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Disaster Bay Lookout
Time: 10 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
20.6 km SSE of Eden
Length: 0.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 11 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 11 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
Walk: Easy

This is a very short walk to a spectacular lookout. If you are in the area heading to Green Cape, then you really must stop off and soak up the view. Disaster Bay is named in memory of all the ships that have run aground in the region. On a sunny day, the views of the ocean, long beach and Nadgee Nature Reserve are remarkable - such a contrast to the memory of the lost ships and lives. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


Disaster Bay Lookout bushwalking track notes
Map of Disaster Bay Lookout
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Disaster Bay LO car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Disaster Bay LO 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
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Kiah 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88231S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 
 Eden 1:100 000 Map Series 8823 

Photo Gallery






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 Disaster Bay Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Disaster Bay Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Disaster Bay Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Disaster Bay Lookout 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 50m
Time 10 mins

Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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, 25m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 25m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

This whole walk, 25m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 25m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 25m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 25m 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 Disaster Bay LO car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
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|

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Disaster Bay LO car park Alt = 136 m
The Disaster Bay lookout car park is signposted[1] off the side of Green Cape Lighthouse Rd (a 15km dirt road drive from Edrom Rd). The unsealed area[2] can park about 15 cars (no marked parking bays). The car park has a sheltered information sign[3] and a manual pay station for park use fees[4].

(0 km) Disaster Bay LO car park to Disaster Bay Lookout
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 26 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
From sheltered information sign in the Disaster Bay lookout car park, this walk heads downhill across the dirt car park towards the water view. After about 10m the walk leads over some tree root steps[fac=8394] then comes to the timber boardwalk. The walk follows the fenced timber board walk to come to the lookout, a seat[fac=8236] and spectacular views.

Disaster Bay Lookout Alt = 125 m
Disaster Bay Lookout is found in Ben Boyd National Park and provides spectacular views over Disaster Bay and Nadgee Nature Reserve & wilderness area. There is a seat[fac=8236] and a 1.1m high fence[5] around the lookout. Midway along Disaster Bay beach is the mouth of Wonboyn River and Bay Cliff. On the far side, you can also see the mouth of Merrica River. There have been at least 27 ships that have been lost from Merimbula to Disaster Bay [6], suggesting the name is apt. The 'City of Sydney' is the first recorded ship to run aground in this bay (at City Rocks). It was an iron steamer, built at Glasgow,
hit the shoreline in fog whilst under steam from Melbourne to Sydney on 6 October 1862.

Drive from Disaster Bay LO car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
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 35.8 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 39.4 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 64 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 147.9 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 147.7 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Disaster Bay Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Disaster Bay Lookout
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 27 km (to the NNW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 44 km (to the WSW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 51 km (to the NW)
8 DEL08 O`Brien/Country Energy/Police Site MT DELEGATE 98 km (to the W)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
98 km (to the NW)

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 7 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% 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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