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Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout
Time: 7 hrs 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: 18.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 18.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 601 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 601 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

This longer day walk starts near Boyd Tower and heads to Mowarry Point, meandering down the coast of Ben Boyd National Park. On the way there are plenty of picturesque coastline views, with the stark red rock forming a great contrast. Views of Boyd Tower and of the coastal rocks are common along the walk as it passes through Red Sands and Leather Jacket bays. Approaching Mowarry Point is an open grass land giving a perspective of how far you have walked (and need to walk back) from Boyd tower car park. A great way of exploring the first stage of the famous Light to Light walk in a day. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout
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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
Leatherjacket Bay
Int. Newtons Rd and Leather Jacket Bay Trail
Int. Newtons Rd and Sth Leather Jacket Point
Mowarry Bay car park
Mowarry Creek Nth bank
Mowarry Creek Sth bank
Int. Light to Light Trk and Mowarry Beach Trk
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 
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 Green Cape 1:100 000 Map Series 8923 
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Photo Gallery

 
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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 +

 
Views from side track
 
Views from side track +
 
View south of the coast
 
View south of the coast +
 
One of many track markers bolted to trees
 
One of many track markers bolted to trees +

 
One of many fallen trees across the track
 
One of many fallen trees across the track +
 
Boyd Tower from the Light to Light walk
 
Boyd Tower from the Light to Light walk +
 
Bird sunning itself on the rock
 
Bird sunning itself on the rock +

 
Boyd Tower from the Light to Light walk
 
Boyd Tower from the Light to Light walk +
 
White post marking the track
 
White post marking the track +
 
Rock folds in bay wall
 
Rock folds in bay wall +

 
Red rock in red sands bay
 
Red rock in red sands bay +
 
Arrow marker in red sands bay
 
Arrow marker in red sands bay +
 
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 +
 
Service trail from red sands bay to Leather Jacket Bay
 
Service trail from red sands bay to Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Arrow marker beside service trail
 
Arrow marker beside service trail +

 
Leather Jacket Bay
 
Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Clearing behind Leather Jacket Bay
 
Clearing behind Leather Jacket Bay +
 
Signposted above Leather Jacket Bay
 
Signposted above Leather Jacket Bay +

 
Small bridge over creek bed
 
Small bridge over creek bed +
 
Walkers near Mowarry Point
 
Walkers near Mowarry Point +
 
Mowarry Point car park
 
Mowarry Point car park +

 
Track through cut log
 
Track through cut log +
 
Light to Light walk over a creek
 
Light to Light walk over a creek +
 
Track heading south up to Mowarry Point
 
Track heading south up to Mowarry Point +

 
Mowarry Point signpost
 
Mowarry Point signpost +
 
Arrow marker through grass land
 
Arrow marker through grass land +
 
Arrow marker through the heath
 
Arrow marker through the heath +

 
Heath
 
Heath +
 
Track through the thick bush to Mowarry Point
 
Track through the thick bush to Mowarry Point +
 
View from Mowarry Point Lookout
 
View from Mowarry Point Lookout +

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 Mowarry Point Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout 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 18km
Time 7 hrs
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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
5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3km is very steep. The remaining (740m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 7km 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
6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (1.3km) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 8km 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 4.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4.3km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

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.

(4.66 km) Leatherjacket Bay to Mowarry Bay car park
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.67 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 113 m Descent = -108 m
Turn right: From the clearing, this walk follows the sign up the hill along the service trail, away from the clearing and the bay. The track soon comes to a signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Mowarry Point' up the hill. The track winds up the hill to continue across the ridge, with the track soon heading down the hill over large speed bumps. The walk comes to a small bridge over a creek bed, after which it leads up a hill, tending left to head across the flat to an unsignposted intersection on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, leaving a track behind on the left. This walk leads down into a saddle, to rise up again along a section of yellow dirt service trail. The track continues to undulate and wind for some time, with views of the ocean appearing on the left of the track under the trees. The track then leads down the hill, tending right for some time to the signposted cul-de-sac at Mowarry car park.

(7.32 km) Mowarry Bay car park to Mowarry Creek Sth bank
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 77 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Mowarry Point 500m', down the hill. The track leaves the car park through the gap in the logs and tends right, heading down the hillside to an intersection (with a track marker present), above a creek.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker down the stairs and upstream of the creek, to turn left across the rocky creek bed. The walk heads up the stairs, leading to a service trail.

(7.4 km) Mowarry Creek Sth bank to Mowarry lookout
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.75 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 56 m Descent = -47 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign up the hill, tending left. The track soon meets a flatter area where this walk comes into sight of a beach, below on the left. The walk passes two access tracks on the left which lead down to the beach. The track continues to a small clearing at an intersection, marked by an arrow.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the ocean below on the left. The track winds up the hillside to a large signpost 'Mowarry Point'. This walk follows the arrow to 'Saltwater Creek 5.4km' into an open grassland, following numerous track markers through the open grass area and patches of heath. The walk soon turns right, up the hill, keeping the ocean well below to the left of the track. The track then enters and winds through an area of heath. Many trees cover the tracks and trodden paths in this part of the walk. The track passes through these trees to a clearing with views towards Boyd Tower and waves crashing below.

Mowarry Point lookout Alt = 0 m
Mowarry Point lookout is an informal vantage on Mowarry Point in Ben Boyd National Park. There is no signage or other infrastructure. The lookout provides a unobstructed view to the north and north-east, along the coast of Ben Boyd National Park. The view extends up to Eden, into Twofold Bay and out over the South Pacific Ocean. There are some Melaleuca trees that offer limited shade.

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
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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 Mowarry Point Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Boyd Tower to Mowarry Point Lookout
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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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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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