The three essentials to happiness are:
Something to do.
Someone to love.
Something to look forward to.
Something to hope for.
Alexander Chalmers (29 March 1759 – 29 December 1834) was a Scottish writer.
Our hope was to be able to travel somewhere so that covered something to do and something to look forward to.
We needed the Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted so that we could travel again.
Finally they were and we were free to travel. Yipeeeeee
Our first adventure on our list was to trek The Light to Light walk down on The Sapphire Coast in Eden just before the Victorian border.
This walk is in The Ben Boyd National Park and starts at The Boyd Tower and finishes at The Green Cape Lightstation, the southernmost lighthouse in NSW. (You can walk in the opposite direction if you wish) The distance is 30km.
You can do this walk over 3 days and camp along the way but we love endurance so we did the walk in one day, (7hrs and 42sec)
What a team!
Our travel dates were 2-8 December 2021
We carpooled down to Eden and stayed the night in a B&B in town. We were up early the next morning to be at the Green Cape Lighthouse at 7am where we were being picked up by a transport company called Light to Light Transfer.
Bright and bubbly Jenny was there and waiting to take us to the start of the walk at Boyds Tower. Jenny was an absolute local gem who was able to tell us a lot of history about where we were.
We would absolutely recommend it, if you are doing this walk, to use this company.
Boyds Tower built in 1847 was commissioned by Benjamin Boyd and originally designed to be a lighthouse. The government rejected this proposal of a private lighthouse. Boyd changed tact and built the Sydney sandstone tower for whale spotting.
The walk hugs the coast and is a combination of coastal paths, rock hoping and beach walking. You pass through Red Sands Beach, Leather Jacket Bay, Mowarry Bay, Red Rocks and Saltwater Creek. At Saltwater Creek you do have to be aware of the tides, we were there a few hours before high tide but we still had to wade through the crystal clear water which was very refreshing.
We did get a surprise and came across an Eastern Brown snake making his way back up the beach after being in the water.
It was then onto Hegarty's Bay, Black cliffs, Bittangabee Beach Beach, Imlay House ruins, Pulpit Rock, Ly-ee-moon Graveyard and then finally the Green Cape Lighthouse was in front of us.
The views are stunning and the landscape ever changing. The track winds and is ever changing from heathland to forests, tea tree groves to banksia woodlands across lots of different terrain, red rock beaches, sand and up and down into gullies.
For about the last 8 km you can see the Green Cape Light House teasing you in the distance, and like all goods walks nearing the end, I tend to increase speed with the anticipation of the end in sight. Personally I love this part of a long trek but one of our girls swears by the hare and tortoise theory.
Green Cape Lighthouse is located on the tip of Greencape, a headland forming the northern boundary of Disaster Bay. It is the most southern lighthouse in NSW and the first lighthouse to be built in concrete in Australia. It was built in 1883 and is now decommissioned. There is now a beacon installed.
We loved our big day out and couldn’t wait for our nighttime adventure. We had booked accommodation in one of the lightkeeper's cottages.
There are 3 cottages each offering quality heritage accommodation with all the mod cons.
We had left our car at the cottage at the start and all our provisions for that night and breakfast were in our car.
At the end of the day we loved being able to luxuriate in a hot shower and then sit on the veranda looking at the vast ocean views from this rocky peninsula.
We were welcomed by National Parks lisa who was on duty at the lighthouse. She gave us a warm welcome and invited us to a tour of the lighthouse the next morning. Lisa was a fabulous guide and we thoroughly enjoyed touring the lighthouse and climbing a few extra stairs.
Our accomodation for the night, the largest of the 3 cottages on site.
The next day we travelled south and over the border into Victoria. It was exciting to cross a border after being in lockdown for so long.
We headed to Mallacoota for a 3 night stay. We wanted to incorporate a little bit of chill time and walking of course.
Our first walk was going to be an easy 18km but you know when you are out there and you can link a bit more on….. We ended up having a 29km day! Yay.
We started on The Narrows Walking Track following the inland lake for the first 10km, then turned off to walk through the forests that had been burnt out. It was so incredible and beautiful to see the forest regenerating
Mandy, Nicola, Rozzie and Vic
Our second day of walking was Shipwreck Beach via Mallacoota Coastal Walk and Centre Track, 14.8km finishing off with a relax on the beach.
We wanted to feel as if we were helping this beautiful little hamlet that was burnt during the 2021 bushfires.
We were able to experience a local market, eat a Greek food van, Greek Soul Food
We supported Origami Coffee, and met the most zen and artistic barista. It was the best way to start our day..
The food at Lucy's Noodles was superb.
You can’t not go to the pub when you are in small country towns. We had a great meal at Mallacoota Bistro hotel
Our time in Mallacoota will be remembered fondly. When we visit again we would like to see that the pain in the eyes of the locals has disappeared. They have endured so much pain with the fires and then followed by Covid-19.
If you have the chance to visit this place please do.
OK next adventure.....watch this space.