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Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 5:51 am

Hi all, has anyone done this 2 day hike?, it sounds great!, what was your experience ?
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby zac150 » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 6:19 pm

It's a great walk, very easy terrain and I really enjoyed the changing scenery.

I've hiked both ways and kept things fun taking time to swim etc.

There is a fantastic camp site near mowarry point, a very faint track leads off to a beach campground which is very spectacular.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 6:00 am

Thanks Zac! , I like the sound of the easy terrain bit:), when u say both ways, is that return in one hike?, did u do it on yr own?, thanks for that campsite tip!
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby zac150 » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 10:48 am

Sorry by both ways i mean I have done the walk a couple of times and started from different ends. When you asked if I hiked by myself are you asking if we used a company or? hiking group? If so the answer is no, we hiked by ourselves or with friends. We had the capacity to leave a car at each end which made the pick up / drop off a little easier, pretty standard issues for a point to point hike.

I guess which end you start at depends on where you are coming from and where you have to drive to at the start / finish. there are five places to camp along the way but two of those (Salt Water & Bittangabie) are camping sites which made them less appealing for us, we choose the bush sites of Hegartys bay, Mowarry and Leather Jacket.

The first time I hiked it, we started late in the day and hiked the 5km to leather jacket bay, which was a nice spot and had good water, we then had a longer middle day walking to Hegarty's which is a bush camp, nice spot but the camp sites are not very flat; on the last day we walked out to greencape and had lunch there. I think Leather Jacket to Hegarty's is around 16km so the last day would be 10.

If you start at Greecape and walk to Hegarty's it is 10km on day one of very easy walking, day 2 to say Mowarry point is 13km and you have 8km on the last day, this evens out the days a little and gives you plenty of time to explore the camp sites but less time to drive home.

I know of people who have walked both ways, it depends on your fitness and how far you can travel in a day, also know of people who have camped at Saltware in the middle and walked each track as a day walk.

Hope this helps
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 10:24 am

Thanks for info mate, plan to go in the first month of Spring, what's the water situation like?, do we need to bring enough water for the whole hike?
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby zac150 » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 7:19 pm

I'd call the local NPWS to get info on water but from memory and especially in spring I wouldn't think water was necessary.

I think there was a great source at leather jacket and a couple of creeks at mowarry point, saltwater has a tank and there is good water sources at hegarties and bittangabie.

That said if you can carry enough water for 3 days you aren't drinking enough on a hike! Not meaning to be smart but I'd go through at least 7l a day, 3 in the bladder and the extras round camp in coffee tea electrolyte and basic cooking.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Sat 04 Jun, 2016 7:12 am

Ok, l see, u don't won't to carry 21L's of water for the start of yr trip:), one more question, I'm not a navagational expert, can u rely on the guided arrows, I will bring track notes with me.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby zac150 » Sat 04 Jun, 2016 8:43 pm

21l of water no, several litres of red wine, yes.....

The track is reasonably easy to follow infact I'd say it's a great beginner hike. Track notes and a map and you should be fine. The only times the track may be hard to follow is on mowarry point but there are markers and really only one exit so if you keep moving in a north/ south direction you will be fine.

The camp sit at mowarry can be hard to find but it is a beach on the north of the point, if you get the maps with the picture on the back you will see the site on the map.

I should add the water may be foamy from the tea tree oils, this is fine just shift the foam. I would take some form of purifier
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Mon 06 Jun, 2016 6:18 am

Ok, thanks again,looking forward to it, not looking toward to the 6hr drive to get there, but it does sound like it's worth the effort, cheers!!
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby Rob Gosford » Tue 07 Jun, 2016 7:10 am

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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Sun 12 Jun, 2016 7:15 am

Thanks Rob:)
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby bigkev » Mon 13 Jun, 2016 6:04 pm

Hi roopass. I did this walk with my wife a few years ago and wrote up a journal that has a lot of photos in it if you want a bit of an idea of the lay of the land https://hiking.topicwise.com/doc/?o=tS& ... 11949&v=2J

We used a taxi from Eden to get us from end to end and from memory it cost us about $180. We camped at Hegarty's and in December the creek there had a reasonable flow of water, with some recent rain the creek should be fairly reliable.

The walk is very well marked and easy to follow. it's also very flat with only some short climbs and descents so the distance passes easily.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 6:09 pm

Thanks bigkev, I'll check yr journal out, going soon, can't wait!!
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Thu 21 Jul, 2016 9:40 am

Hey Bigkev, great journal, awesome pics, really well written, it's got me salivating even more now, to get this hike on the way, going at the end of August, hope is not too cold, being still winter, albeit at the end of it
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby roopass » Fri 06 Oct, 2017 1:09 pm

Finally did this hike, magical and not that hard either!
and to top it off, saw whales at the lighthouse!!
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby crollsurf » Sun 21 Mar, 2021 1:37 pm

What everyone else has already said. It is a great walk and surpassed my expectations. I'd say if possible walk South to North. South to Saltwater is excellent but Saltwater to the Tower is even better! Walking with a bit of swell running and an onshore breeze, creating a disturbed Ocean, made for pleasant walking conditions and complemented the rugged coastline perfectly.

Old mate was a bit disheartened by all the blackened dead trees but I was stunned by how quickly the country has bounced back after the devastating fires a year ago. There is still some unburnt heath and the heath that was burnt, is now covered in native grasses. Under the grasses you can see the heath plants taking root and under almost every dead shrub/tree are seedlings. Some of the forested areas are covered with impenetrable saplings. Other forested areas not so much but flowering plants like Bells, Native Violet, Goodenia and others have taken over in the meantime.

Bird life is varied and abundant, many I guess enjoying the seed from the grasses. Wren, Black Cockatoo, Eagle (Wedge tails, didn't see any Sea Eagles) and the most tame Lyre Birds I've ever come across. Also Wombats, Kangaroos and Wallabies, Skinks. I guess some animals are still missing or in short supply but I'm sure they will return given time.

So don't let the recent fires put you off walking this track, The cycle of renewal still makes for a rewarding and beautiful walk.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby Ms_Mudd » Tue 23 Mar, 2021 8:05 pm

Nice one Crollsurf, good info, thank you.

Do you reckon its doable in a day? Roadtripping back from SA the extremely scenic way in a few weeks , vague idea that husband and kids could drop me early then meet me for the night at the Telegraph Station bunkhouse that NPWS rents out at the other end
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby crollsurf » Wed 24 Mar, 2021 7:08 am

Ms_Mudd wrote:Do you reckon its doable in a day? Roadtripping back from SA the extremely scenic way in a few weeks , vague idea that husband and kids could drop me early then meet me for the night at the Telegraph Station bunkhouse that NPWS rents out at the other end


It's 30klms of about the easiest walking you're going to find, so very doable. I'd allow 10 hours to admire the views and have a couple of decent breaks but you could do it in as little as 6-7 hours if fit and used to longer walks.
The Bunkhouse at Green Cape would be an awesome place to stay.
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Re: Light to light walk Ben Boyd NP

Postby Ms_Mudd » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 1:39 pm

Brilliant.
I thought it would be well maintained . I can sneak it in a family nicely that way rather than making a special trip
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