Ben Boyd National Park
Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden, offers whale watching, fishing and beach camping. Stay in heritage lighthouse accommodation or enjoy the scenic Light to Light walk. Ben Boyd National Park invites you to discover its intriguing history. From Aboriginal middens to a heritage lighthouse, the park holds loads of historic surprises just waiting for you to discover.Its finest attractions, though, are not man-made. With rare wildlife, sheltered inlets and 45km of stunning rocky coastline, the park’s rugged beauty is a sight to behold. Walk one of the park’s easy tracks, like the Pambula River walking track or Pinnacles track. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on the multi-day Light to Light walk and enjoy the colourful display of rocks that stand out against the sapphire blue water of the Pacific Ocean.This is a great place for a daytrip – there are lots of picnic spots and plenty of places to go fishing. The park’s lofty lookouts are excellent for whale watching – head to Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site if you’re interested in finding out more about the area's whaling history.
History of the Area
The first shore-based whaling station on mainland Australia was set up at Twofold Bay in 1828. Benjamin Boyd established a competing business and built a private lighthouse, Boyd's Tower, and a township, Boydtown, before being declared bankrupt. The coast was the site of many shipwrecks. The Green Cape Lighthouse commenced operation in 1883 but shipwrecks continued, including the Ly-ee-moon that sank in 1886. You can pay your respects to some of the 76 victims at a graveyard a short walk from the lighthouse. There are also regular guided tours of the lighthouse.Be the first to write a review