On the Sapphire Coast far south of New South Wales a magical and coastal serenity lays, the Ben Boyd National Park. With its historical and unspoilt attractions this National Park is a true haven and playground for tourists!
From whale watching, walks, fishing, camping, lookouts to the popular scenic Light to Light walk, there is an abundance of activities to enjoy for all interests, fitness levels and ages.
Ben Boyd National Park was named after the entrepreneur Ben Boyd, who had many interests in the far coast of New South Wales which included interests of whaling and farming. The National Park was established in 1971 and with 8,900 hectares originally in size and today it has expanded to 10,486 hectares of pure unspoilt beauty that we can explore.
There are many historical sites to visit including the spectacular sandstone tower known as Boyd Tower that was built in 1847 and commissioned by Ben Boyd. It overlooks the entrance to the harbour of Twofold Bay, however, the Tower was never completed and the walk to the Tower is one not to miss, along with the Lookouts!
The Green Cape Lighthouse in the southern part of the National Park features rugged coastlines, vivid rock formations, unspoilt beaches along with extensive areas of coastal heath and intriguing history, making this part of Ben Boyd National Park a wonderland of exploration.
The hauntingly beautiful trees at City Rock lookout & walk...
Be taken aback and in awe with the 65 million year old rock multicoloured erosion formation with white sands overlaying rusty red clay at The Pinnacles, making this formation a popular tourist attraction with easy walks, lookouts and beach access.
For history buffs take a journey to the Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site where you will be welcomed to the once longest-operating shore-based whaling station in Australia and the last of its kind to close down.
Look who we spotted before our picnic break at Haycock Beach...
If you are a birdwatching enthusiast, you will not be disappointed with the 212 species of birds that have been recorded at the National Park. Birdwatching can be discovered throughout the Park with lush eucalypt woodland and other tree species covering the National Park, making no shortage of spotting out these amazing creatures!
There are fifty species of mammal that have been recorded, including pests that include cats and foxes, which can be spotted out throughout the Park, so do keep an eye out.
If hiking is more of your thing, then you will love the breathtaking 30km walk known as the Light to Light walk, between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. It takes you through coastlines of unspoilt nature including Leatherjacket Bay, where you can take a quick swim before heading back on the track. Click here for all details.
The rugged coastline of folded red rocks contrasts with the sapphire blue Pacific Ocean, with pristine surf beaches, rugged bays, quiet campgrounds, sheltered inlets and historical sites, along with the many plants and animals that are key elements of this magnificent and breathtaking landscape, are all begging for you to discover!
Access to Ben Boyd National Park to the northern section is via Pambula Beach and Haycock Rd which leads off Princes Highway 8km north of Eden and the southern section access is via Edrom Rd which leads off the Princes Highway 18km south of Eden.
There are two Camp sites available the National Park- see website.
Accommodation other than camping is available at towns such as Eden and surroundings.