Sitting pretty in NSW’s Ben Boyd National Park, The Pinnacles are a must-visit natural spectacle of colour. This short and easy walk to the oceanside cliffs can be managed by almost anyone.


We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Yuin Nation, the traditional Country of the Yuin people who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.


  • Magnificent, colourful cliffs
  • Easy, undulating walk
  • Close to lots of great swimming spots


The Sapphire Coast is a section of coastline spanning from Bermagui to the Victorian border on the far South Coast of NSW. Much of this area is designated national park, and discussions are underway to find a new name for this swathe of spectacular Yuin land. 



One of the many breathtaking features of the area is The Pinnacles, a series of multicoloured rock escarpments right on the beach. Gradations of white and red contrast with green bushland heath, dark pines, and blue water, making it something of a natural kaleidoscope.  

The lower white section of the cliffs is made of sand deposits up to 65 million years old, while the upper red layer comprises red gravel clay. Several vantage points along the way offer different angles on The Pinnacles and adjacent beaches along the rugged coastline. 

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From the car park, the short walk is easy to navigate using the National Park signs. It’s a fairly level 1.1km loop, except for a few stairs. There are more stairs to tackle if you choose to take the additional 900m return walk to Pinnacles Beach, which is also clearly marked. 



Other nearby spots worth visiting are Barmouth Beach, for a picnic and views across to Pambula, and Haycock Point, for a walk to a secluded swimming spot in the natural rock pools near Haystack Rock.  


Essential Gear

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (low scrub means you’re very exposed to the elements here)
  • Water
  • Swimmers
  • Towel

How To Get There

Take the Haycock Rd turnoff from Princes Highway, which leads down a pretty level unsealed road into Ben Boyd National Park. Unless there’s been a lot of rain, this road is suitable for most vehicles and you don’t need a 4WD.  

Clearly marked turnoffs from Haycock Rd indicate where to park for the various points of interest inside the park. The sign for The Pinnacles will be on your right, a short distance down Haycock Rd. 

Skill Level


This is a short walk along a clear track with no major inclines or obstacles.

Distance / Duration

1.1km / 30 mins