From breathtaking views and beachside camping to spotting whales and dolphins, the Light to Light walk, near Eden on the sparkling Sapphire Coast of NSW, is exhilarating. Amble on small sections or enjoy a three-day trek. You can even stay in a beautifully restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage.
Explore Ben Boyd National Park
Discover spectacular views, beautiful beaches and enchanting wilderness on the Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden, on the sparkling Sapphire Coast. You can enjoy small sections of the walk or embark on a three-day trek between Ben Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse.
Bring plenty of water and check out the bushwalking safety tips before starting this adventure on the far NSW South Coast. Begin the walk at either Boyds Tower or Green Cape and you can download a smartphone app from the National Parks and Wildlife Service for fascinating insights on the trail.
Below is an itinerary for a three-day trek.
Begin the coastal trek from Boyds Tower, built in 1847. You’ll spot seals and seabirds all year and migrating humpback whales in season from May to November. Head for the gorgeous Saltwater Creek Beach to cool down with a swim and enjoy the secluded camping experience at the Saltwater Creek campgrounds.
You’ll be amazed with ever-changing views, from banksia woodlands to sheltered coves and red-rock platforms. Stop for a dip in crystal-clear Bittangabee Bay. Explore the Bittangabee Bay Ruins and pitch your tent at Bittangabee campgrounds, which has barbecues and other amenities.
Continue to Green Cape Lighthouse on a trail that was traditionally travelled by lighthouse keepers with supplies off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay. Take the walkway to the Green Cape lookout for the breathtaking views. You can stay in the historic Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottages.
Light to Light Walk - Ben Boyd National Park
The Sapphire Coast Light to Light Walk is an easy scenic 30 km walk that winds its way through Ben Boyd National Park between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation near the town of Eden. Explore the far South Coast's spectacular coastline discovering unspoilt beaches, heathland and forest, and historical sites along the way. It is recommended you allow three days to complete this walk.
Begin the coastal trek from Boyds Tower and admire this historic sandstone building originally intended to be a lighthouse. Follow the trail and lookout for seals and seabirds year-round, or migrating whales in season, particularly between September and November. Head to the pristine Saltwater Creek Beach to cool down with a swim or surf and enjoy the remote and intimate camping experience offered at the Saltwater Creek campgrounds.
Continue along the trail on day two, taking in stunning and ever-changing views passing banksia woodlands, sheltered coves and red-rock platforms. Stop for a dip at the small and scenic Bittangabee Beach in Bittangabee Bay, or enjoy fishing in this pristine environment (a fishing license is required). Venture to the nearby Bittangabee Bay Ruins and explore the remnants of incomplete structures dating back to the 1840s. Enjoy a barbeque and rest up for the journey ahead by pitching a tent at the Bittangabee campgrounds.
Continue south towards Green Cape Lightstation following a trail that was traditionally travelled by lightkeepers taking supplies that were off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay; look closely for remnants of the old horse-drawn tram track. You'll find a walkway to the lookout at the tip of Green Cape where you can stop to look for dolphins and take in stunning views across Disaster Bay.
The Light to Light Walk can be started from either Boyds Tower or Green Cape Lightstation and is accessible by car. Parking is available near Green Cape Lightstation and Boyds Tower in Eden, as well as by Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee campgrounds. Be sure to take along plenty of water, adequate sun protection, and comfortable footwear and clothing.
Visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information on the Light to Light walk and to download a free audio tour.