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Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.2 km SE of Eden
Length: 9.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 9.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 274 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 274 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: Return
Track: Hard

Leather Jacket Bay is a rocky and wonderful bay. The walk through Ben Boyd National Park starts at Boyd Tower car park and passes through Red Sands bay with its stunning contrast of colour. The walk not only passes some beautiful coast line to Leather Jacket Bay but some superb examples of geological processes with rock folding and banding. There is a small clearing at Leather Jacket bay with some shade, making it a nice place for lunch before heading back. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay
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Ben Boyd Car park information sign
Boyd Tower Lookout Point
Red sands bay
Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Trks
Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Sth Trks
Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Nth Trks
Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt E Trks
Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket View Trks
Starting point for this hiking track: Ben Boyd Car park information sign

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 
 Eden 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88231N 
 Eden 1:100 000 Map Series 8823 

Photo Gallery

 
Information sign in Boyd Tower car park
 
Information sign in Boyd Tower car park +
 
Coast Walk at Boyd Tower car park
 
Coast Walk at Boyd Tower car park +
 
Information sign near Boyd Tower car park
 
Information sign near Boyd Tower car park +

 
Track off to the left with water views
 
Track off to the left with water views +
 
Views from side track
 
Views from side track +
 
One of many track markers bolted to a tree
 
One of many track markers bolted to a tree +

 
Leaf litter beside track
 
Leaf litter beside track +
 
A common sight, broken branches
 
A common sight, broken branches +
 
Boyd Tower in the distance
 
Boyd Tower in the distance +

 
Birds sunning on island
 
Birds sunning on island +
 
Leaf scribble
 
Leaf scribble +
 
Track marker through the trees
 
Track marker through the trees +

 
Arrow marker north end of red sands bay
 
Arrow marker north end of red sands bay +
 
Red sands bay
 
Red sands bay +
 
Red rock in the bay
 
Red rock in the bay +

 
Arrow marker in red sands bay
 
Arrow marker in red sands bay +
 
Arrow marker above red rock bay
 
Arrow marker above red rock bay +
 
Oil drum washed up in bay
 
Oil drum washed up in bay +

 
Stairs south from red sands bay
 
Stairs south from red sands bay +
 
Looking up the coast north, Boyd Tower
 
Looking up the coast north, Boyd Tower +
 
Service trail between red sands bay and Leather Jacket Bay
 
Service trail between red sands bay and Leather Jacket Bay +

 
Large ant north of Leather Jacket Bay
 
Large ant north of Leather Jacket Bay +
 
View from Light to Light walk
 
View from Light to Light walk +
 
Acacia leafs
 
Acacia leafs +

 
Arrow marker on service trail
 
Arrow marker on service trail +
 
Arrow marker down bushtrack north of Leather Jacket Bay
 
Arrow marker down bushtrack north of Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Leather Jacket Bay
 
Leather Jacket Bay +

 
Creek through Leather Jacket Bay
 
Creek through Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Signpost in Leather Jacket Bay
 
Signpost in Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Clearing behind Leather Jacket Bay
 
Clearing behind Leather Jacket Bay +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay 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 9km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
2.4km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km is very steep. The remaining (740m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 2.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
2.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.3km is clearly signposted. The remaining (410m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 2.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Ben Boyd Car park information sign
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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(0 km) Ben Boyd Car park information sign to Boyd Tower Lookout Point
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.34 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -59 m
From the information sign, the walk heads down the hill, following the low posts away from the information sign, to a signposted intersection on the left. From the intersection, the track follows the sign for 'Coastal Walk' down the hill away from the car park. The track soon passes an information sign on the right before tending right, down the hill to be above the coastline. The walk then continues with the coast on your left, down stairs into a gully and back out. The track winds and undulates for some time, leading away from the coast. The track then continues back towards the coast, to a view of the tower on your left and a rock island below in the sea.

(1.34 km) Boyd Tower Lookout Point to Red sands bay
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.1 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -40 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the track, keeping the the coast to the left. The track soon leads out of the heath and winds along the hillside, tending away from the coast (which disappears below the trees on the left). The walk then winds down into a gully with access to the rocks (below on your left). Rising up and out of the gully, the track winds across the hillside and then down into a rocky bay with an arrow marker. The walk continues across the red flat rock at the back of the bay, coming to the arrow marker[1] pointing inland, in the middle of the bay.

Red sands bay Alt = 7 m
Red sands bay (not officially named) is a north-facing bay between Boyd Tower and Leather Jacket Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The rocky bay is accessed via the Light to Light walk. The beach in this bay is made up of small boulders and a fine red gravel. Most of the red gravel is on the western side of the bay. The gravel is made from the sea smashing the red siltstone into small pieces. The red sands/gravel of this bay makes for a fantastic contrast on sunny days.

(2.44 km) Red sands bay to Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Trks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 405 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the red rock bay, this walk follows the track marker away from the ocean and up the stairs. The track climbs over the hill to head down into a creek bed, where it heads up the hill keeping the ocean on the left of the track. The stairs lead this walk around the hill to the right and then to a signposted intersection with a service trail.

(2.84 km) Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket Pt Trks to Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket View Trks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 740 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow of the tower sign through the small clearing and along the clearer service trail. The track winds quickly through the heath for some time to meet a signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows track marker down the hill, towards the ocean. The track leads downhill to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker past a white post, keeping the ocean and the other service trail to the left of the track. The walk continues along the service trail for a short time to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker, leaving the fork in the trails behind and heading down the slight hill towards the ocean. The track continues down the hill to a signposted intersection.

(3.58 km) Int. Light to Light and Leather Jacket View Trks to Leatherjacket Bay
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.07 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -32 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker into the tall heath, towards the views of the ocean. The track then winds through the heath, passing through some large areas of tall heath and melaleuca trees. The walk follows white posts through the heath to then enter an area of tall eucalypt bush. The track soon passes an old farm fence post on the left of the track while winding down the hill into Leather Jacket Bay. The track follows the creek across the back of the rocky bay to a well signposted clearing - the campsite.

Leather Jacket Bay Alt = 2 m
Leather Jacket Bay is a north-east facing beach between Boyd Tower and Mowarry Point in the Ben Boyd National Park. The bay has a sandy beach with small rock boulders between the sand and the ocean. The wooded forest behind the bay provides some shade, making this a great place to rest on the Light-to-Light walk. The bay can be access by the Light-to-Light track or by Newtons Road service trail from Edrom Rd.

Drive from Ben Boyd Car park information sign
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

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

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From the end of the walk

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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 20.7 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 24.4 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 48.9 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 133.6 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 133.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 12 km (to the NNW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 38 km (to the NW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 49 km (to the SW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
85 km (to the NW)
7 PKA07 Wandella Trig PEAK ALONE 90 km (to the N)

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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% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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