Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area to the Black Cliffs
Yuin Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

5.1 km
return

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Hard track
This walk is a great way to explore the less visited areas of the popular Bittangabee Bay. The walk winds around the northern side of the bay to explore the cliff top views. The black cliffs are unfenced, and give great views over the entrance of Bittangabee Bay and out to sea. On the way there is an opportunity to explore the history associated with the ruins of Imlay house. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign above Bittangabee picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track away from Bittangabee car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Creek flowing to beach at Bittangabee. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign before split for Imlays House ruins. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock formed steps along the Light to Light wlk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track over Bittangabee Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bittangabee Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down to creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pool in creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track marker in burnt tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Foot bridge on track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Light to Light track near Bittangabee Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track just south of black cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Black cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View across the entrance to Bittangabee Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from black cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Black cliff looking south. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boulders behid black cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.2167421,150.0148564)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 27.3 km
  • Turn right onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 6.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Quondolo Street, A1 and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn slight right onto Bullara Street, A1 and drive for another 18.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Mitchell Street, A1 and drive for another 18.3 km
  • Turn left onto Edrom Road and drive for another 5.7 km
  • Turn right onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 11.2 km
  • Turn left onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 4.6 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Bittangabee Road and drive for another 3 km
  • Turn left onto Bittangabee Road and drive for another 150 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the picnic area, the walk follows the sign to 'Saltwater Creek 9.0km' down the hill, keeping the road above on the left. The track heads down the hillside and crosses a rocky creek bed, then leads up the hill to an information sign marking the intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Light to Light Walk.
Bittangabee Bay Beach (about 105 m back from the start).
Bittangabee Bay Beach
Bittangabee Bay Beach

Bittangabee Bay Beach, Ben Boyd National Park, is a small beach at the south-western corner of the bay. The beach can be accessed by a short walk from Bittangabee picnic area in Ben Boyd National Park. The yellow sand beach has a small creek and lagoon behind. The beach also has rock platforms at each end and is fairly well-protected from swells, being tucked away in the bay. The historic storehouse is visible on the shore to the right.
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Bittangabee Bay Beach, Ben Boyd National Park, is a small beach at the south-western corner of the bay. The beach can be accessed by a short walk from Bittangabee picnic area in Ben Boyd National Park. The yellow sand beach has a small creek and lagoon behind. The beach also has rock platforms at each end and is fairly well-protected from swells, being tucked away in the bay. The historic storehouse is visible on the shore to the right.

There is a car park (about 60 m back from the start).
After 75 m find the "Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area" (on your left).
Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area
Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area

Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area is near Bittangabee Bay and camp area in Ben Boyd National Park. The picnic area is a day-use only area with a few picnic tables, an electric BBQ and a pit toilet. There is a reasonable amount of natural shade, and is close to a car park. There is short walk to the beach and ruins at Bittangabee Bay. The picnic area is well signposted on the loop road near the Bittangabee camping area.
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Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area is near Bittangabee Bay and camp area in Ben Boyd National Park. The picnic area is a day-use only area with a few picnic tables, an electric BBQ and a pit toilet. There is a reasonable amount of natural shade, and is close to a car park. There is short walk to the beach and ruins at Bittangabee Bay. The picnic area is well signposted on the loop road near the Bittangabee camping area.

After another 30 m pass the toilet (70 m on your left).
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternative route linking Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Sth to Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Nth. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 95 m veer left.
After another 215 m find the "Imlay House" (on your right).
Imlay House
Imlay House

Imlay House ruins still show the foundations of a house built by the Imlay brothers in 1844. The ruins are found in Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, along the Light to Light track. The house was to be a station for the Imlay family to further their grazing and whaling in the area. It appears the stone house was never completed, with the brothers dying in 1846 (George) and 1847 (Alexander). Soon after the Imlay brothers died, Benjamin Boyd began using the bay for his own whaling company in 1848.
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Imlay House ruins still show the foundations of a house built by the Imlay brothers in 1844. The ruins are found in Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, along the Light to Light track. The house was to be a station for the Imlay family to further their grazing and whaling in the area. It appears the stone house was never completed, with the brothers dying in 1846 (George) and 1847 (Alexander). Soon after the Imlay brothers died, Benjamin Boyd began using the bay for his own whaling company in 1848.

After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 350 m cross the ford.
Then find the "Bittangabee Creek" (8 m on your right).
Bittangabee Creek
Bittangabee Creek

Bittangabee Creek is a small creek feeding Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The creek enters the bay and is crossed by the Light to Light track about 800m north-west of Bittangabee Campsite. The creek provides a quiet place for people to paddle and relax.
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Bittangabee Creek is a small creek feeding Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The creek enters the bay and is crossed by the Light to Light track about 800m north-west of Bittangabee Campsite. The creek provides a quiet place for people to paddle and relax.

After another 1.4 km find the "Black cliffs" (20 m on your right).
Black cliffs
Black cliffs

The black cliffs of Ben Boyd National Park provide a great vantage point. The headland on the north side of Bittangabee has a fairly large clearing on a rock platform, high above the ocean. There are great views out to sea and into the mouth of Bittangabee Bay. There are no fences or facilities at this informal lookout. Being dark in colour, this rock platform can get very uncomfortable on hot days - trees on the south side provide some respite with shade. The rock slopes into the sea on the south side, but would be too dangerous for swimming.
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The black cliffs of Ben Boyd National Park provide a great vantage point. The headland on the north side of Bittangabee has a fairly large clearing on a rock platform, high above the ocean. There are great views out to sea and into the mouth of Bittangabee Bay. There are no fences or facilities at this informal lookout. Being dark in colour, this rock platform can get very uncomfortable on hot days - trees on the south side provide some respite with shade. The rock slopes into the sea on the south side, but would be too dangerous for swimming.

Continue another 235 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.5 km to get back to the start.

An alternative route linking Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Sth to Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Nth.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Light to Light Walk.
After another 460 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
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Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area to the Black Cliffs


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.1 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 60 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
60 m[toilet]
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