Monday 22 – Thursday 25 October 2018
Participants Mary, Rob, Philip, Karen, Lyn, Ian, Donna, Bronwyn and leader Barry starting out to walk from Ben Boyd Tower to Saltwater creek camp site.
Photos by Karen and Mary
9 Batemans Bay Bushwalkers enjoyed walking the 32 km Light to Light Track in Ben Boyd National Park over 2 days.
We set up camp at Saltwater Creek and spent the first evening fending off hungry kangaroos, possums and goannas. Despite our best efforts they got a block of chocolate, several muffins and some onions.
Day 1 started at Boyd Tower on the southern most tip of Twofold Bay, near Eden. From the lookout there we first saw the palette of colours peculiar to this coast – the deep blue sea edged with foaming white surf, and red, pink and mauve rocks fringed by deep green vegetation.
Approaching Ben Boyd Tower.
Looking back at Ben Boyd Tower in the distance.
The track undulates south over headlands covered in tea tree forest, and through rocky bays and sandy beaches. We stopped many times to watch the passing parade of whales migrating south.
Rob, Ian, Barry and Bronwyn.
The palette of colours.
Donna on headland rocks.
Karen and Lyn whale watching.
The group watching the whales.
Ian and Rob admire the colour and formation of the rocks.
The weather was a little humid, and we were pleased to complete our 14 km walk at Saltwater Creek Beach mid afternoon, so there was plenty of time for a dip in the creek, or a shower back at camp.
Rob and Philip on Leatherjacket Beach.
Echidna foot prints in the sand.
Looking down at Mowarry Beach.
Morning tea at Leatherjacket Bay.
Day 2 dawned much cooler, and perfect for our 18 km walk south to Greencape Lighthouse. Today the walk was a little flatter and passed through a variety of scenery. As well as the dramatic and rugged red siltstone coastal geology, we walked through low scrubby heath festooned with Spring wildflowers, and tall eucalypt forests.
The group and reflections.
Leaving the frogs to enjoy their pools in peace.
Ian finds a frog amongst the pool rocks.
Karen and Ian on a shady part of the track.
Donna, Karen and Bronwyn on the track.
Yet another small creek to cross.
We spotted frogs at the creek crossings, and enjoyed a break at the serene safe harbour of Bittangabee Bay. And did I mention the whales??
Lunch on the rocks.
Destination in sight.
Green Cape Lighthouse.
The lookout at Green Cape Lighthouse,
In addition to the scenery and abundant wildlife, the walk passes a number of European historic sites – Boyd Tower, Bittangabee storehouse and tramway, the Ly-ee-Moon shipwreck graveyard, and Green Cape Lighthouse.
Heathland to the sea.
Camp fire and stories.
Back around the campfire that evening, we thanked Barry for organising the camp and leading the walk – a most enjoyable excursion.