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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.