Bittangabee Bay Beach
(0km) Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area → Bittangabee Storehouse Ruins
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign for ‘Walking Track’ (not the same direction as the ‘Beach’ arrow) down the hill. The track leads down the hill a short way to an arrow track marker.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk does not follow the arrow marker but heads straight down the hill towards the water. The walk steps down to the water’s edge where there is a roofless building on the right. The walk follows around the building on the water side, to an information sign.
Bittangabee Storehouse ruins
(0.32km) Bittangabee Storehouse Ruins → Bittangabee Sth Headland Lookout
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Walking Track’ sign and arrow posts up the hill. The track winds through the heath and melaleuca for a short time, passing near the campsite (on the right) while following the arrow markers. The track leads closer to the sea on the left, to a clearing overlooking a rock shelf below at the sea and the mouth of Bittangabee Bay.
Southern Bittangabee Point lookout
(0.54km) Bittangabee Sth Headland Lookout → Int. Light to Light Walk and Pulpit Rock Rd Access
1 hr 10 mins
Continue straight: From the top of the stairs, this walk leads upstream of the creek, which is below on the right. The track follows this creek for some time, tending left away from it into the bush at times. The track winds slightly uphill for a while, then winds downhill to cross the rocky surface of another creek. The track heads up the hill and over the ridge before heading down to another creek bed. The track then leads up the hill to the cul-de-sac of a service trail.
(4.36km) Int. Light to Light Walk and Pulpit Rock Rd Access → Int. Light to Light Trk and Pulpit Rock Rd
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker along the hillside, keeping the ocean on the left of the track. The track passes a few overgrown service trails on either side, as it continues on to the signposted intersection with the main service trail.
(4.62km) Int. Light to Light Trk and Pulpit Rock Rd → Pulpit Rock
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs just near the lookout. The stairs lead onto the rock shelf, with stunning views to the north (left) and of waves crashing onto the rocks below. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(4.62km) Int. Light to Light Trk and Pulpit Rock Rd → Ly-ee-moon Graveyard
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads through the heath following the arrow marker, and keeping the ocean on the left of the track. The track leads through the heath and Banksias for a short time, coming to a slightly overgrown service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk keeps the ocean on the left of the track as it winds through the heath and the Banksias. The track soon becomes surrounded by melaleuca trees, which have many fallen branches. The track continues to a signposted intersection for ‘Ly-ee-moon Cemetery’.
(7.39km) Ly-ee-moon Graveyard → Green Cape Lighthouse Car park
(7.63km) Green Cape Lighthouse Car Park → Green Cape Lighthouse Telegraph Station
Green Cape Telegraph Station
Cape Lighthouse Keepers’ cottages
(7.73km) Green Cape Lighthouse Telegraph Station → Green Cape Lighthouse entry gate
Green Cape Lighthouse
(7.9km) Green Cape Lighthouse entry gate → Green Cape Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down the ridge, away from the lighthouse, passing a weather station to the right of the track. The walk then continues down the hill, passing an information sign before coming to the partially-fenced lookout over Green Cape.
Green Cape Lookout
(8.04km) Green Cape Lookout → Green Cape Lighthouse Car Park
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill towards the lighthouse. The track heads past a helicopter landing pad (on the left of the track) and past a metal tower on the right. The walk continues to follow the wire fence on the right, until the ‘No Entry’ sign on the gate of the lighthouse.
Continue straight: From the gate, the walk heads up the hill towards the large solar panels. This walk keeps the houses and fence on the right of the track as it leads near the corner in the fence, where a signpost opposite states that a small white cottage structure is the ‘Telegraph Station’.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads in the opposite direction to the lighthouse, following the fence around the corner and then down the track through the heath. The walk continues down the grassy hill to the car park.
Maps for the Bittangabee Bay to Green Cape Lighthouse 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.
|Narrabarba||1:25 000 Map Series||88232N NARRABARBA||NSW-88232N|
|Kiah||1:25 000 Map Series||88231S KIAH||NSW-88231S|
|Green Cape||1:100 000 Map Series||8923 GREEN CAPE||8923|
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||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
4.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.9km has short steep hills. Whilst another 140m is flat with no steps and the remaining 80m is very steep.
Quality of track
Around 7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.3km is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This is a fantastic short walk, with views of the waves crashing into the spectacular red rock of the coast. The short walk down to Pulpit Rock goes straight down stairs onto the rock platform. The rock platform is popular with fishermen with fixed rod holders near the seas edge.
Total climbing: 15m
110 m Return
This short walk explores the somber and interesting heritage site of the Ly-ee-moon Graveyard. The graveyard covers quite a large area and is well signposted with information signs. The short walk is well worth the time, especially if you are in the area visiting the lighthouse. The sandy track passes through the dense bushland before opening up to the many unnamed graves.
Total climbing: 8m
490 m Return
This walk is a short and easy stroll to the magnificent Green Cape Lighthouse. The walk heads along the fence line, passing the lighthouse’s many heritage buildings, before coming to the gate of the lighthouse. Guided Lighthouse tours operate Thursday to Monday at 1pm and 3pm. The lighthouse is a fantastic building representing some of the nautical history of the area.
Total climbing: 5m
544 m Return
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
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
The walk to Pulpit Rock is a great way to see an amazing section of coastline. Traveling from Green Cape car park, near the lighthouse, the walk passes through large sections of heath and melaleuca to reach Pulpit Rock car park. Pulpit rock is quite a large formation with an excellent lookout, providing great views north up the coast.
Total climbing: 89m
3.8 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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 is the first of the three main sections that form the Light to Light walk. You can start the walk with an optional sidetrip to the historic and interesting Boyd Tower. From here, the walk starts its southward journey to Saltwater Creek. The walk explores a number of picturesque bays with bright red rocks and imposing sea cliffs. Leather Jacket Bay, about halfway along, makes a nice place to relax, with beaches, bays and headlands to explore. The last half of this walk includes a few open grassland sections, providing some panoramic views.
Total climbing: 382m
13.4 km One way
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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* KML (google earth file)
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Special Maps/ brochures
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* PDF with Lands Topo map base
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