The upgraded Light to Light Walk will be an immersive 4-day experience that combines walking and eco-accommodation in one of the most dramatic settings in Australia. The project will deliver a spectacular 30-kilometre coastal walk supported by hut accommodation, located in the Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.
What the project involves
The Light to Light Walk project will deliver tourism infrastructure to create a multi-day walk in the South Coast region of New South Wales. The project will upgrade and realign sections of the current track and provide overnight accommodation at 3 sites. This will enable the transformation of the existing Light to Light Walk into a hut-to-hut style walk, enhancing the region's reputation as an iconic Australian coastal nature-based destination and improving opportunities for visitor participation.
The 4-day experience will remain a public walk, managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The walk will be able to be undertaken as self-guided or through commercial tour operators offering various levels of help to individuals or groups, with NPWS fostering these partnership opportunities. The walk will also be able to be undertaken independently, staying at public campsites.
The Light to Light Walk will promote the important environmental, cultural and heritage aspects of the region, encourage sustainable development and provide physical and mental health benefits through increased access to the natural environment.
Additionally, the project will provide opportunities to strengthen local and regional partnerships, including working with the Aboriginal community.
The proposed walk has been awarded $7.9 million funding by the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, that provides funding for infrastructure that supports regional economic growth, creates local employment opportunities, and drives growth in the visitor economy.