Telegraph Station bunkhouse

Green Cape area in Ben Boyd National Park

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Overview

Planning to hike the multi-day Light to Light walk? Make Telegraph Station bunkhouse your base for an overnight stay in the Green Cape area of Ben Boyd National Park.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Other Bunkhouse
Where 2086 Green Cape Lighthouse Road, Green Cape, NSW, 2551 - in Green Cape area
Bedrooms 1
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets
What to bring Bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels, food supplies
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum stays may apply.
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply and are not included in your accommodation fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Telegraph Station bunkhouse has been renovated specifically as short stay accommodation for walkers undertaking the 30km Light to Light walk
  • Transfers to the start of the walk near Boyds Tower must be pre-booked by calling the Merimbula office (fees apply).
  • Check in 2pm, check out 10am. Fees may apply for late checkouts.
  • The bunkhouse is in a remote location so please arrive well prepared
  • Supplies are available in Kiah or Eden, around 1 hour drive away.
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If you’re a hiker or backpacker exploring the southern reaches of Ben Boyd National Park, rest your head and enjoy a hot shower after tackling the iconic Light to Light walk. This simple bunkhouse offers no-frills, fully self-contained accommodation in a converted 19th century telegraph station—which was last used to send a telegram in 2007 for the 125th anniversary of Green Cape Lightstation.

It’s also an ideal place to stay for friends and families who want to experience the unique beauty and history of Green Cape on a budget. The bunkhouse overlooks the ocean and is a stone’s throw from Green Cape Lightstation cottages and Green Cape Lighthouse. For a hassle-free walking adventure, you can book a 45 minute transfer to Boyds Tower and follow the coastline all the way back to the bunkhouse.

Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the Tasman Sea and Disaster Bay before strapping on your boots and kicking on along the coast the next day.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Distant view of Green Cape Lighthouse and outbuildings set on rugged coastal terrain with rocky reefs. Photo: John Spencer © DPIE

    Green Cape Lighthouse

    Green Cape Lighthouse, around 45min south of Eden, is the southernmost lighthouse in NSW. Towering above Green Cape Lightstation Keepers’ Cottages, soak up the maritime heritage and spot migrating whales.

  • Light to Light walkers standing on the red rocks at Bittangabee Bay. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Light to Light walk

    Begin this multi-day walk at Boyds Tower down the far south coast, and end at Green Cape Lighthouse. Stop for a swim and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales.

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All the practical information you need to know about Telegraph Station bunkhouse.

Getting there and parking

Telegraph Station bunkhouse is in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:

  • Travel south from Eden on the Princes Highway for 18km
  • Turn off at Edrom Road and follow it for 6km
  • Turn right onto Green Cape Road and follow it for 21km

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available for 1 vehicle next to the bunkhouse. Additional vehicles can park in the day use visitor parking area, a short distance away.

Facilities

  • The bunkhouse has 2 rooms and a bathroom, open plan studio style living room with kitchenette, 2 fold-down single bunk beds and a bedroom with 2 fold down single bunk beds.
  • There’s a gas fireplace, small fridge, microwave, kettle, gas stove top, and kitchen table with 4 chairs.
  • All cutlery, crockery, glassware and kitchenware is provided.
  • On the patio outside is a gas Weber barbecue, an outdoor table and bench chairs.
  • Linen can be provided for an additional cost.
  • Pillows are provided.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing/broken items.
  • A rubbish bin is provided. Rubbish and recycling bins are also available in the area.
  • The bunkhouse uses solar power with a backup diesel generator. Please leave your personal electrical devices, including hair dryers and electric blankets, at home.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

There is a filtered tap in the kitchen for drinking. Water used for facilities is untreated rainwater.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Spear fishing is permitted in designated areas only. Ask the caretaker for more information.

Prohibited

Amplified music is not permitted.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Telegraph Station bunkhouse is in Green Cape area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal culture

Aerial view of Ben Boyd National Park coastline. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

The Yuin People are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Ben Boyd National Park and they have a long and complex relationship with the coastal environment. At Twofold Bay, the Yuin People had a special relationship with the orca whales. The orcas drove humpback whales into shore, the people used spears to kill them and the orcas and people shared the meat. Aboriginal people later taught European settlers to work with orca whales during the shore-based whaling days of Twofold Bay.

Giants of the deep

Humpback whale breaching. Photo: Jonas Liebschner/DPIE

Enjoy some of Australia’s best whale watching here between September and November when hundreds of whales and their calves move in to Twofold Bay to frolic and feed before migrating south to Antarctica. You can get a good view of Twofold Bay from the viewing platform at Boyds Tower. At the southern tip of the park, see if you can spot whales near Green Cape Lightstation or Disaster Bay lookout.

  • Green Cape lookout Green Cape lookout in Ben Boyd National Park is one of the best places to enjoy whale watching in NSW.

Rocks tell a story

People whale watching from a rock shelf near Bittangabee Bay. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

Ben Boyd’s stunning rock formations, inlets and headlands are the result of extensive geological folding. Most of the park lies on red, brown and green shales, sandstones, siltstones and quartzites. They were formed in the Devonian period around 360 million years ago—before dinosaurs roamed the earth. You can see these rock types exposed along the cliffs and headlands. The Devonian period is known as The Age of Fishes and internationally-significant fish fossils have been found in several places along the park’s coastline.

  • Guided 3-day Light to Light walks Join the experienced local guides of Light2Light Coastal Walks and make the most of one of the best treks on the Far South Coast, in Ben Boyd National Park near Eden.  
  • Light to Light walk Begin this multi-day walk at Boyds Tower down the far south coast, and end at Green Cape Lighthouse. Stop for a swim and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales.

Vulnerable species

An eastern ground parrot blends into grassland. Photo: Lachlan Hall/DPIE

The heathland in the Green Cape area of the park provides significant habitat for vulnerable species like the eastern ground parrot and striated fieldwren. It’s also a stronghold for NSW’s population of the endangered southern brown bandicoot. Around 50 native mammals and nearly 150 species of birds have been recorded in Ben Boyd National Park, including 1 critically endangered bird, 4 endangered animal species and 25 vulnerable species.

  • Guided 3-day Light to Light walks Join the experienced local guides of Light2Light Coastal Walks and make the most of one of the best treks on the Far South Coast, in Ben Boyd National Park near Eden.  
  • Light to Light walk Begin this multi-day walk at Boyds Tower down the far south coast, and end at Green Cape Lighthouse. Stop for a swim and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales.

Fascinating coastal heritage

Visitors a the Bittangabee Bay ruins. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

The first shore-based whaling station on mainland Australia was set up at Twofold Bay in 1828. Benjamin Boyd established a competing business and built a private lighthouse, Boyd's Tower, and a township, Boydtown, before being declared bankrupt. The coast was the site of many shipwrecks. Green Cape Lighthstation started operation in 1883 but shipwrecks continued, including the Ly-ee-moon that sank in 1886. You can pay your respects to some of the 76 victims at a graveyard a short walk from the lighthouse. There are also regular guided tours of the lighthouse.

  • Davidson Whaling Station Take a guided tour at historic Davidson Whaling Station – discover how killer whales helped the Davidson family. And when you're done, finish the day with a picnic at the nearby beach.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

    The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Lace monitor, Daleys Point walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Lace monitor (Varanus varius)

    One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

Plants

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

  •  Grey mangrove, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)

    Grey mangrove is the most common and widespread mangrove found within intertidal zones across Australia, and throughout the world. Growing to a height of 3-10m, they thrive best in estuaries with a mix of fresh and salt water. They excrete excess salt through their long thick leaves, and absorb oxygen through their aerial root system.

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

Environments in this area

Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: John Spencer