Bay Bushwalkers : Spring Creek Fire Trail to Rock Orchids

Nine Batemans Bay Bushwalkers enjoyed walking the 32 km Light to Light Track in Ben Boyd National Park over 2 days.

Above: Participants Mary, Rob, Philip, Karen, Lyn, Ian, Donna, Bronwyn and leader Barry starting out to walk from Ben Boyd Tower to Saltwater creek camp site.

We set up camp at Saltwater Creek and spent the first evening fending off hungry kangaroos, possums and goannas. Despite our best efforts they got a block of chocolate, several muffins and some onions.

Day 1 started at Boyd Tower on the southern most tip of Twofold Bay, near Eden. From the lookout there we first saw the palette of colours peculiar to this coast – the deep blue sea edged with foaming white surf, and red, pink and mauve rocks fringed by deep green vegetation. The track undulates south over headlands covered in tea tree forest, and through rocky bays and sandy beaches. We stopped many times to watch the passing parade of whales migrating south. The weather was a little humid, and we were pleased to complete our 14 km walk at Saltwater Creek Beach mid afternoon, so there was plenty of time for a dip in the creek, or a shower back at camp. Day 2 dawned much cooler, and perfect for our 18 km walk south to Greencape Lighthouse. Today the walk was a little flatter and passed through a variety of scenery. As well as the dramatic and rugged red siltstone coastal geology, we walked through low scrubby heath festooned with Spring wildflowers, and tall eucalypt forests. We spotted frogs at the creek crossings, and enjoyed a break at the serene safe harbour of Bittangabee Bay. And did I mention the whales?? In addition to the scenery and abundant wildlife, the walk passes a number of European historic sites – Boyd Tower, Bittangabee storehouse and tramway, the Ly-ee-Moon shipwreck graveyard, and Green Cape Lighthouse.Back around the campfire that evening, we thanked Barry for organising the camp and leading the walk – a most enjoyable excursion. Back around the campfire that evening, we thanked Barry for organising the camp and leading the walk – a most enjoyable excursion.

More Photos HERE by Karen and Mary **** This article first appeared on the Batemans Bay Bushwalking website

About the BATEMANS BAY BUSHWALKERS INC. Batemans Bay Bushwalkers are a crew of around 200 members, with the shared goal of finding, exploring and enjoying the natural secrets of our corner of Australia. First formed in 1985, we have about 200 members. We are not-for-profit and run by volunteers We are an Incorporated Association with a Constitution and a Committee to oversee administration Personal Accident, Public Liability and Associations Liability Insurance is funded by your annual subscriptions We publish 4 Walks Programs per year, with 2 walks a week of varying grades. Visitors are welcome on walks and are covered by our insurance for 3 walks per financial year Walks are led by volunteer Walk Leaders, who carry a GPS, topographic map, and when appropriate, a safety beacon. We take our safety seriously. Bushwalking is a risky business, accidents do happen, injuries do result. Each walk is graded for difficulty so that you can choose walks to suit your level of ability. Members and Visitors sign a Responsibility Waiver before each walk. We also get together for a variety of social activities and camps, but you have to be a Member to come along to those

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