SALTWATER CREEK – BITTANGABEE BAY
Flights are available with Rex Airlines from Sydney to Merimbula arriving at 10.45am. These will need to be booked independently.
(Notes flights direct from Melbourne are also available which arrive at 8.20am)
Meet your guides at Merimbula Airport at 10.45am for transfer to the start of the walk. We start our three day walk at Saltwater Creek. We will be taking in stunning and ever-changing views passing banksia woodlands, sheltered coves and red-rock platforms.
Stop for a dip at the small and scenic Bittangabee Beach in Bittangabee Bay, then on to the nearby Bittangabee Bay Ruins and explore the remnants of incomplete structures dating back to the 1840s. In the 1840s, the Imlay Brothers used Bittangabee Bay as a base for some of the early shore based whaling operations undertaken in and around Twofold Bay. We also pass vital eco systems such as heathlands which are home to a remarkable diversity of plant and animal species, many of which occur only in this habitat. In spring and early summer, heathland areas come alive with an array of honeyeaters and other nectar feeding birds.
After our walk we transfer to the charming waterfront Seahorse Inn Hotel for our next 2 nights accommodation. Tonight enjoy dinner in the restaurant featuring fine dining served with wine.
(Distance: 9 kms, approx 3 hours with breaks)
BOYDS TOWER – SALTWATER CREEK TRACK
After breakfast at the hotel we head out for the day’s adventure. Today we begin our coastal trek at the northern end overlooking Twofold bay from Boyds Tower and admire this historic sandstone building originally intended to be a lighthouse. Boyd’s Tower was constructed in the late 1840s as part of an ambitious plan by Benjamin Boyd to establish Eden as a major commercial port. He was however denied official approval to use the tower as a lighthouse and the main use for this tower came from shore based whales of the coastline.
We pass open grassy areas such as between Mowarry Point and Leather Jacket Bay, you may see eastern grey kangaroos grazing. Between the gently curving rocky landscapes of Leatherjacket Bay and Mowarry Point, we hike through coastal forests and heath and across red-rocked platforms. Marvel how Mowarry point has a direct line of sight to both Boyds Tower and Green Cape. See if you can pick out other headlands along the way from where you might be able to see a lighthouse.
We follow the trail and lookout for seals and seabirds year-round, or migrating whales in season, particularly between September and November. Finally we head to the pristine Saltwater Creek Beach to cool down with a swim or surf. Afterwards we return to the Seahorse Inn Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing dinner with your fellow travellers and chat about the day’s adventures.
(Distance 13 kms, approx 4.5 hours with breaks)
BITTANGABEE BAY – GREEN CAPE
After a leisurely breakfast we set out on our last day towards Green Cape Light station, our final destination.
Follow a trail that was traditionally travelled by light keepers taking supplies that were off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay; look closely for remnants of the old horse-drawn tram track. You’ll find a walkway to the lookout at the tip of Green Cape where you can stop to look for dolphins and take in stunning views across Disaster Bay. Stroll down to the end of the rocky cape and with plenty of good vantage points looking out to the sea, the walk offers an ideal chance to look for whales migrating along the coastline – especially during autumn and spring. Watch out also for seals or seabirds plunging into the ocean waters for a feed of fish. If you’re lucky you may also spot a sea eagle riding the thermal air currents in slow majestic circles, or hovering low over the water before dropping down to catch fish or waterfowl.
The Green Cape lighthouse commenced operations in 1883 as part of a plan by Francis Hixson to ‘light the coast like a street with lamps’. This was an especially important development in an age when coastal shipping offered the main communication and supply line between isolated coastal communities and ports such as Sydney and Melbourne. At 29m tall, it was the largest mass concrete structure built in NSW up until that time. Today the light’s operation is fully automated and the NPWS manages the site.
Afterwards our guides will drop you at Merimbula airport at 2.45pm for your return flight to Sydney.
(Distance: 7 kms, approx 3 hours)
INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
Spend two nights at the luxurious, boutique Seahorse Hotel. Offering stunning coastal views and modern decor with an old world charm, this is the prefect place to rest after a day’s walk. The accommodation has a choice of king or twin beds.
NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
- Transport or flights to the start of the trip in Merimbula
- any optional tours and activities during free time
- tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How fit do I need to be to do this walk?
This walk is graded as easy to moderate and a good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk.
We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.