The popular 2-3 day/30km Light to Light Walk in southern NSW is set to reopened on Nov 2 after it required extensive track repairs due to last summers extreme bushfires.
On New Year's Eve, a fire from the East Gippsland complex of fires crossed over the Victorian border into Nadgee Nature Reserve becoming known as the Border Fire. It entered the Ben Boyd National Park on a southerly wind change on 4 January and merged with the Poole Road fire on 5 January, creating a fire of over 150,000 hectares that burnt through large tracts of the park.
Much of Park's visitor infrastructure, including parts of the Light to Light Walk, were damaged by fire. However after a lot of hard work, man hours and resources the park will be ready for summer hikers.
The Light to Light walk hugs the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. It’s one of the best walks on the far south coast of NSW. The views are stunning and ever-changing – from heathland to forest, tea tree groves to banksia woodlands, and sheltered coves to towering red-rock platforms. Plus, with so many seafront vantage points, you can spot seals, seabirds and whales.
Boyd’s Tower is in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:
- Travel south from Eden on the Princes Highway for 18km
- Turn off at Edrom Road and follow it to the turn off near the end of the road
Green Cape Lightstation is also in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park. To get there:
- Travel south from Eden on The Princes Highway for 18km
- Turn off at Edrom Road and follow it for 6km
- Turn right onto unsealed Green Cape Road and follow it for 21km
Best times to visit
Autumn: Camp at Bittangabee Beach campground and see lyrebirds performing their characteristic dance and tail display.
Spring: Visit Green Cape Lighthouse or Boyds Tower to spot whales migrating south to their Antarctic feeding grounds - you might even see females with young calves.
Summer: Plan a camping trip to Saltwater Creek - to enjoy the lagoons and beautiful surf beach.
Winter: Take the Light to Light walk when it's nice and cool and the banksias are in bloom.
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If you prefer to do the walk guided click here.