Light to Light Walk

A spectacular multi-day coastal walk experience in Ben Boyd National Park.

Humpack off Greencape, Ben Boyd National Park_credit Scott BlanchThe upgraded Light to Light Walk will be an immersive multi-day experience that combines walking and overnight accommodation staying in hut and lighthouse accommodation in one of the most impressive settings in Australia. The project will deliver a spectacular 30-kilometre coastal walk, supported by purpose-built hut accommodation, located in the Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

What the project involves

The upgraded Light to Light Walk will allow visitors to undertake an immersive nature-based multi-day walk experience that highlights the many special characteristics of the NSW Far South Coast, including remoteness, coastal connection and cultural heritage.

The project will deliver a signature multi-day coastal walk, transforming the existing campground walk experience with hut to hut and lighthouse style accommodation in addition to new walk-in campgrounds. The walk, along with all accommodation, will remain a public walk and be managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The walk will be able to be undertaken as self-guided or guided with licensed commercial tour operators offering various levels of help to individuals or groups. The walk will also be able to be undertaken by pack-campers staying at Mowarry Point, Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay walk-in campgrounds.

The Light to Light Walk will promote the important environmental, cultural and heritage aspects of the region, 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.

Planning for the Light to Light Walk has begun, and we are currently working through the design and approvals processes. The recent fire has impacted the planning work and delivery timeframe for the walk.

Construction will be undertaken in a staged approach. Provided necessary approvals are granted, the first stage is expected to begin in late 2021 and be completed by late 2022.

The existing Light to Light Walk is beautiful. The proposed changes will accommodate increasing demand and enhance the experience, making it a superior coastal walk. The improvements aim to diminish the perceived barriers by some visitors to undertaking a multi-day walk in a national park.

The Light to Light Walk will provide an opportunity to do the walk without carrying a heavy backpack or having to buy all the necessary equipment, including a large pack, cooking equipment, or a tent. It will instead allow walkers to stay in a comfortable hut and lighthouse accommodation. Pack style camping will still be possible in designated camping areas along the walk. The Light to Light Walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience is recommended as tracks may have short, steep hill sections, rough surfaces and steps.

The walk is expected to deliver benefits to the local economy, draw new visitors to the region, and provide opportunities for the tourism industry, including tour operators, transport, accommodation, and hospitality services. The project aims to be the key attraction to the region's tourism industry.

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.

We are conducting independent environmental assessments to examine the significance of likely environmental impacts of the proposal and the measures required to mitigate any potential impacts to the environment. This supports the need to ensure that public visitation and enjoyment is compatible with the protection of conservation values.

The project will undergo further detailed design and assessment to ensure compliance with the park's plan of management and conservation management plans. Further stringent environmental, cultural heritage and cost-benefit assessments, involving our staff, key stakeholders and other experts will ensure the project meets environmental, cultural and economic aspirations.

The proposed Light to Light Walk will offer 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 creating respect, a strong connection and sense of place.

Effective community and stakeholder engagement is critical to the success of this project. We will continue to engage with stakeholders and interested community members in a meaningful and timely way.

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

In July and August 2019 we exhibited the draft amendment to the Ben Boyd National Park and Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve Plan of Management (Light to Light Walk Improvements) and the Draft Light to Light Walk Strategy.

A total of 205 submissions were received.

A key outcome from the public consultation includes the establishment of a Light to Light Walk Stakeholder Reference Group. Members will comprise of representatives from a range of stakeholders and organisations in conservation, tourism, recreation, local government and Aboriginal community. The group will provide input during the planning and construction phases of the project.

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 accommodation, located in the Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

  • 26 Jun 2020
Light to Light Walk – Register of interest

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People watching for whales from clifftop, Ben Boyd National Park
Trees lining the walkway, Ben Boyd National Park