Your Guide to Ben Boyd National Park
Make the most of Ben Boyd National Park and explore geological features and ancient Aboriginal sites dating back 3,000 years, alongside unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife. There are many excellent walking tracks scattered around the park. Visitor numbers are relatively low, even on a good sunny day, which makes it one of Australia’s hidden gems!
Named after a Scottish entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd, the park was first established in 1973 and has an area of over 10,000 hectares which is divided by two sections – with the township of Eden and our holiday park at its centre.
You can access the northern section of the park via Pambula Beach and Haycock Road, 8km north of Eden, and the southern section is at the end of Edrom Road via Princess Highway. Do note that there is a park entrance fee for the southern section at $8 per vehicle per day – and remember to bring the exact change too!
The Traditional Owners and Custodians of Ben Boyd National Park are the Yuin people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. They have a very special history with the killer whales, and you can learn more on guided walks throughout the park.
With a jaw-dropping backdrop, The Pinnacles is one of the most prominent features which also makes it the most popular area of Ben Boyd National Park. Located in the northern section, it can be accessed via Long Beach or observed from the opposing cliff. The soft white sand cliffs are capped with red gravel clay which has eroded over the years and date back to 65 million years ago!
TIP: The water here is a popular spot for salmon fishing during winter, and flatheads in the warmer months.
Green Cape Lighthouse
Built in 1883, you can find the impressive Green Cape Lighthouse at the most southern tip of the park. It is the tallest and most southerly lighthouse in New South Wales. You can learn about the shipwrecks that have occurred here, with one of the more famous sites – the Ly-ee-moon en-route from Melbourne to Sydney in 1886, there is a nearby graveyard where you can honour the 76 victims.
TIP: The area around the lighthouse has some of the best views for the annual humpback whale migration.
Disaster Bay Lookout
After the perfect spot for some birdwatching and nature photography? Disaster Bay lookout is a great stop-off point with views of the crystal-clear waters and unspoilt coastlines.
Maps of the park can be found at Eden’s Visitor Information Centre.
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