19 March 2013
This stunning 31-kilometre stretch of coastline is a spectacular opportunity to get back to nature – complete with wildlife sightings and even the chance to spot whales between September and November. As you make your way between Boyds Tower and Green Cape in the southern part of Ben Boyd National Park, you will have the chance to not only take in stunning natural scenery, but also experience its fascinating Aboriginal heritage firsthand.
If you are curious to learn more about the area – either during your hike or before you go – you can access a free downloadable audio tour on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website to help you get acquainted with the park’s historical significance and Aboriginal heritage.
The hike can usually be completed in two to three days and avid campers can stop and stay overnight for one or two nights along the way. Camping facilities are available at both Saltwater and Bittangbee.
Alternatively, if you prefer not to hike with all your camping gear or you prefer to stay off-trail, you can organise a car shuffle and complete the journey in sections. You will also find that the assistant lighthouse keeper’s cottages at Green Cape offer heritage accommodation in an unforgettable setting.
While you are in the area, it is also worth spending a day or two checking out Eden, which is a historic whaling town with plenty of coastal appeal. Here you won’t want to miss the Killer Whale Museum, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers plenty of opportunities to spot the marine mammals during the migration season.