One Day Itinerary – Pambula
If you’re around the stunning Pambula area, we have put together a great one-day itinerary that kids of all ages – and the adults – will love too!
Start your day with the Pinnacles Walk, within Ben Boyd National Park. This walk is only 1 kilometre long and takes around 30 minutes (even with kids!). The beauty of this little adventure is that you will be taken through forest, woodland, heath and a moist gully – such varied terrain on a short walk, which keeps it interesting for the kids. You can also access the white sands of Long Beach from the carpark should the mood take you.
You will also come across two lookouts on your short journey – with views of Lennards Island to the south and Haycock Point to the north. But one of the most interesting features you will come across are the red and white cliffs – an icon of the Sapphire Coast area. Formed over 65 million years ago, the lower white sands mark the level of an ancient water table, while the red gravel clay is actually rust – it is a very stark contrast.
Getting there: This walk is located 20 kms south of Pambula. From the Princes Highway turn onto Haycock Road, then onto Pinnacles Road. There is a carpark only about 1 km from the highway. Too easy!
Once your mini adventure is complete, it’s time to replenish at the Oaklands Barn. This place is not just a cafe though – it is a garden centre, stockfeed store, art gallery, brewery, gift shop, animal barn and cafe! Well we did say this itinerary suits all ages!
Little ones will absolutely love the animal barn which is complete with pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, alpacas and more. The kids can get up close and personal, and they will never want to leave….unless you take them on a pony ride! Yes, the kids (aged from 2 to 7) can ride the ponies as well. What more could a little animal lover want? Entry to the barn is just $2 and pony rides are $5. The animal barn is open every day from 10am to 3pm during NSW school holidays, and on Saturdays and Sundays during the rest of the year. Call ahead during the week outside of holidays to check if open.
Kids from age 8 are catered for too with trail rides on horses! Bookings are essential for this 1.5 hour adventure, which costs $60 per person. Trail rides operate every day during school holidays, or by arrangement throughout the rest of the year.
With the kids looked after, what better time for the adults to enjoy the various other things around the barn – starting with a lovely lunch!
Getting there: Oaklands Barn is located at 3546 Princes Highway Pambula. You cannot miss it! It is only 8km from Merimbula and 18km from Eden too.
If you still have energy after all this, then head to Panboola Wetlands (if not, book it in for the next day as it is definitely worth seeing!). The end of the main walking track is conveniently located right at Oaklands Barn!
The wetlands are 77 hectares of freshwater billabongs, salt marsh and grassy plains. The birdlife is thriving and abundant here, so keep and eye out! If you have bikes or a pram, this area is perfect as the paths are designed for both riding and walking. Take your time, have your camera at the ready and soak up the serene surroundings in this gem located right near Pambula! There are lots of seats and lookouts throughout the area too.
Getting there: the main entrance for Panboola Wetlands is in Bullara Street – at the bottom of the main street of Pambula. Entry to the wetlands is free.
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