Light to Light Walk

A spectacular multi-day coastal walking experience in Beowa National Park.

Whale watching, Bittangabee campground, Ben Boyd National ParkThe upgraded Light to Light Walk will support visitors in undertaking an immersive multi-day experience with a range of accommodation options in one of the most impressive settings in Australia. The project will deliver a spectacular 30-kilometre coastal walk, supported by new hut accommodation and upgraded camping facilities, in Beowa National Park on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

What the project involves

The upgraded Light to Light Walk will allow a wider range of visitors to undertake a multi-day walk that highlights the many special characteristics of the Far South Coast, including remoteness, coastal connection, and cultural heritage.

The walk can be undertaken as self-guided or guided by licensed commercial tour operators offering various levels of service to individuals or groups. All accommodation along the walk (campgrounds and huts) will be owned and managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Accommodation will range from low-key campsites where walkers need to bring everything to huts where simple bedding and a communal kitchen will be available.

The Light to Light Walk will promote the region's important environmental, cultural and heritage aspects, and provide physical and mental health benefits through increased access to the natural environment.

This $7.9 million project is funded through Restart NSW's Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

The Light to Light Walk will be constructed in stages to minimise visitor disruption. The first stage of work involves upgrading and realigning sections of the current track, repairing tracks damaged by bushfire and storms, constructing new sections of walking track, and closing and rehabilitating sections of track no longer required. This work commenced in late March 2023 and is anticipated to be complete by April 2024.

Extreme weather events, such as storms, extended periods of rain, or high fire danger, could cause the completion date to be delayed. You can view details of upcoming and active track closures on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Current alerts

There has been an increase in visitation to national parks on the south coast by 29% over the last 10 years and this project will support the growing interest in nature-based experiences and multi-day walks in national parks.

Upgrading the Light to Light Walk and providing a broader range of accommodation options will make it easier for inexperienced walkers to participate in a multi-day walk. New and upgraded facilities along the walk will also make people's experience more enjoyable.

The upgrade will help boost the local and regional economy by drawing new visitors to the region and providing opportunities for the tourism industry, including tour operators, transport, accommodation, and hospitality services. The walk will be a key attraction for the region's tourism industry.

Additionally, the project will provide opportunities to strengthen local and regional partnerships, including working with the Aboriginal community.

Our national parks are managed to protect their unique values and provide for sustainable visitor use and enjoyment. This includes providing visitor experiences and, where appropriate, new facilities, including visitor accommodation.

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments were conducted before the 2019–20 bushfires and were re-done after the fires to provide the most up-to-date information. This supports the need to ensure that public visitation and enjoyment is compatible with the protection of conservation values.

The proposed upgrades will offer a wider range of visitors an opportunity to experience a diverse range of landscapes while connecting with the dramatic coastline as they make their way from Boyds Tower in the north to Green Cape Lighthouse in the south. The walk will provide new opportunities for learning about the park's cultural history and biodiversity, including the ecology of local landscapes, culture, and wildlife such as seals, seabirds, and whales.

Interpretation through innovative storytelling is one of the most effective ways to enhance a multi-day walk and achieve an 'experience of a lifetime' for walkers. Developing rich and engaging interpretation, including opportunities for local Aboriginal guided experiences, will be a key focus to immerse the walker in the natural and cultural landscape and help create respect, a strong connection and sense of place.

We continue to consult with key community representatives through the Light to Light Walk Stakeholder Reference Group established in 2021. We have also sought public submissions on key proposals such as the draft amendment to the Ben Boyd National Park Plan of Management, the draft Light to Light Walk Strategy, and the draft Review of Environmental Factors.

Read more about the Stakeholder Reference Group

Those interested in the project are invited to register their interest and receive regular updates on the project.

Additional projects in Beowa National Park

Several other projects are being undertaken in Beowa National Park, which are separate from the Light to Light Walk project but will support the experience of Light to Light and general visitors. Each of these projects is subject to its own environmental assessments where required.

Check the Beowa National Park alerts on the National Parks and Wildlife website for up-to-date information on closures.

Boyds Tower precinct upgrade

The 2019–2020 bushfires heavily impacted the Boyds Tower precinct, and an upgrade of existing facilities was essential. These upgrades were an opportunity to deliver major improvements to meet increased visitor demand and make this unique site accessible to a broad range of ages and abilities.

Work was completed in December 2022 to:

  • upgrade the walking track with several viewing points and creating a new step-off point for the Light to Light Walk
  • improve the existing information shelter, including new seating and accessible toilet facilities
  • make this site more convenient to visitors with a broad range of abilities, with wheelchair access from the car park to Boyds Tower and provide wheelchair accessible lookouts
  • increase the car park capacity from 10 to 22.

Work is being completed to install visitor wayfinding and safety signage and finalise interpretative signage to enhance visitors' experience of the site.

Bittangabee Bay visitor precinct upgrade

Upgrades were completed in February 2023 to provide high-quality experiences to a broad range of visitors while reducing environmental impacts and increasing Aboriginal cultural heritage protection.

Works have been completed to:

  • upgrade road and track surface drainage and improve traffic flow throughout the precinct
  • landscape and improve walking track network to level and better define campsites
  • upgrade campground and day use area facilities
  • provide a new cultural camp for the Aboriginal community.

Update December 2023

Walking track progress.

  • 12 Jan 2024

Update March 2023

Work on walking tracks commences.

  • 24 Mar 2023

Updates: November 2021

Update on Review of Environmental Factors.

  • 01 Dec 2021

Updates: October 2021

Introducing the Light to Light Walk Stakeholder Reference Group.

  • 27 Oct 2021

Updates: August 2021

Adoption of Plan of Management Amendment.

  • 23 Aug 2021

Updates: June 2020

The upgraded Light to Light Walk will offer a new managed, immersive 4-day 3-night experience that combines walking and eco-accommodation in a dramatic coastal setting. The project will deliver a spectacular 30-kilometre walk supported by hut and camping platform accommodation, located in the Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

  • 26 Jun 2020
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