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Bittangabee Bay ruins

Green Cape area in Ben Boyd National Park

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Overview

Bittangabee Bay ruins, in Ben Boyd National Park, is an unfinished stone building dating from the 1840s, giving visitors a glimpse of early European history in the national park.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Green Cape area in Ben Boyd National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • 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.

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.

Take a virtual tour of Bittangabee Bay ruins captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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Aerial view of surfer in the ocean near Saltwater Creek campground. Photo: J Spencer/OEH