Updated: Jan 2024
Published: Apr 2019

Light-to-Light, Ben Boyd NP

Note: indicated routes are approximate. Use official topographic maps for navigation.

The Light-to-Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park just south of Eden NSW is an easy three day walk south along the coast to Green Cape. I did it as a six day return walk, which gave me an excuse to stay in the bunkhouse at Green Cape, avoided having to organise transport back from Green Cape, and amortised all the costs and organisational overheads over six days instead of three.

I did this walk in 2019, and the route and camping options have changed since then. See the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service page for the latest updates.

The entire walk from north to south could be done as a two day walk, but what's the rush? By taking three days you avoid having to camp at the drive-in paid campsites and have more time for swimming, taking photos, birdwatching or whatever.

I did it in April and the ocean temperature was easily warm enough for swimming, although that will probably vary from year to year. There's a great little beach at Mowarry Point.

While you can camp at the paid campgrounds at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee, they are reasonably expensive for what they provide for bushwalkers, can be busy and are aimed at car campers. You're better off camping at the walk-in campsites at Mowarry Point and Hegartys Bay. There are small creeks at both of those free campsites but they may dry up in summer or after long dry periods. Check with the Merimbula National Parks and Wildlife Service office on current conditions just before you start the walk. Walk with enough water to get you to the next paid campground just in case the creeks are dry and you have to continue on.

Looking back to Boyd Tower from Mowarry Point

At Mowarry Point you can camp on the the grassy headlands on either side of the beach. The water supply here is the small creek that you cross before climbing up to the headland above the northern end of the beach.

At Hegartys Bay there are sites on either side of the creek. The northern ones are more sheltered but not particularly level. There are a couple of sites just south of the creek that are probably more level but  a bit more exposed.

In dry times you'll either have to camp at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee, which have water tanks, or walk with enough water for an overnight stay at Mowarry Point or Hegartys Bay  and a few hours the following morning before replenishing at the next paid campground. Check with the  Merimbula NPWS that there's water at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee, The paid campgrounds have toilets and gas barbeques. There are no facilities of any kind at Mowarry Point and Hegartys Bay

Note that there's no camping at Green Cape. You'll have to book accommodation in the bunkhouse or the cottages. Sites at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee have to be booked in advance too.

The walk is mostly on the Kiah 8823-1S 1:25000 topo map, with a few kilometres of the northern section on Eden 8823-1N.

Light-to-Light Transfers provided my transport between Eden and Boyd Tower, but they don't seem to be in business anymore (January 2024).

The official NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Light to Light walk page is here

The start of the walk at Boyd Tower
Clifftop view
Not far from the start of the walk. A distinctive feature of this walk is the red rock exposed along the cliffs and in the bays.
Tea-tree grove
The vegetation varies from forest, open heathland and groves of Banksia and tea-tree (Leptospurmum)
Tea-tree canopy
looking up into the canopy at Red Sands Bay
Rocks at Red sands Bay
I don't think it has an official name, but this is the bay just north of Leatherjacket Bay.
Some of the walk follows 4WD tracks, but the signage is pretty good.
Mowarry Point
From the northern headland above the beach at Mowarry Point
Banksias at Mowarry Point
Saltwater Creek
Banksia regrowth
A Banksia regrowing from a stump along the track
Green Cape from the Lighthouse
Looking inland from the Green Cape Lighthouse. You can stay in the bunkhouse (the little white building farthest from the lighthouse) or, if you're in a larger group, the cottages in the middle.
Lighthouse optics
Those Fresnel lenses and prisms concentrate all the steampunk and broadcast it out to sea.
Spiral stairs
The bunkhouse
Very cosy, especially in this weather.
Green Cape Lighthouse
As seen from the bunkhouse
And from close up
Inside the bunkhouse
All mod cons. Sleeps four: two in this room, and two in a separate bedroom on bunks that fold down from the walls.
And back again…
Starting the return leg
Fallen Banksia leaves
Into the woods
Entering a Banksia grove
Casuarina in flower
Dried flower arrangement
Banksia flowers from years gone by
Looking back to Green Cape
Purple flower
Forest stream
Rocky clifftop
Ocean shore with boulders sitting on a rock shelf and a forested headland in the distance
Hegartys Bay campsite
Nice and grassy but on a bit of a slope. The area near the sign is probably the most level.
Mowarry Point again
Camping above the northern end of the beach at Mowarry Point.
Back to Boyd
The end of the walk, and a chance to check out Boyd Tower, an abandoned lookout tower from the days of whaling in Twofold Bay.