The Outdorian Magazine - Page 20



We visited the northern section of the park first, between
Pulpit Rock, which serves as a good introduction to the full
the coastal towns of Eden and Merimbula. This section is
walk. The track stays mostly in view of the cliff line, crossing
free to visit, and while there’s no camping, it does provide
open expanses of heath. It was a great area for wildlife, with
some excellent day visits. Pinnacle Rock is a short walk to
snakes and echidnas along the track, sea eagles soaring
an eroded slab of cliff line cast in vivid layers of orange and
overhead, and with emu-wrens, ground parrots and other
white. Personally, the colours and formations reminded me
uncommon bird species hiding within the heath.
of the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Arizona, USA.
As for camping, the park boasts two well-equipped
Beyond this, there are several beaches popular for fishing
campgrounds, although they aren’t exactly cheap at $24
and swimming, although my pick goes to the tranquil
plus the day use fee. Saltwater Creek’s the slightly more
Severs Beach. After a short walk, you can find it hidden just
remote of the two, with a nice beach and a few shallow
within the mouth of a wide coastal river.
lagoons, while Bittangabee Bay hides a spectacular
The southern section hides the brunt of the park, and is
a vast area of largely unspoilt wilderness, aside from the
unfortunate logging grounds seen on the way in. At its
most northerly point sits the historic whaling station, as
well as Boyd’s Tower and the remnants of Boydtown.
To the south, the drive in is about 25kms of 2WD-accessible
dirt road which starts through tall groves of coastal forest,
before falling into casurina woodland. Day use fees of $8
apply here, and there’s a pay station by a nice lookout over
Disaster Bay.
turquoise cove bordered by rust-red rocks and the verdant
forest beyond. There seemed to be no shortage of wallabies,
wombats and lyrebirds around Bittangabee campsite, and
we even had a few bandicoots and ring-tailed possums
hanging around after dark.
Just to the south, Nadgee Nature Reserve is a huge swathe
of pure wilderness, with a few established walks hiding
more rugged coastal scenery, and longer overnight hikes
for those looking to really escape for a few days.
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The headland soon begins to narrow, with the landscape
transforming into coastal heath. There are a few worthwhile
side trips, in particular the short walks to City Rock and
Pulpit Rock, featuring some of those great coastal rock
formations. At the end, Greencape Lighthouse rises from
the rocky headland as it crumbles into the ocean. We had a
brief glimpse of some passing humpback whales from atop
the lookout here.
This section of coast has been the site of numerous
shipwrecks over the years, hence the aptly named Disaster
Bay just around the corner. The lighthouse was built in 1883,
although ultimately the wrecks continued. One such wreck,
the Ly-ee-moon, sank in 1886, and a nearby graveyard
honours the 76 victims.
The Greencape Lighthouse is also the start (or end) of the
Light to Light walk; a 30km trail that traverses the entire
southern section of the park, all the way to Boyd’s Tower.
We only tackled the first section from the Lighthouse to
OUTDORIAN MAGAZINE ISSUE THREE
Bordering on awesome
We love the eastern border region of New South
Wales and Victoria. The fishing is amazing from
Mallacoota to Merimbula and there’s one-of-a-kind
finds around every corner.
Head to www.goseeaustralia.com.au/eden and get
planning for some good times!

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