2 days Itinerary

Itinerary: Light to Light walk

Overview

Tackle the spectacular Light to Light walk, which stretches 30km between Green Cape Lightstation and Boyds Tower in Ben Boyd National Park on the far south coast. Take in stunning and ever changing views and get up close with native animals on this superb south coast walk. You'll see pristine coastal scenery and trace the state’s early light-keeping history.

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Spot kangaroos, wallabies, lyrebirds, wombats, possums and kookaburras and watch whales gliding past on their annual winter migrations. You can walk in either direction and enjoy the walk on shorter sections. Or hike the full trail over two days, sleeping in quiet campsites at Saltwater Creek or Bittangabee Bay.

Wherever you walk, make sure you’re well-prepared, with comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, a map and plenty of water. For longer walks, you might also prefer to join a group with a professional guide. This walk is located in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park and can be started from either end of the 31km trek – Boyds Tower or Green Cape Lightstation.

There are two campgrounds with facilities along the trail: Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay. There is also accommodation at the Green Cape Lightstation Keepers’ Cottage.

Getting there:

  • Eden is approximately 6 hours drive south of Sydney. From Melbourne, it’s a 5½ hour drive to Edrom Road, which then takes you to either end of the trek.
  • For weather forecasts in the area, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Day 1: Hop to it

It’s a full day, 17.5km hike from Green Cape Lightstation to the Saltwater Creek campground. Head into dense tea-tree scrub, past Bittangabee campground and along sheltered Bittangabee Bay, where the Green Cape Lightstation keepers once stored their supplies. Say hello to the mobs of eastern grey kangaroos who gather at dusk, before setting up camp behind the powder-white beach at Saltwater Creek.

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.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
30km one-way
Time
2 - 3 days
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Ben Boyd National Park in South Coast
Campers at Bittangabee campground, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: J Spencer/OEH

Bittangabee campground

Enjoy bush camping by the beach at Bittangabee campground on the far south coast. Go fishing, swimming, snorkelling or look out for superb lyrebirds nearby.

Price
Budget. Park entry fees apply.
Sites
30
Suitable for
Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Where
Ben Boyd National Park in South Coast
Surfers on the beach at Saltwater Creek campground, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: J Spencer/OEH

Saltwater Creek campground

Remote and secluded, Saltwater Creek campground offers swimming, fishing, surfing, paddling and walking in Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden on the far south coast.

Price
Budget. Park entry fees apply.
Sites
14
Suitable for
Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Where
Ben Boyd National Park in South Coast

Day 2: Start your own off-road adventure

Rise early and continue north through the fast-changing vegetation – waist-high heath and scrub followed by lush green rainforest. The walk round the headlands to Mowarry Point is so picturesque; keep an eye out for the medieval-style turrets of Boyds Tower in the distance. Make sure you pack your swimmers for a swim in pretty Leatherjacket Bay, before continuing the climb to Boyds Tower, built by Ben Boyd in 1847.

Length
2 days
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Green Cape Lighthouse. Photo: Micheal Van Ewijk