Bittangabee Bay to Bittangabee Creek
Yuin Country

40 min to 45 min

1.8 km
return

↑ 36 m
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Moderate track
This walk winds into the beautiful Bittangabee Bay, after passing the historic Imlay House ruins. Starting from Bittangabee picnic area, the walk heads to the creek feeding Bittangabee Bay on its north west corner. The tracknotes mention an alternate route, running closer to the coast, potentially making this into a loop walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign above Bittangabee picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Creek flowing to beach at Bittangabee. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track up to Bittangabee picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign before split for Imlays House ruins. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flowers over track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View throughthe trees of Bittangabee Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down from Imlays House. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Light to Light track split near Bittangabee bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track north of Imlays House ruins. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track over Bittangabee Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bittangabee Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bittangabee Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.2167421,150.0148564)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Imlay Street, A1
  • Turn on to Mitchell Street, A1 then drive for 18.3 km
  • Turn left onto Edrom Road and drive for another 5.7 km
  • Turn right onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 11.2 km
  • Turn left onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 4.6 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Bittangabee Road and drive for another 3 km
  • Turn left onto Bittangabee Road and drive for another 160 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the picnic area, the walk follows the sign to 'Saltwater Creek 9.0km' down the hill, keeping the road above on the left. The track heads down the hillside and crosses a rocky creek bed, then leads up the hill to an information sign marking the intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Light to Light Walk.
Bittangabee Bay Beach (about 105 m back from the start).
Bittangabee Bay Beach
Bittangabee Bay Beach

Bittangabee Bay Beach, Ben Boyd National Park, is a small beach at the south-western corner of the bay. The beach can be accessed by a short walk from Bittangabee picnic area in Ben Boyd National Park. The yellow sand beach has a small creek and lagoon behind. The beach also has rock platforms at each end and is fairly well-protected from swells, being tucked away in the bay. The historic storehouse is visible on the shore to the right.
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Bittangabee Bay Beach, Ben Boyd National Park, is a small beach at the south-western corner of the bay. The beach can be accessed by a short walk from Bittangabee picnic area in Ben Boyd National Park. The yellow sand beach has a small creek and lagoon behind. The beach also has rock platforms at each end and is fairly well-protected from swells, being tucked away in the bay. The historic storehouse is visible on the shore to the right.

There is a car park (about 60 m back from the start).
After 75 m find the "Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area" (on your left).
Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area
Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area

Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area is near Bittangabee Bay and camp area in Ben Boyd National Park. The picnic area is a day-use only area with a few picnic tables, an electric BBQ and a pit toilet. There is a reasonable amount of natural shade, and is close to a car park. There is short walk to the beach and ruins at Bittangabee Bay. The picnic area is well signposted on the loop road near the Bittangabee camping area.
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Bittangabee Bay Picnic Area is near Bittangabee Bay and camp area in Ben Boyd National Park. The picnic area is a day-use only area with a few picnic tables, an electric BBQ and a pit toilet. There is a reasonable amount of natural shade, and is close to a car park. There is short walk to the beach and ruins at Bittangabee Bay. The picnic area is well signposted on the loop road near the Bittangabee camping area.

After another 30 m pass the toilet (70 m on your left).
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternative route linking Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Sth to Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Nth. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 95 m veer left.
After another 215 m find the "Imlay House" (on your right).
Imlay House
Imlay House

Imlay House ruins still show the foundations of a house built by the Imlay brothers in 1844. The ruins are found in Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, along the Light to Light track. The house was to be a station for the Imlay family to further their grazing and whaling in the area. It appears the stone house was never completed, with the brothers dying in 1846 (George) and 1847 (Alexander). Soon after the Imlay brothers died, Benjamin Boyd began using the bay for his own whaling company in 1848.
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Imlay House ruins still show the foundations of a house built by the Imlay brothers in 1844. The ruins are found in Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, along the Light to Light track. The house was to be a station for the Imlay family to further their grazing and whaling in the area. It appears the stone house was never completed, with the brothers dying in 1846 (George) and 1847 (Alexander). Soon after the Imlay brothers died, Benjamin Boyd began using the bay for his own whaling company in 1848.

The alternate route finishes here. Continue straight to rejoin the main route at the 530 m waypoint. Details below.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 345 m come to a ford.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 880 m to get back to the start.
"Bittangabee Creek".
Bittangabee Creek
Bittangabee Creek

Bittangabee Creek is a small creek feeding Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The creek enters the bay and is crossed by the Light to Light track about 800m north-west of Bittangabee Campsite. The creek provides a quiet place for people to paddle and relax.
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Bittangabee Creek is a small creek feeding Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The creek enters the bay and is crossed by the Light to Light track about 800m north-west of Bittangabee Campsite. The creek provides a quiet place for people to paddle and relax.


An alternative route linking Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Sth to Int. Coast and Ruins Trks Nth.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Light to Light Walk.
After another 430 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
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Bittangabee Bay to Bittangabee Creek


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.8 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 60 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
60 m[toilet]
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