We are back from the NSW South Coast Light to Light Walk, which we did over four days, three nights from October 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Then, to flesh out the school holidays we put our feet up at a local south coast oyster farm for a few days.
This bushwalk through Ben Boyd National Park is designed to be a point-to-point walk, where you walk from Boyd's tower to the Green Cape Lighthouse, a 30 kilometre trip. Here's a blurb from a website describing south coast walks .
LIGHT TO LIGHT (Ben Boyd National Park) ￼
30kms ONE WAY Time: 2-4 DAYS Grade: MEDIUM
Boyd's Tower & Green Cape Lightstation off Edrom Road
A walk for the more adventurous, the Light to Light Walking Track runs from Boyd's Tower to Green Cape Lightstation passing through spectacular coastal scenery. It is dotted with vestiges of European efforts to tame this isolated coast and harvest the wild seas. The entire walk takes 3-4 days, or you may choose sections from numerous points along the way. Whales tend to come in close here to stop & feed their young while they gather energy before they do the dash south during their annual migration in spring and Green Cape is one of the best vantage points.
A park-use fee is applicable.
We had toyed with the idea of arranging someone to do a car shuffle with us but didn't manage to get that organised. So, instead we did a loop walk. We had intended to do a four night, five day walk and as part of that we wanted to make it to Bittangabee Bay on day 2. From there we would have a rest day and then walk to Green Cape and back to Bittangabee with just day packs. We didn't quite make that. Instead we cut a night and day's walking out. We experienced a fair bit of rain, the wind was reasonably chilly, we were cold overnight and we had a few insect skirmishes (ticks) so, given all that, we cut back on a day and instead had a walk very similar in length and achievement to last year's Wilson's Promontory 2010 walk.
Our overall impressions of the walk were very positive. It is quite a varied walk, with beaches, cliffs, rock platforms, lagoons, open heath, and tea tree, and meadows of wildflowers courtesy of a few wet seasons. We also sighted lots of whales, some kangaroos, wallabies, a sea eagle, a few black cockatoos, a nesting rufous flycatcher, a few lace monitors, an echicna, a bandicoot and a possum. As well as lots of bugs and ticks, which were painful and creepy. Ok that last bit wasn't positive at all. If you just discount that last little bit, I can say with conviction that we loved this walk and we would actually like to do it again to finish it off.
Here's the structure of the walk:
Day 1 : Boyd's tower to Saltwater Creek - Start 1:20pm arrived at campsite at 6:20pm (elapsed 5 hrs) - 13k
Day 2 : Saltwater Creek to Hegarty's Bay - start 10:50am arrived at campsite at 1:30pm (elapsed 2hrs 40mins) - 4k
Day 3 : Hegarty's Bay to Mowarry Point - start 11:50am arrived at campsite at 5:15pm (elapsed 5hrs 25mins) - 9.5k
Day 4 : Mowarry Point to Boyd's tower - start 11:10 am arrived at car at 2:45pm (elapsed 3hrs 35mins) - 6.5k