Park Trek » Light to Light & Sapphire Coast 4-day Walking Tour
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 4 days
Location: Ex Merimbula
Price: from $1,750 including GST
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Light to Light trek with walkerExplore the Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park and parts of the Sapphire Coast, over four fantastic days of walking and sightseeing. Enjoy spectacular beach vistas, marvel at amazing rock formations and you might even spot a migrating humpback whale frolicking in the crystal-clear waters of the east coast.

The iconic Light to Light walk hugs the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and the Green Cape Lightstation and it is regarded as one of the best walks on the far south of NSW. Enjoy this spectacular walk with just a day pack carrying your lunch, water and personal belongings. All meals and transport are included, and you will enjoy the company of our friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guides.

2019 tour dates

  • Friday 19 to Monday 22 July 2019 – NEW DATES JUST RELEASED

 

Itinerary

This itinerary incorporates stunning views, rocky capes, banksia woodlands, tea tree groves, sheltered coves, a visit to historic Boyds Tower and accommodation at the gorgeous Green Cape Lightstation.

Day 1: Merrica River Nature Trail

8km walking, approx. 3.5 hours of walking, including breaks (easy to moderate grade)

Today we depart from Merimbula with pick up at 8.15am for an 8.30am departure. We head south to the Merrica River Trail stopping enroute at Eden.

The area around the river mouth is pristine and those who explore the area on this walking trail will be rewarded by an ever-changing landscape with waterfalls, rockpools, eucalypt forest and vast expansive views of beautiful Disaster Bay.

During the walk, watch for eastern water dragons sunning themselves near the creek and marvel at hermit crabs on the beach at low tide. Merrica River has a pair of resident sea eagles which can often be spotted patrolling for food.

We then head back to our accommodation to unpack and here we enjoy pre-dinner nibbles followed by a two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: Lunch and two-course dinner
Overnight accommodation at Green Cape Lightstation

About our accommodation

Perched on the edge of a peninsula, within Ben Boyd National Park is our historic accommodation at the Green Cape Lightstation. There are three beautifully restored cottages with fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Each offers a comfortable veranda ideal for whale watching.  Cottage 1 has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, cottage 2 has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Each cottage has warm open fireplaces perfect for winter evenings after our walks. The houses are comfortable and furnished ideally to suit the period of their build with modern extras including TV, DVD, dishwasher, washing machine, outdoors deck and barbecue.

Day 2: Boyds Tower and Boyds Tower to Saltwater Creek

13.5km, approx. 6 hours walking, including breaks– (easy to moderate grade)

This lovely walk undulates south past spectacular coastal forest, sandy beaches, rocky bays, sheltered inlets and ocean platforms.

Leather Jacket Bay offers a scenic stretch of red rocks, coloured by iron oxide which cemented the sand particles together many millions of years ago, while small and peaceful Mowarry provides a picturesque sandy beach. There are plenty of spots along the trail to rest and relax, or to enjoy a spot of birdwatching. Whales frequent the area from late May to early December so it’s a great time for whale watching while walking along the trail.

After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation for well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Overnight accommodation at Green Cape Lightstation
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee

9.5km, approx. 4-4.5 hours walking, including breaks – (easy grade)

After breakfast and lunch making we begin walk today where we finished on day 2 and head south along the stunning Light to Light trail.

The walk from Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay is a gently undulating section. It passes through lovely sections of coastal forest, heath and rock platforms.

There are also great opportunities for birdwatching and of course whale watching. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the endangered ground parrots or rare striated field wrens.

There is a myriad of other wildlife, if you are lucky, you might catch sight of echidna, kangaroo or goanna in the area.

After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation where guests can enjoyed a guided tour of the Lighthouse followed by well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight accommodation at Green Cape Lightstation

Day 4: Bittangabee to Green Cape & Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach

Walk one is 7km, approx. 2-3 hours and walk two is 1.5 hours – (easy grade)

After breakfast and lunch making, we pack our belongings into the Park Trek trailer and head off for our final day of walking. Today we have two shorter walks including the last section of the Light to Light Walk and a short scenic walk just north of Eden.

This last section of the Light to Light follows a route that has been travelled by lightkeepers over many years. Originally, supplies for the lighthouse were off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay and remnants of the old horse-drawn tram track still remain.

We travel north through Eden and stop off enroute to Merimbula for our last walk of the trip – the spectacular Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach walk. This pleasant walk follows the headland on the southern shore of the Pambula River estuary.

Offering spectacular views along the pristine coastline of the NSW far south coast, this walk captures the remote beauty of Ben Boyd National Park. On this walk pass through a range of landscapes from windswept heath to woodlands while taking in views of rugged rock formations and dramatic cliff lines.

From here we head back to Merimbula. We aim to be back in town by approximately 4.30-5pm so if flying out after the tour please do not book flights before 6.30pm.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Flights: You can book flights to Merimbula through REX airlines which operates from Melbourne and Sydney to Merimbula with flights one way costing between approximately $160-$180.

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