(0km) Ben Boyd car park information sign → Int. Boyds Tower and Lookout Trks
(0km) Ben Boyd Car park information sign → Red sands bay
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the track, keeping the the coast to the left. The track soon leads out of the heath and winds along the hillside, tending away from the coast (which disappears below the trees on the left). The walk then winds down into a gully with access to the rocks (below on your left). Rising up and out of the gully, the track winds across the hillside and then down into a rocky bay with an arrow marker. The walk continues across the red flat rock at the back of the bay, coming to the arrow marker pointing inland, in the middle of the bay.
Red sands bay
(2.44km) Red sands bay → Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Trks
(2.85km) Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Trks → Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket View Trks
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows track marker down the hill, towards the ocean. The track leads downhill to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker past a white post, keeping the ocean and the other service trail to the left of the track. The walk continues along the service trail for a short time to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker, leaving the fork in the trails behind and heading down the slight hill towards the ocean. The track continues down the hill to a signposted intersection.
(3.59km) Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket View Trks → Leatherjacket Bay
Leather Jacket Bay
(4.66km) Leatherjacket Bay → Mowarry Bay car park
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Mowarry Point’ up the hill. The track winds up the hill to continue across the ridge, with the track soon heading down the hill over large speed bumps. The walk comes to a small bridge over a creek bed, after which it leads up a hill, tending left to head across the flat to an unsignposted intersection on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, leaving a track behind on the left. This walk leads down into a saddle, to rise up again along a section of yellow dirt service trail. The track continues to undulate and wind for some time, with views of the ocean appearing on the left of the track under the trees. The track then leads down the hill, tending right for some time to the signposted cul-de-sac at Mowarry car park.
(7.33km) Mowarry Bay car park → Mowarry Creek Sth bank
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker down the stairs and upstream of the creek, to turn left across the rocky creek bed. The walk heads up the stairs, leading to a service trail.
(7.41km) Mowarry Creek Sth bank → Mowarry lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the ocean below on the left. The track winds up the hillside to a large signpost ‘Mowarry Point’. This walk follows the arrow to ‘Saltwater Creek 5.4km’ into an open grassland, following numerous track markers through the open grass area and patches of heath. The walk soon turns right, up the hill, keeping the ocean well below to the left of the track. The track then enters and winds through an area of heath. Many trees cover the tracks and trodden paths in this part of the walk. The track passes through these trees to a clearing with views towards Boyd Tower and waves crashing below.
Mowarry Point lookout
(9.16km) Mowarry Lookout → Red rocks
Veer right: From the signpost, the walk heads towards the next arrow sign within sight, keeping the ocean on the left. The walk crosses the pebbly beach to the arrow marker, where another can be seen further along the coast on the red rock shelf. The walk meanders across the rock shelf to the track marker, which points into the bush. The walk follows this arrow away from the coast and up the stairs into the heath, where the track winds for quite some time through the heath and then bush. The track then heads back through the bush, down onto a red rock platform above the sea. The walk continues down the rock platform following the arrow signs, with the sea on the left of the track, coming to be opposite a set of stairs (on the right of the track).
(11.74km) Red Rocks → Saltwater Creek Beach Nth
Saltwater Creek Beach
(13.22km) Saltwater Creek Beach Nth → Saltwater Creek Campsite Information Sign
Saltwater Creek campground
Maps for the Boyd Tower to Saltwater Creek walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Kiah||1:25 000 Map Series||88231S KIAH||NSW-88231S|
|Eden||1:25 000 Map Series||88231N EDEN||NSW-88231N|
|Green Cape||1:100 000 Map Series||8923 GREEN CAPE||8923|
|Eden||1:100 000 Map Series||8823 EDEN||8823|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
10km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3km is very steep. The remaining (740m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 4.8km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 4.6km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (1.3km) is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 13km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 11km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (180m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Boyd Tower walk, Ben Boyd National Park, is a magnificent heritage walk. The walk features many information signs that tell the story of the stunning structure and history of the tower. The Boyd Tower walk has two side trips to two lookouts with very different views. Boyd Tower is the centre piece of this walk and is well worth a visit. The bottom of the tower is open to the public and makes this piece of history that much more interesting when exploring.
Total climbing: 15m
570 m Return
This walk is a fantastic way to see some of Ben Boyd National Park’s heritage and views. The walk passes the iconic sandstone Boyd Tower and continues on to a great lookout over Twofold Bay. The side trip to Red Point lookout is well worth it to see the dramatic rock folds that are found along the coast of the national park.
Total climbing: 25m
736 m Return
This walk starts from Saltwater Creek camping area and heads north around the bay to the red cliffs. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the end of Saltwater Creek, the beach and the varied bushland on it’s journey to the bald rock platform. From the rock platform, there are awesome views and sounds of the sea smashing against the red cliffs below. It is worth spending some time exploring the rocks, being careful to stay clear of the edge.
Total climbing: 67m
3.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Starting near Boyd Tower, this walk follows the Light to Light walk to a bay with a fine red gravel beach. The walk passes scenic views of Boyd Tower, through the scrub, as it continues past awesome examples of geological rock folding in the cliffs of the bays. Red Sands bay itself is something quite different with its large grain red sand/gravel mixed with smooth round white pebbles and other rocks. The contrast in colours with the ocean and a blue sky is quite something.
Total climbing: 171m
4.9 km Return
This walk is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon out from Saltwater Creek camping area. The walk passes the red cliffs that create a dramatic contrast against the intense blue of the sea and green of the heath. The walk also passes through a bay with a large red rock platform which is a great place for exploring the rock pools and shallows. Mowarry Point provides scenic views north up the coast.
Total climbing: 193m
8.5 km Return
This walk starts from the Saltwater Creek camping area, passing through some varied vegetation groups on its way to Mowarry Point Lookout. The walk passes the great view from the red cliffs before heading into a red platform bay, with an opportunity to see the rock formations up close. This great walk has a variety of stunning scenic views.
Total climbing: 193m
8.5 km Return
The walk from Mowarry Point to Red Cliffs is an interesting trip through quite a few distinct vegetation types, with a few money shots of the coast line. The grass, heaths, and melaleuca along the way break up the walk to Red Cliffs, which are absolutely stunning. Spend time at the Red Cliffs to see all the different rock formations and inlets that have been created by erosion. Be mindful to keep a safe distance from the edge. The road to the start of this walk is 4wd track only.
Total climbing: 232m
8.8 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows the second main section of the Light to Light walk. The walk joins the two main camping areas of Ben Boyd National Park, by walking along the coast from Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay. The walk explores a few bays, beaches and stunning rock formations on its journey. About half this walk is through open heath or grass lands, allowing plenty of great views out to sea and down the coast. Parts of the walk pass through the taller melaleuca forests providing some shade and interest in the diverse flora of the coast environment.
Total climbing: 223m
9.1 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
Leather Jacket Bay is a rocky and wonderful bay. The walk through Ben Boyd National Park starts at Boyd Tower car park and passes through Red Sands bay with its stunning contrast of colour. The walk not only passes some beautiful coast line to Leather Jacket Bay but some superb examples of geological processes with rock folding and banding. There is a small clearing at Leather Jacket bay with some shade, making it a nice place for lunch before heading back.
Total climbing: 275m
9.3 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This return walk, from Saltwater Creek camping area, heads south along the coast and around the headlands to Hegartys Bay. The walk passes over a large expanse of low heath along the headland between the bays, providing great panoramic views of the coast. There is a small campsite at Hegartys Bay with some shade and a fascinating red rock platform on the waters edge.
Total climbing: 213m
9.8 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This longer day walk starts near Boyd Tower and heads to Mowarry Point, meandering down the coast of Ben Boyd National Park. On the way there are plenty of picturesque coastline views, with the stark red rock forming a great contrast. Views of Boyd Tower and of the coastal rocks are common along the walk as it passes through Red Sands and Leather Jacket bays. Approaching Mowarry Point is an open grass land giving a perspective of how far you have walked (and need to walk back) from Boyd tower car park. A great way of exploring the first stage of the famous Light to Light walk in a day.
Total climbing: 602m
18.3 km Return
Over two days, this classic walk explores the coast from Boyd Tower to the Green Cape Lighthouse in the south. Hegartys Bay Camp is over halfway and is the quietest campsite in the park (alternative camp at Saltwater creek). The walk explores many of the scenic and historic highlights of Ben Boyd National Park. It is worth taking the time to enjoy the many bays and vantage points along the way.
Total climbing: 794m
30.9 km One way
This classic walk explores the coast from Boyd Tower to the Green Cape Lighthouse in the south, with overnight stops at the well established Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay campsites (bookings required). The walk explores many of the scenic and historic highlights of Ben Boyd National Park. It is worth taking the time to enjoy the many bays and vantage points along the way. A great walk.
Total climbing: 794m
30.9 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This short walk takes you straight down to Long Beach, which is a popular fishing spot. The beach itself is a large expanse of sand with strong surf conditions. The walk provides direct access to this great beach and heads through a pass, down through a steep gully with red and white rock walls.
Total climbing: 49m
702 m Return
The Pinnacles are an amazing brightly coloured rock feature, and the centre piece of this walk. The reds and white of the rock contrasts with the green heath and blue sea creating a fantastic sight. The smaller lookout, one without a sign, is a better lookout than the larger area. However, both lookouts give a good view of the Pinnacles.
Total climbing: 43m
1.1 km Circuit
The walk to the old storehouse is an opportunity to explore some history of the region and see some fantastic rock platforms. The storehouse and wharf are perched just above the water, on the red rock of the bay. The view across the bay, with the contrast of the red rock, can be magical on sunny days. It is worth allowing time to explore the area, soaking up the natural and historical human efforts that make this area unique.
Total climbing: 32m
715 m Circuit
This walk from Bittangabee Bay is a magnificent way to view the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. The low heath for much of this walk allows great views out across the ocean and across the flora of the park. The walk finishes with a longish section of service trail leading down to Pulpit Rock, where the ocean relentlessly beats against the rock shelf. Allowing more time you could return to Bittangabee Bay by retracing your steps.
Total climbing: 140m
5.3 km One way
This is the final of the three formal sections of the classic Light to Light track. This walk starts at Bittangabee Bay, where walkers can explore the ruins and and the scenic beach. The walk follows the coast through a variety of environments, mostly in open heath, taking full advantage of the coastal views. The walk explores a variety of natural splendours and human stories of triumph and tragedy. The walk finishes at the lighthouse on Green Cape.
Total climbing: 191m
8.5 km One way
The walk from Bittangabee Bay to the southern point of the bay, is a walk to a nice lookout. The walk is well marked, however the informal lookout is not signposted. The lookout is a large gap in the bush along a section of the Light to Light track. The lookout gives a great view across to the black rocks on the north of the bay, and the large rock shelf below the lookout.
Total climbing: 36m
954 m Return
This walk takes a look at the historical ruins of the Imlay brothers house. The ruins reveal the outline of what would have been a great house, in a quiet and scenic bay. The walk returns by the coast with views through the trees of the turquoise waters. This is an interesting trip to help understand the work of local whalers and business men who lived in the region during the mid 1800’s.
Total climbing: 29m
1.1 km Circuit
This walk winds into the beautiful Bittangabee Bay, after passing the historic Imlay House ruins. Starting from Bittangabee picnic area, the walk heads to the creek feeding Bittangabee Bay on its north west corner. The tracknotes mention an alternate route, running closer to the coast, potentially making this into a loop walk.
Total climbing: 51m
1.8 km Return
This walk is a great way to explore the less visited areas of the popular Bittangabee Bay. The walk winds around the northern side of the bay to explore the cliff top views. The black cliffs are unfenced, and give great views over the entrance of Bittangabee Bay and out to sea. On the way there is an opportunity to explore the history associated with the ruins of Imlay house.
Total climbing: 169m
5.2 km Return
This is a pleasant walk which wanders around the coast from Bittangabee Bay to the rocky Hegartys Bay. The walk is an excellent outing from Bittangabee Bay camping and picnic areas, and it passes a few good places for a swim. The walk is well marked and explores the coast north of Bittangabee Bay. The red coast at Hegartys bay is fantastic. If you want, there is a bush camp at Hegartys Bay, making this into an overnight walk.
Total climbing: 248m
9.1 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
180 m Return
Severs Beach is a fantastic spot on the Pambula River with its crystal clear waters and sandy beach. The beach is backed by Aboriginal sites of significance, with many middens in the area. The beach also boasts two wood fired BBQ settings in a nice grassy area. A great spot for a picnic and to wet the toes.
Total climbing: 26m
1.4 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the South Coast weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.