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Boyd Tower
Time: 15 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: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 15 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 15 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
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

This walk in Ben Boyd National Park is a magnificent way to explore the heritage of Boyd Tower. There are plenty of information signs that enrich the story of the stunning structure and history of the area. Boyd Tower is the centre piece of this walk and is well worth a visit. The bottom of the tower is open to the public and makes this piece of history that much more interesting when exploring. There are two optional side trips to two lookouts with very different views, one is wheelchair accessible, the other is down a very steep set of steps. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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Ben Boyd car park
Int. Boyds Tower and Lookout Trks
Int. Boyds Tower and Lookout Trks
Boyds Tower
Starting point for this hiking track: Ben Boyd car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Print a map and track notes here
 Eden 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88231N 
 Eden 1:100 000 Map Series 8823 

Photo Gallery

Information sign in Boyd Tower car park
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Inside of Boyd Tower
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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 bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Boyd Tower bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Boyd Tower bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Boyd Tower bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 580m
Time 15 mins

Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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.
This whole walk, 290m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 290m follows a smooth and hardened path.

This whole walk, 290m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 290m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 290m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 290m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Ben Boyd car park to Boyd Tower Intersection
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 282 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
From the car park, this walk follows 'Boyd Tower 300m' arrow[1] along the asphalt footpath, between the timber bollards[2][fac=8231] to pass the information sign[3][4] (and parking pay station, on the left). The path leads gently downhill for 45m to pass a 'Welcome to Ben Boyd NP and Boyd's Tower' information sign[5][fac=8232] then the path meanders for 150m through the melaleuca forest to find a seat[fac=8233] and the 'Gambling on the Future'[6] & 'Boyd's Folly?'[7] information signs. Just 35m further along the path you pass another seat[fac=8234] with pleasant coastline view[8]. From here the path starts to lead gently uphill for 50m to come to a clear 3-way intersection[9] (with a timber path and Boyd Tower on the left).

(0.28 km) Int. Boyds Tower and Lookout Trks to Red Point Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 43 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the asphalt footpath towards the sea, keeping the tower a short distance to the left. The path leads over a small rise then in about 20m leads down a very steep and narrow set of steps[10] to the fenced Red Point Lookout[11][12] and 'Stony History' information sign[13].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Red Point Lookout Alt = 15 m
Red Point Lookout is in Ben Boyd National park and is accessed by a clear but very steep set of steps from Boyd Tower. The lookout is fenced[14] and has a sign explaining a bit about the local geology[15]. The lookout provides a great view south, down the coast of the park[16]. A great example of folded rocks[17] is clearly visible where the sandstone and metamorphosed red siltstone were compressed and bent to form distinct arches.

(0.28 km) Int. Boyds Tower and Lookout Trks to Boyds Tower
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 9 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the timber board walk[18] gently up to come to the front entrance of Boyd Tower[19].

Boyds Tower Alt = 21 m
Boyds Tower[20] was commissioned by Benjamin Boyd [21] and originally designed to be a lighthouse. After the Government rejected the proposal of the private lighthouse, Boyd changed tact and built the Sydney sandstone tower for whale spotting. The tower gave his whaling ships a strong advantage over other whalers in the area. [22]
Built in 1847, Boyds Tower is a large sandstone tower on the southern head of Twofold Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The top of the tower bears the BOYD title, and boast several viewing points. The ground floor of the tower is open to the public and is well worth exploring.
Boyd was declared bankrupt soon after completing the tower and left Australia for the Californian goldfields. Boyd died in the Solomon Islands in 1851 whilst hunting game.

"Ben Boyd's Tower is watching -
Watching o'er the sea
Ben Boyd's Tower is waiting
For her and me." Henry Lawson (1910)

The bottom floor of the tower is open to the public via a 1.2m wide sandstone door frame[23].

(0.29 km) Boyds Tower to Twofold Bay lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 91 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the entrance of Boyd Tower[24] this walk follows the timber boardwalk around to the back of the tower (keeping the tower to the left). The walk continues along the boardwalk gently downhill for about 25m to pass a 'Waiting for whales' information sign[25]. The walk continues along the boardwalk away from the tower for another 30m to pass the 'Whaling Frenzy' information sign[26], then just another 25m to a seat[fac=8235][27] then the fenced Twofold Bay lookout platform[28].

Twofold Bay Lookout Alt = 11 m
Twofold Bay Lookout[29] (not officially named) is in Ben Boyd National Park, on the southern headland of Twofolds Bay. The lookout is accessed via a boardwalk from Boyds Tower. The lookout platform has a 1m high metal fenced and is wheelchair-accessible. There is a bench seat[fac=8235] near the lookout to rest and enjoy the view. The view looks north-west[30] across the bay to Eden, Boyd Town and Edrom to the left, and out over the South Pacific Ocean on the right[31].

Drive from Ben Boyd car park
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.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Boyd Tower
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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 8 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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