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Sleep on the sparkling Sapphire Coast

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Wild About Whales
Date:
08/11/2013
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Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottages, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: M.Van Ewijk/OEH

The Sapphire Coast follows the coastline of NSW from Bega down, almost to the border with Victoria, to Eden. It's an interesting and very scenic stretch of coast featuring stunning national parks all along the way.

At the northern side of the Sapphire Coast, you can visit places like Gulaga National Park and Mimosa Rocks National Park which are both only short drives from Bega. Further on, Ben Boyd National Park is most definitely worth a look, as is Eden which is a great spot for whale watching and a place strongly linked to Australia's maritime and whaling history.

Fortunately, as well as exploring the Sapphire Coast, you can actually stay at one of the accommodation options in a national park there. Here's some options:

Stay in a lighthouse

Ben Boyd National Park is a sight to behold with 45km of stunning rocky coastline and plenty of picnic spots and walking tracks. Here you can partake in a wonderful experience with an overnight stay at the Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottage. There are two beautifully restored keepers' cottages available, each offering 3.5 star heritage accommodation with open fireplaces and charming nautical decor. Each cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps up to six guests.

Self Contained Accommodation

In the gorgeous Mimosa Rocks National Park, you'll find Myer House. Set in a lovely secluded coastal location you'll find self contained accommodation for up to 12 people in a beautifully restored house which overlooks Bithry Inlet. The house, which combines the old with the new, is authentically restored and offers all the modern conveniences including entertainment and kitchen facilities.

Campgrounds

Mimosa Rocks National Park truly is a seaside sanctuary with beaches, bushland and the amazing rocks with distinctive castle-like features. There are four campgrounds within the park including Aragunnu Campground which is just 50m from the beach, and Gillards Campground which is nestled between the beach and the bush and is suitable for caravans, motor homes, tents and camper trailers.

In Ben Boyd National Park you can also stay at one of two campgrounds. Bittangabee Campground is close to the beach with the historic ruins of a storehouse once used to service Green Cape Lightstation. And nearby, Saltwater Creek Campground is located in a dramatic coastal setting not far from Eden. You can set up your tent among the rough barked apple gums, head to the pristine beach and enjoy paddling with little ones in several shallow lagoons.

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