Wilderness Walks, step out on an ancient coastline

Uncrowded paths lead to deserted beaches and snow-free peaks on the Sapphire Coast’s Wilderness Walks.

The jewel in the crown is the iconic Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park. It’s a 30 kilometre coastal stroll between Boyd Tower and Green Cape Light Station, best enjoyed over 3 days.

If you are after something shorter, or steeper, there is a range of short and multi-day walks across the region.

Here’s our top 7 walks:

Light to Light Walk (30km)

The coast from Boyd’s Tower to Green Cape Light Station via Saltwater Beach and Bitangabee Bay Camp grounds. If you want to let someone else set up camp visit Light to Light Camps while Light2Light Coastal Walks can also guide you.

Horse Head Rock (1.5km)

Horsehead Rock is among the oldest rocks in NSW, but was barely known beyond the Sapphire Coast until recently. This walk takes you from Camel Rock to Murunna Point, along a spectacular coastline.

Haycock to Barmouth Beach (5km)

In the space of an hour and a half, you can stroll along the entire southern headland of Merimbula Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. Begin at Haycock Beach and the soaring cliffs of Haycock Point and rest next to the aquamarine waters of Pambula River Mouth.

Mount Imlay Summit Walking Track (6km)

Hike a challenging trail that rises 600 metres in 3 kilometres. It’s worth it, from the summit on a clear day you can see Mallacoota’s waterways in the south, Narooma in the north, and across the southern tablelands in the west. The Imlay Mallee (Eucalyptus imlayensis) grows nowhere else in the world and can only be found close to the summit.

Goodenia Rainforest Walk (1.2km return)

Hidden in a patch of rainforest to the west of Pambula, Goodenia’s loop trail takes you under the canopy and into a world that is unique to our region. It’s steep, and classed as a grade 4 walk.

Pinnacles Loop Walk (1km loop)

Formed 65 million years ago, the Pinnacles red and white cliff is a Sapphire Coast icon. It towers above Long Beach in Ben Boyd National Park, making this a great short walk for a summer’s day, or a a whale watching vantage point in spring.

Kangarutha Walk (9km one way)

A medium grade walk which hugs the splendid coastline of Bournda National Park between Turingal Head and Tathra.

 

Some considerations when planning your walk and walking with children.

Whale Watching Walks

Spot passing whales as you journey on foot through unspoilt wilderness. Hike for an hour close to town or spend days on a coastal walk in our national parks.

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Trail Map

To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.

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