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Published December 2nd 2019
This National Park is perfect for nature & wildlife lovers
Ben Boyd National Park is packed with intriguing history, from aboriginal middens to a heritage lighthouse as well as being home to many rare wildlife, sheltered inlets, around 45km of stunning rocky coastline, as well as plenty of walking tracks to suit all fitness levels.
Ben Boyd National Park is situated on the New South Coast Sapphire Coast near the town of Eden. It was named after entrepreneur, Ben Boyd, as was established in 1973. It encompasses an area of over 24, 710 acres (10,000 hectares). The list features the best walks across the National Park. There are easy walks, adventurous, and multi-day walks to enjoy.
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Distance: 1.2km- Return Time Suggested: 20-40 minutes Grade: Easy, grade 4 Description: This short and easy walk winds through spectacular coastal eucalyptus forest with pockets of Cypress pine and cherry ballart. There is a rich cultural history and middens which date back 6,000 years at the river. Wildlife, including white-bellied sea eagles, dolphins, and stingrays can be spotted on the walk.
Distance: 30km- One way Time Suggested: 2-3 Days. Grade: Rated grade 4, mostly easy tracks and self-guided. Description: This spectacular coastal walk hugs the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. You will be welcomed with ever-changing views from heathland to forest, tea tree groves to banksia woodlands, and sheltered coves to towering red-rock platforms.
Distance: 1.1km- Loop Time Suggested: 20-40 minutes Grade: Easy, Grade 3 Description: Formed around 65 million years ago, the Pinnacles red and white cliff is a stunning snapshot of the earth's history. The walk is home to two lookouts and offers spectacular views. The walk is short and passes through lush forest woodland, health, and gully, as well as offering access to Long Beach.
The walk is magical and showcases the beauty of nature with the fascinating Pinnacles formation- a spectacular erosion feature that consists of cliffs of soft white sands capped with a layer of red gravel clay.
Distance: 800 metres return Time Suggested: 15-45mins Grade: Medium- Grade 2 Description: This Walk will lead you to the historic Boyds Tower and is has a 350m wheelchair-accessible bitumen track with lay-by.
This easy and gentle walking tracks and boardwalk imposes around the Boyd's Tower- which was never commissioned as a lighthouse.
There are two lookouts offering striking views- One over the Pacific Ocean and the lookout over Twofold Bay, and during whale migration season, whales can be spotted showing off their ocean acrobatics.
Distance: 3km, one-way Time Suggested: 1 ½- 2 ½ hours Grade: Easy, Grade 3 Description: This pleasant and moderate walk takes in whale watching (during migration), picturesque coastal views, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities. The walk follows the stunning headland on the southern shore of Pambula River estuary, all the way to Barmouth Beach.
The walk captures the remote beauty of the National Park, as you wind your way through a range of landscapes, including windswept heath, woodlands, and scenic views of rugged rock formations and dramatic cliff lines. Click here for the website.
Distance: 7km, one-way Time Suggested: 2-3 hours Grade: Moderate, Grade 4 Description: This walking track links to a pristine rocky beach with a historic light station (open for guided tours) and follows a path that has been travelled by lightkeepers over the many years. If you look closely you can see remnants of the old horse-drawn tram track.
The surrounds of Green Cape Lightstation features informative signs detailing its operation.
Do keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and during migration season whales, as well as wildlife. The path leads through bushlands and remote beaches and makes a great starting or endpoint on the great Light to Light Walk.
Distance: 13.2km, one-way Time Suggested: 4 ½ - 5 ½ hours Grade: Moderate, Grade 4 Description: Walk through scenic coastal forest, sandy beaches, rocky bays, sheltered inlets, and ocean platforms with many swimming and snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching opportunities. Whales frequent the area during migration season, making it a wonderful time to whale watch.
At Leather Jacket Bay there are stretches of beautiful red rocks, coloured by iron oxide which cemented the sand particles together around 320 million years ago! Nearby is Mowarry and this sandy beach is a great spot to enjoy fishing or swimming.
7. Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay Walking Track
Distance: 9km, one-way Time Suggested: 3-4 Hours Grade: Easy, Grade 3 Description: This gentle undulated walk is a section of the iconic Light to Light Walk. It passes through beautiful sections of coastal forest, heath and rock platforms, with birdwatching and whale watching (during migration season) opportunities.