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Bittangabee Bay ruins

"It’s well worth the brief walk over from Bittangabee Bay to see the ruins."

After just a short stroll from Bittangabee Bay carpark, you’ll arrive at a site of curious ruins, left untouched since the 1840s. A stone building on the shore of Bittangabee Bay, the structure was never completed, and it is thought to have been the work of the Imlay brothers at a time when they were well-known pastoralists in the area. Financial hardship and the death of two of the three brothers in quick succession ground things to a halt, and it has remained that way for more than 170 years.

This makes for a good side trip from relaxing on the beach at Bittangabee Bay. History buffs will love the remnant of early European history, while others will marvel at the effort once required to build in the rugged Australian bush. For more information on the ruins, an audio tour is available.

Lyrebirds are often glimpsed on the path to the site or heard calling through the trees – bring a camera if birdwatching is of interest.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Bittangabee Bay ruins is in the southern precinct of Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:

  • Travel south of Eden for 18km along Princes Highway
  • Turn left on Edrom Road and follow it for 6km
  • Turn right onto the unsealed Green Cape Road, and follow it for 15km until you reach Bittangabee Access Road.
  • Turn left and follow the road to the end (about 3km).

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Bittangabee Bay. Please note, there’s a fee to use this park and a valid sticker should be visible on any vehicle inside the park boundaries.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

You should know:

  • It's a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • For more information on the ruins, download the Light to Light walk audio tour, which offers plenty of information about the history and landscape of Ben Boyd National Park. Please note, it’s best to download the audio tour before arriving at the park.

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Bittangabee Bay ruins, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Spencer