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Green Cape area

Ben Boyd National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Green Cape area.

Getting there and parking

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    To get to attractions in the Green Cape area of Ben Boyd National Park from Merimbula (40mins):

    • Travel on the Princes Highway past the town of Eden for around 16km.
    • Turn left onto Edrom Road.
    • Travel 4km along Edrom Road and then turn right onto Green Cape Road.
    • Travel along Green Cape Road through Forestry for approximately 8km until you hit the park entrance.
    • Or to get to the start of the Light to Light walk at Boyds Tower, travel along Edrom Road for 10km and turn right on Boyds Tower Road.

    You can also fly into Merimbula Airport from Sydney and Melbourne.

    Park entry points

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    Road quality

    2WD vehicles can access all areas in the Green Cape area but Green Cape Road can be very rough and bumpy. Please watch out for logging trucks that share this road.

    Best times to visit

    Autumn

    Cook up freshly caught fish by the campfire at Saltwater Creek campground. Pulpit Rock and City Rock are popular land-based fishing spots for experienced fishers (you need a fishing licence).

    Spring

    Are you wild about whales? Plan your visit around the Eden Whale Festival in early November and combine it with a whale watching tour.

    Summer

    Wake up at sunrise for a morning swim at Bittangabee Bay or Saltwater Creek and spend your days paddling, swimming and surfing. Bring your surfboard if you’re camping at Saltwater Creek campground—it’s close to the beach.

    Winter

    Hike the multi-day Light to Light walk when it’s nice and cool and the banksias are in bloom. If you’re starting your hike from Green Cape Lightstation, rest your head and take a hot shower at Telegraph Station bunkhouse before continuing. You can also walk the Light to Light in shorter sections if you’re short on time.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    $8 per vehicle per day in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden).

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    For your safety, please don’t feed the wildlife.

    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.

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    Fire safety

    During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

    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 Plus 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).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Camping

    Cycling

    You can only cycle or mountain bike on vehicle tracks. No cycling on walking tracks.

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    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.

    Green Cape area

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    Nearby towns

    Eden (33 km)

    Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watch tour. It's built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.

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    Merimbula (60 km)

    The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

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