Ben Boyd National Park
From Pambula Beach in the north to historic Green Cape lighthouse in the south, Ben Boyd National Park features rugged coastlines, vivid rock formations, unspoilt beaches, extensive areas of coastal heath and intriguing history.
The park is divided into two sections, with the township of Eden at it’s centre. It was named after 19th century entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd who had an important role in the early development of the region.
The northern section is bordered by Pambula River and Twofold Bay’s North Head. South of Eden, the park begins on the southern side of Twofold Bay, where historical Boyd’s Tower stands tall, then continues to Green Cape Light Station some 30 kilometres to the south.
Staying over & Camping
Camping is available in the southern part of the park, at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay campgrounds. Both can be stops on the Light to Light track and can also be accessed by road. Bookings are required during summer and Easter school holidays.
The Light to Light walktrack runs from Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lighthouse. It is the park’s most popular walk. Camping is available at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay in the southern section of Ben Boyd. Backpack camping is available at Hegartys Bay.
Striking coastal scenery, remnants of early European settlement and opportunities to watch whales in spring are a feature of Ben Boyd National Park. Whether bushwalking, kayaking or boating, the park’s landscape is unique.
The best way to explore all these facets is to take the Killer Whale Trail. Uncover the dramatic history of shore based whaling from 1828-1930 and learn about the unique relationship between people and the wild killer whales (orcas). The self-drive trail takes you to five sites of important heritage and stunning natural beauty. both in Eden and in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park.
Walking trails in the northern section include Pambula River Walking Track and the Pinnacles Walking Loop and there are sandy several river side and coastal beaches long beaches to explore such as Severs, Long Beach and Quondola. Walks in the south include the 30 kilometre Light to Light, which can be done in a day or spaced out over three stages.
Picnic facilities are provided at Haycock Point in the north of the park and Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee in the south.
Striking features in the northern section include coastal lookout and earth history hot spot The Pinnacles, where you can also see Lennards Island and Haycock Point. Other elevated sites are Disaster Bay Look Out (on the way to Green Cape) and Boyds Tower.
Location and Access
Access to the northern section of the park is via Pambula Beach, and Haycock Road which leaves the Princes Highway 8km north of Eden. Access to the southern section is via Edrom Road which leads off from the Princes Highway 18km south of Eden.
The CMA 1:25 000 maps which cover the park are (from north to south):
Pambula 8824-II-S | Eden 8823-I-N | Kiah 8823-I-S
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