Frequently Asked Questions
If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please email us using the Contact Us form or give us a call on 0429 961 047.
What and where?
- Where is the Light to Light Walk?
Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. 35km south east of the small town of Eden which is situated on Twofold Bay. Just over 500km south of Sydney and 550km north of Melbourne.
- How long is the Walk?
It’s spot on 31km – reconfirmed with a full GPS mapping of the entire length we undertook late 2018. The various National Parks signs, maps and information vary in lengths and descriptions so we prefer to rely on our own research.
- What length are the 3 sections between campsites?
Boyd’s Tower to Saltwater Creek: 13.7km
Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay: 9.6km
Bittangabee Bay to Green Cape Light Station: 7.8km
- Are there hills? No big hills. The track largely follows the coastline – especially in the northern section – and you will descend to beautiful bays and beaches before ascending again to walk along forested ridgelines. It is deemed to have an ascent/descent of 55m. So yes – there are some stairs up and down – but not many!
- Link to some maps and notes here. We are planning to have the walk remapped in 2018 with a view to offering it as a downloadable resource. Watch this space.
- How hard is the Walk – how fit do I need to be?
The Walk is rated Grade 4 in the Australian Walking Track Grading system, suggesting it should be taken by experienced bushwalkers only. This is relative of course. It has been described as ‘easy’ and ‘intermediate’ by many. We have had several men and women in their late 60s & 70s easily complete the 3 day/2 night walk. We encourage our visitors to take their time and enjoy the many wonderful views, wildlife and birdlife. Choosing a cooler time of year to walk is also helpful for those unsure if they can do this walk.
- What do we carry?
A day-pack of the highest quality from Australia’s adventure equipment specialists – Mont – containing your lunch, ample fresh water, sunscreen, hand sanitiser, map and notes. Collapsible sturdy walking poles are also available if you prefer. Amongst the group (max 4) you will share: a PLB (personal location beacon), Telstra mobile phone, First Aid kit, additional compression bandages in case of snake bite, antihistamines and a blister pack.
- What about the rest of our stuff?
We carry all your other things, including changes of clothing for the entire tour (don’t forget that cosy stuff for around the fire during Autumn to Spring – you can even bring your fluffy slippers). You’ll need your own personal toiletries, but we supply bath sheets and face washers, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, moisturiser and foot balm.
- Can you swim along the way?
Swimming is fantastic at Mowarry Beach. You’ll know it – it’s a stunningly beautiful white sandy beach about 1/2 way between Boyd’s Tower and Saltwater Creek. Swimming is great at Saltwater Creek – both on the main surf beach but also at the small beach just to its north – accessed by a sneaky little track off the main Walk. Ask us and we’ll let you in on the secret. And Bittangabee Bay is beautifully protected and full of life.
- What do we sleep in?
You sleep in a top quality OzTent, on a sturdy padded stretcher at normal bed height – easy to get into and out of. The stretcher is topped with a thick memory foam mattress and cosy sleeping bag lined with a crisp white sheet. You will find your Sheridan bath sheet and face washer on the end of your bed. And if it’s a little cool at night, we can offer you a hot water bottle to warm your toes on. You’ll have a small LED magnetic light, headlamps for each, a small hand torch, a mirror and a foot brush so you don’t have to introduce sand to your sleeping bag! Each tent has an external and internal floor mat.
- What else is in the camp?
When our visitors have arrived in camp, the first thing they do is rest their weary bones on their sturdy OzTent chair, with their feet up on purpose-made footstools. The chairs boast a sturdy side table so you can keep your drinks and nibbles close at hand. Apart from the Oztents (bedrooms), we also have a fully equipped pop-up kitchen including preparation tables, gas stove, dishwashing area, Weber BBQ, 12v refrigerator, coolbox (for the drinks and veges).
- Are there any dangers on the Walk?
This is the Australian bush – so there is the chance of encountering snakes and/or spiders and other dangerous animals. But if you attend our pre-walk briefing session and take note of our advice, it is extremely unlikely that you will experience any life-threatening dangers. Some of our native wildlife looks scarier than it is, e.g. goannas (large monitor type lizards) but generally if you leave creatures alone and give them space, it is highly unlikely that you will have an issue. Your main danger is likely to be exposure to sun and dehydration, so we insist on walkers wearing a hat and applying sunscreen at least every 4 hours.
- What’s the minimum/maximum number in a tour group?
We take a minimum of 2 people, maximum of 4 in one group. This allows us to give our utmost attention to our guests and provide the highest quality service. And 4 – 6 people seem to fit so nicely around a campfire. We will consider taking a slightly bigger group – please contact us to discuss options.
- What are the tour dates / how do we book?
We try to work around busy schedules so our tour dates are flexible and that’s why we prefer to discuss options with our guests. Contact us by email or give us a call 0429 961 047 and let’s see what’s possible for your group. Once we’ve agreed on your dates, we’ll take the next step so you can confirm your booking.
- What if I’m single and don’t want to share my space?
We are currently working on acquiring single tents and offering an exclusive tour for singles only – but in the meantime, singles are welcome to join tours at a slightly higher rate than twin share. Please refer to the Tour Options page for prices.
This depends on which tour you take. Please refer to the notes under each Tour Option – and please give us a call if you have any questions whatsoever. 0429 961 047 or email on our Contact Form – we are quick to respond, even if we have to find reception hotspots along the track!
So what’s on the menu? We supply fresh, healthy food and plenty of it:
- Lunch: usually wraps with either meat/salad or cheese/salad. Don’t eat bread/wraps? Talk to us about your preferences.
- Snacks: fresh nuts, sultanas, fresh fruit, muesli bars and if you’re lucky, one of our famous white chocolate and berry muffins!
- Nibbles: a platter of deliciousness consisting of Tilba Cheeses, heavenly dips from Sprout Eden, a mix of olives, tomato, grapes, cracker biscuits (inc. GF) and smoked salmon gravlax from the award-winning Eden Smokehouse.
- Dinner: barbecue with fresh healthy salads and the best quality meats we can buy. Not a meat eater? Not a problem. Talk to us about your preferences. Vegan? Let us know what you’d like and we’ll do our best to meet your needs.
- Dessert: We’ve got a few delicious scrumptious dishes in store – but we like to surprise you with this course.
- Breakfast: fresh juices, a choice of 2 x mueslis (one a locally produced light and fluffy GF Muesli from XO Foods), berry compote, the best yoghurt ever made and beautiful jersey milk from Tilba Real Dairy), Wild Rye’s Bakery’s yummo ciabatta toasted to perfection with a variety of spreads.
- Mont 26 litre daypack and Masters or Black Diamond walking poles;
- Fresh, filtered rainwater in Nalgene BPA-free 1 litre bottles and/or stainless steel bottles;
- Hand held ResQLink Personal Location Beacon;
- Maps, notes and other information about the Light to Light Track, Ben Boyd National Park and the Sapphire Coast region;
- All National Parks camping and visiting fees;
- All food as described in each Tour itinerary;
- accommodation in Oztent tents and/or at Green Cape Lightstation Cottage;
- comfortable sturdy beds with thick mattresses, cosy sleeping bags with cotton percale liners, Sheridan bath sheets;
- hot shower in purpose-made shower tent with adjoining change room (privacy guaranteed) and quality bath products;
- sturdy camp chairs with strong frames (easy to get out of!) with side table attached and foot rest;
- all transport to and from the Walk.