Last week, I finished with a brief description of the Light-to-Light walk and while we have still to do the whole walk over 3 days, we have visited all the spots we can access by car, so I thought a photo essay with a few brief notes about each spot would give you an idea of this magical spot! The photo below is of the National Park board of the northern and middle section of the park:Northern End : Pambula River and Bar Beach
Pambula River mouth, extending up the river;
National Parks and Wildlife lookout;
Walking trail up the side of the river and an amazing swing !;
Interesting rock formations and lots of quartz veining;
Popular with daytrippers, holiday makers, artists and fishermen.
Always lorikeets in the trees beside the picnic area.
Bird hide and walks at Panboola Wetland Conservation Area, Pambula.
Middle Section :
500m walk through old farming property to a beach and massive 4000 year old aboriginal middens near the mouth of Pambula Lake, 1km inland up the Pambula River;
Shifting sandbars, so the river landscape is constantly changing.Barmouth Beach
Can be accessed by road through tall open coastal forest or a track from Haycock Point.
Sheltered north- facing beach, overlooking Pambula River mouth and beach.
George Bass, who was in an open whale boat with 6 crew members, sheltered from a gale here in 1797. He named the river ‘Barmouth Creek’, after the large sandbars at the mouth of the river, but it is now known as ‘Pambula River’.
Beach is protected by a tall headland on the ocean side.
Haycock Point and Haycock Beach (North Long Beach)
Ten minute walk through old farmland with regenerating coastal wattle and the odd feral lily to Haystack Rock and purple red rock platforms and rock pools.
Ocean beach is 3 km long and can also be accessed via the North Long Beach road (Red Bloodwoods and Banksia forest).
Long Beach and Quandolo Point
Wide isolated 1km long beach with colourful rock ledges.
Also known as the Quoraburagun Pinnacles.
Eroded gully at northern end of Pinnacles Beach with colourful rock layers of sand, clay and sediment.
White pipe clay used by local aborigines for white ochre, an important trade commodity.
Feral pine trees.
Pinnacles Beach is 3km long and leads into Terrace Beach at the southern end.
Thick coastal scrub and steep colourful cliffs.
One of our favourite spots. We spent New Years Day 2016 here and there were only four other people.
It is fun exploring the rocks at the end, and if you walk the other way, you will reach the Pinnacles.
The Terraces, Lennards Island and North Point are all accessed by the road to the Eden Tip, off the main highway.
Can be accessed at low tide, but becomes an island at high tide.
We saw an a echidna on the beach and a pair of peregrine falcons last time we were here.
North Head (Warong Point)
My daughter loves this place for its wonderful geology and myriad of small shells.
North Point looks across to Aslings Beach and the town of Eden, which separate the middle and lower sections of Ben Boyd National Park, so, even though they are not National Park, I have added a few photos in.
Aslings Beach (2km long)
Stretching round Calle Calle Bay and enclosing Curalo Lagoon and the main surf beach for Eden. Large sea pool at southern end. One day, we saw a dolphin pod catching the waves in.
Not in National Park, but worth a visit en route; Just south of Eden and Rixon’s Beach.
Lots of pelicans, seagulls, rays and even a friendly seal;
Boat launching ramp and fish cleaning tables.
Boydtown Beach– 2km long- adjacent to site of Boydtown and historic Seahorse Inn.
Here is a National Parks map of the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park, encompassing the Light-to-Light Walk from Boyds Tower to Green Cape Light Station:Whale Beach and Davidson Whaling Station
Long isolated 2 km long beach protecting mouth of Towamba River and Kiah Inlet.
Once the site for onshore whaling operations at historic Davidson Whaling Station on Brierley Point.
This is a photo of an information board at the Killer Whale Museum.
Boyd’s Tower and Red Point
See post last week on Ben Boyd National Park for its history.Leatherjacket Bay
Isolated rock and pebble beach;
Granite boulders covered in bright orange lichen.
500 m long beach bordered by 2 creeks and small lagoons
A lovely spot with an estuarine lagoons with reeds and rushes, melaleuca thickets, forest (rough barked apple and old-growth tall trees, full of hollows) and coastal foredunes, providing a variety of habitats for native flora and fauna and a veritable feast for the local aborigines, as evidenced by their middens.
Shrubby heath provides a habitat for the Ground Parrot, Pezoporus wallicus. We have yet to visit this bay, as it can only be accessed on the walk.
Old ruins of the Imlay’s ‘Bittangabee House’. The Imlays based their whaling operations here. Boats launched from Bittangabee Bay and Mowarra Point could attack northward migrating whales before the crews at Twofold Bay, giving the Imlays a commercial advantage. However, with their financial demise, the Imlays had to cancel the work on the house, and in 1848, Boyd took over the site on their departure.
Shed used to store supplies for Green Cape Light Station from 1880-1927. There was a horse-drawn tramway to the light station, 7km away.
The rocks provide homes for with limpets, chitons, snails, crabs and seaweeds. Sand Hoppers and Weedy Sea Dragons, Phyllopteryx taenolatus, live in the kelp beds.
Small white sand beach, backed by thick eucalypt forest.
Healthy Superb Lyrebird population.
Land-based game fishing, as it is very close to the continental shelf.
Deep water immediately offshore and sheltered sites in most wind conditions, making this a popular site for snorkelling and scuba diving.
From the road to Green Cape, there is a spectacular view over Disaster Bay, so named because Matthew Flinders lost 8 sailors, when they went ashore for water and were killed by aborigines in 1802. Nine ships were also lost in the area between 1862 and 1917.
Disaster Bay is a cove between Bay Cliff and Green Cape. Bay Cliff is a 350 Million year old rock formed by waves and it was an island 10,000 years ago. Since then, ocean currents have deposited sand to form parallel dunes and beaches.
Wonboyn River flows into Disaster Bay, just north of Bay Cliff.
Both are accessed by a road from the highway, further south of Ben Boyd National Park, and it is well worth spending a whole day there. It is one of the most stunningly scenic spots I have ever seen and warrants its own post later on in the year!