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Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
19.6 km SSE of Eden
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 140 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 140 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk from Bittangabee Bay is a magnificent way to view the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. The low heath for much of this walk allows great views out across the ocean and across the flora of the park. The walk finishes with a longish section of service trail leading down to Pulpit Rock, where the ocean relentlessly beats against the rock shelf. Allowing more time you could return to Bittangabee Bay by retracing your steps. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock
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Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area
Bittangabee Campsite
Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trk
Bittangabee Storehouse Ruins
Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trk
Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trail
Bittangabee Sth Headland Lookout
Bittangabee Gully Stairs
Int. Light to Light Walk and Pulpit Rock Rd Access
Int. Light to Light Walk and Bay Trk
Int. Light to Light Trk and Pulpit Rock Rd
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock
Starting point for this hiking track: Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Kiah 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88231S 
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Photo Gallery

 
Bittangabee Picnic area and sign
 
Bittangabee Picnic area and sign +
 
Track below road and camping area, Bittangabee Bay
 
Track below road and camping area, Bittangabee Bay +
 
Bittangabee camping area
 
Bittangabee camping area +

 
Track down to the Storehouse, Bittangabee Bay
 
Track down to the Storehouse, Bittangabee Bay +
 
Track through the trees
 
Track through the trees +
 
Light to Light track marker near Bittangabee camping area
 
Light to Light track marker near Bittangabee camping area +

 
Sign post along Light to Light walk
 
Sign post along Light to Light walk +
 
Stairs through gully south of Bittangabee Bay
 
Stairs through gully south of Bittangabee Bay +
 
Track north of the stairs
 
Track north of the stairs +

 
Seed pods
 
Seed pods +
 
Track along creek, south of Bittangabee
 
Track along creek, south of Bittangabee +
 
Light to Light walk
 
Light to Light walk +

 
Creek crossing south of Bittangabee Bay
 
Creek crossing south of Bittangabee Bay +
 
Creek crossing south of Bittangabee Bay
 
Creek crossing south of Bittangabee Bay +
 
Track to the service trail
 
Track to the service trail +

 
Seed pods
 
Seed pods +
 
Bushtrack meeting the service trail
 
Bushtrack meeting the service trail +
 
Service trail with Light to Light signpost
 
Service trail with Light to Light signpost +

 
Sign on Pulpit Rock Rd
 
Sign on Pulpit Rock Rd +
 
Looking North up the coast, south of Pulpit Rock Rd
 
Looking North up the coast, south of Pulpit Rock Rd +
 
Sign before Pulpit Rock car park
 
Sign before Pulpit Rock car park +

 
Toilet in Pulpit Rock car park
 
Toilet in Pulpit Rock car park +
 
Side track near Pulpit Rock lookout
 
Side track near Pulpit Rock lookout +
 
Stairs down to Pulpit Rock
 
Stairs down to Pulpit Rock +

 
Track down Pulpit Rock
 
Track down Pulpit Rock +
 
Track looking north from Pulpit Rock
 
Track looking north from Pulpit Rock +
 
Ocean slamming rocks north of Pulpit Rock
 
Ocean slamming rocks north of Pulpit Rock +

 
Pulpit Rock formations
 
Pulpit Rock formations +
 
Waves crashing on Pulpit Rock
 
Waves crashing on Pulpit Rock +
 
Pulpit Rock cliffs
 
Pulpit Rock cliffs +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 5km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
3.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 860m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 510m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 110m is very steep.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 110m has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 110m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area Alt = 7 m
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.

(0 km) Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area to Bittangabee Campsite
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 211 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -5 m
From the picnic area, the walk follows the sign to 'Camping Area 500m', keeping the car park on your right. The track leads below the road (above on the right) for some time, following the arrow markers to a signposted intersection next to the log road barriers.

Bittangabee campground Alt = m
A popular beach-side campsite, Bittangabee campground is a bush campsite with a short walk to the nearby Bittangabee Bay. The bay has a beach and a couple of creeks. This is a great place to access the coastal walking track - there is also plenty of swimming, fishing and snorkeling. The area has some interesting history, with the ruins of the storehouse and Imlay Brothers' house worth exploring. There are a some rainwater tanks, but these are not suitable for drinking so bring your own water.

(0.21 km) Bittangabee Campsite to Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign for 'Walking Track' (not the same direction as the 'Beach' arrow) down the hill. The track leads down the hill a short way to an arrow track marker.

(0.24 km) Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trk to Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trail
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 148 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk does not follow the arrow marker but heads straight down the hill towards the water. The walk steps down to the water's edge where there is a roofless building on the right. The walk follows around the building on the water side, to an information sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk leads up the hill, keeping the bay on your left and the storehouse ruins behind on the right. The track veers right, up the hill to a signposted intersection.
Veer left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 0.33km 'Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trail'.

Bittangabee Storehouse ruins Alt = 2 m
Bittangabee Storehouse ruins is located on the shore of Bittangabee Bay, near the campground, in Ben Boyd National Park. The concrete structure was built by Albert Aspinall (1839 - 1903) in 1881. The building was used to store material unloaded from ships onto a wooden jetty built at the same time. Aspinall then built a wooden tramway to move material and supplies to Green Cape to help in the construction of the lighthouse. The building is now a basic shell, missing roof, windows and a door. The concrete foundations of the timber wharf are still visible. Unfortunately, the building has been marred by graffiti, but is still worth the visit. More info

(0.24 km) Int. Light to Light Trk and Bittangabee Storehouse Trk to Bittangabee Sth Headland Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 236 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -8 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow into the bush, keeping the bay below on the left. The track winds through the bush to a signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Walking Track' sign and arrow posts up the hill. The track winds through the heath and melaleuca for a short time, passing near the campsite (on the right) while following the arrow markers. The track leads closer to the sea on the left, to a clearing overlooking a rock shelf below at the sea and the mouth of Bittangabee Bay.

Southern Bittangabee Point lookout Alt = 9 m
Southern Bittangabee Point lookout is an unofficial lookout on the southern headland forming the entrance to Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The lookout is not fenced or signposted and does not have any facilities. The lookout provides a view across the mouth of Bittangabee Bay and a short way down the coast to the south. There is also a view of the red rock platform below, forming a picturesque contrast with the ocean on sunny days.

(0.48 km) Bittangabee Sth Headland Lookout to Int. Light to Light Walk and Pulpit Rock Rd Access
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.82 km Time = 1 hr 10 mins
Climb = 99 m Descent = -62 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow markers around the headland, keeping the ocean to the left and the camping area to the right. The track soon comes to a set of wooden stairs. The walk heads down these stairs into the creek bed, and then up the stairs on the other side.
Continue straight: From the top of the stairs, this walk leads upstream of the creek, which is below on the right. The track follows this creek for some time, tending left away from it into the bush at times. The track winds slightly uphill for a while, then winds downhill to cross the rocky surface of another creek. The track heads up the hill and over the ridge before heading down to another creek bed. The track then leads up the hill to the cul-de-sac of a service trail.

(4.3 km) Int. Light to Light Walk and Pulpit Rock Rd Access to Pulpit Rock Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 897 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track markers up the hill to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker along the hillside, keeping the ocean on the left of the track. The track passes a few overgrown service trails on either side, as it continues on to the signposted intersection with the main service trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows none of the signs but instead heads down the hill towards the sea. The track winds down through the heath to the one-way car park and toilet. The walk continues through to the far side of the car park, where there is a fenced lookout over the rocks.

(5.2 km) Pulpit Rock Lookout to Pulpit Rock
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 55 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs just near the lookout. The stairs lead onto the rock shelf, with stunning views to the north (left) and of waves crashing onto the rocks below.

Pulpit Rock Alt = 5 m
Pulpit Rock is a large rock platform on the south-east coast of NSW, between Green Cape and Bittangabee in Ben Boyd National Park. The rock platform is a popular spot for rock fishing. Pulpit Rock is accessed via a staircase near the end of a service trail off Green Cape Rd. Near the car park is a pit toilet and garbage facilities. From the rock platform, there are great views north up the coast, with the red rock cliffs providing a spectacular highlight.

(5.25 km) Pulpit Rock to Pulpit Rock Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 55 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -2 m
Turn around: From Pulpit Rock, the walk heads away from the ocean, up the hill. Heading up the stairs, the walk comes to a fenced lookout.

Drive from Pulpit Rock Lookout
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bittangabee campground
Saltwater Creek campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Gas Connection The Arthur Kaine Drv, Pambula (02) 6495 7121 34.4 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 37.8 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 62.4 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 145.7 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 145.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bittangabee Bay to Pulpit Rock
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 25 km (to the NNW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 46 km (to the WSW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 51 km (to the NW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
98 km (to the NW)
8 DEL08 O`Brien/Country Energy/Police Site MT DELEGATE 100 km (to the W)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Far South Coast fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Ben Boyd National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Ben Boyd National park is on the NSW South Coast, near Eden. The park was named and established in 1971, in the honour of Benjamin Boyd (1801-1851). Ben Boyd National park protects a wonderful section of coast line from Pambula to Green Cape, split into two distinct sections, one north of Eden and the other south. The park is well known for its contrasting red rocks, whale sighting, Boyd Tower, Green Cape Lighthouse and associated history. Ben Boyd National park offers some great insights into recent European history, Indigenous occupation and natural history. The park provides two campsites some other great recreational experiences.
Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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