Killalea National Park is a coastal reserve of approximately 265 hectares where you can find some of the best beaches on the south coast of NSW. The reserve is made up ofareas of rainforest, extensive wetlands, and breeding areas for seabirds.Killalea is popular for day trips, surfing, and fishing.
For nature lovers there are walking trails through rainforest and trails along extensive wetlands and seabird breeding areas. Swimming and surfing are the best activities offered by The Farm and Mystics , two of the best surfing beaches on the south coast of NSW.
How to get
The Farm is located north ofMinnamurra,less than two hours south ofSydney.Access to the reserve is not very well indicated, so we recommend using GPS.
In the reserve there are two beaches:Mystics Beach (Minnamurra Beach), andKillalea Beach (The Farm):
Mystics Beach is a different beach: It is very long and the Minnamurra river ends at its left end, whose mouth forms an arm of sand that marks the end of the beach. From the beach you can seeStack Island, located just off the coast.
The views of the beach from either side of the river and the views from the beach itself are beautiful.
The farm is the perfect beach to enjoy a quiet bath: it is wide, calm and gradually covers, so it is safe, although you always have to be careful with the currents.
Both beaches are very good for surfing, in fact they were declareda National Surf Reservein 2009.The Farmis a bay-shaped beach in which the water covers little by little so the waves are long and easy, perfect forlongboardor for learning when you're not out of date; andMystics Beachis famous amongbodyboardersfor its fast waves and tubes.
What to do
We went to spend a summer weekend with some friends. We left Sydney on Saturday morning andpitchedour tents atKillalea State Park Camping, that same day we spent atMystics Beach. On Sunday we took the opportunity to have brunch atShellharbourand lie in the sun atThe Farmto enjoy a spectacular Sunday at the beach.
We had our eye on Mystics Beach during another trip to the south coast, when we were hiking theKiama Coastal Walk(Here we describe that trip:Between the subtropical forest and the coast, Minnamurra). We were looking forward to seeing the spectacularMystics Beach, but we did not expect the park to be so beautiful, if you live inSydneyorCanberrayou cannot miss it.
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Published in March 2017, updated in July 2018
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