined with beautiful burrawangs, a native cycad. It's not long before you catch a glimpse of the pristine lagoon waters.

Fed by Nelson Creek, Nelson Lagoon, is an estuary that is open to the sea. It is a picture-perfect spot for a swim or a paddle if you happen to bring a canoe, kayak or paddleboard with you.

Nelsom Lagoon Mimosa Rocks National Park sapphire Coast
The stunning Nelson Lagoon


It is also a popular spot for recreational fishing (a permit is required) and for bird-watching. Nelson Lagoon is also an important oyster-growing area with several oyster leases existing within the lagoon.

Nelson Lagoon Mimosa Rocks National Park Sapphire Coast
A perfect spot for a swim or a paddle


Nelson Lagoon Mimosa Rocks National Park Sapphire Coast
Kicking ourselves for not bringing our kayak or SUP


The water of the lagoon is a beautiful sapphire colour and crystal clear - it looks so inviting. However the water temperature was quite cold when we visited in July, and with no kayak or SUP with us we had to make do with an ankle deep stroll along the edge. On the day we visited we spotted a couple of people fishing otherwise the lagoon was deserted. I have read however that this spot is quite popular during the summer months.

Nelson Lagoon Mimosa Rocks National Park sapphire Coast
Where the lagoon meets the ocean


It's not far to follow the lagoon around to its opening at Nelson Beach, another exceedingly beautiful and peaceful spot to enjoy spending some time in nature.

Nelson Beach Mimosa Rocks National Park Sapphire Coast
Nelson Beach


I must admit that it is difficult to tear yourself away from such natural beauty, however when it is time to go you can return to the car park via the lagoon or by simply walking up the beach.

Nelson Beach Mimosa Rocks National Park Sapphire Coast
A walk up the beach will return you to the car park


Camping is not permitted at either Nelson Lagoon or Nelson Beach however there is a toilet facility (long drop) located near the car park.

To get to Nelson Lagoon, turn off the Tathra - Bermagui Road at Nelson Lake Road. It is around 2.5 km from the turnoff to the car park for Nelson Lagoon.

Other places of interest nearby include Moon Bay and Wajurda Point Lookout.

For more information about Nelson Lagoon and the Mimosa Rocks National Park please click here.
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Why? Enjoy the natural beauty of the Sapphire Coast
When: All year round
Phone: NPWS Narooma Ph: 4476 0800
Where: Mimosa Rocks National Park
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Google map shows it will take almost 5 hrs drive from Sydney. With break it'll take around 6 hours and you reckon it's not too far from Sydney. I wouldn't think driving 6hrs there and 6 hrs back on weekend is worth it. However, it is a beautiful spot to visit if you are driving past or holidaying nearby.
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