Green Cape Lighthouse and Lookout
Yuin Country

20 min to 30 min
38 min to 1 h

820 m
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Easy track
This short stroll provides the most stunning views in the park, especially on a sunny day. You will wander past the old telegraph station, light house cottages to find the towering white & blue historic Green Cape Lighthouse. The green grass, blue sky and tower is a photographers dream. Continue along the boardwalk to pass the modern lighthouse and find the stunning rugged red rock coastal views from the fenced lookout at the tip of Green Cape. Don't forget to look back at the lighthouse from the lookout, there really are 360-degree views. 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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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
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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 (-37.2595414,150.0479313)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Edrom Road then drive for 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 6.8 km
  • Continue onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 2.6 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the dirt car park at the end of Green Cape Lighthouse Rd, this walk leads past the manual park entry fees station to then turn right following the 'Walkway to Lighthouse' sign along the boardwalk, gently uphill. The walk leads past the 'toilet' sign and continues along the boardwalk (now with handrail) to come to a 3-way intersection and a large sheltered 'Enjoying Green Cape' information sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 5 m veer right.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the Green Cape at the start.
Green Cape
Green Cape

Green Cape is a headland at the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park, forming the northern head of Disaster Bay. The cape's traditional owners are the people of the Yuin nation, from whom there remains evidence of a number of camps in the area. The cape was named 'Green Point' by Matthew Flinders in 1798. The area began its notorious fame in 1802 when eight of Flinders' crew disappeared when fetching water, in what he then appropriately named 'Disaster Bay'. The Imlay brothers and Boyd both established whaling business in the area in the early to mid 1800's, leaving several buildings in the park. There were many shipwrecks in the surrounding waters, the most famous being the SS Ly-ee-moon, whose victims are buried on the cape. The most visible feature on the cape is the 29-metre high lighthouse that is still operational today. NPWS run 1-hour tours of the site based on bookings . There is a composting toilet at the car park at the end of Green Cape Road. Accommodation is also available in the renovated lighthouse keeper cottages.
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Green Cape is a headland at the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park, forming the northern head of Disaster Bay. The cape's traditional owners are the people of the Yuin nation, from whom there remains evidence of a number of camps in the area. The cape was named 'Green Point' by Matthew Flinders in 1798. The area began its notorious fame in 1802 when eight of Flinders' crew disappeared when fetching water, in what he then appropriately named 'Disaster Bay'. The Imlay brothers and Boyd both established whaling business in the area in the early to mid 1800's, leaving several buildings in the park. There were many shipwrecks in the surrounding waters, the most famous being the SS Ly-ee-moon, whose victims are buried on the cape. The most visible feature on the cape is the 29-metre high lighthouse that is still operational today. NPWS run 1-hour tours of the site based on bookings . There is a composting toilet at the car park at the end of Green Cape Road. Accommodation is also available in the renovated lighthouse keeper cottages.

After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 35 m find the "Toilet" (30 m on your right).
Toilet
Toilet

Unisex non-flushing toilet. Entrance is 85cm wide, toilet seat 39cm high, handrails 77cm high. Floor space is 1.5x2.4m. Tank water tap 1m high.
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Unisex non-flushing toilet. Entrance is 85cm wide, toilet seat 39cm high, handrails 77cm high. Floor space is 1.5x2.4m. Tank water tap 1m high.

Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 115 m find the "Green Cape Telegraph Station" (6 m on your left).
Green Cape Telegraph Station
Green Cape Telegraph Station

Green Cape Telegraph Station was established in 1882. The station acted as a relay station, re-sending ship-to-shore messages from boats passing by. Ships, and communication staff on Green Cape, would use semaphore flags to communicate a message. When required, the messages could also be relayed using Morse code. The telegraph station is a white concrete building with a tin roof. The building has a blue painted base and is less than 100m north of Green Cape Lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park.
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Green Cape Telegraph Station was established in 1882. The station acted as a relay station, re-sending ship-to-shore messages from boats passing by. Ships, and communication staff on Green Cape, would use semaphore flags to communicate a message. When required, the messages could also be relayed using Morse code. The telegraph station is a white concrete building with a tin roof. The building has a blue painted base and is less than 100m north of Green Cape Lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park.

Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 30 m find the "Cape Lighthouse Keepers" (20 m on your left).
Cape Lighthouse Keepers
Cape Lighthouse Keepers

The Cape Lighthouse Keepers' cottages is a large concrete building near Green Cape Lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park. There are two cottages that have been refurbished, each sleeping up to 6 guests and boasting 3.5 stars. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom, lounge room (with sofa bed), Master bedroom (Queen) and second bedroom (2 singles). The price starts from $250 a night per cottage. Bookings are essential, for more info call NPWS on 13000 72757 or online
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The Cape Lighthouse Keepers' cottages is a large concrete building near Green Cape Lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park. There are two cottages that have been refurbished, each sleeping up to 6 guests and boasting 3.5 stars. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom, lounge room (with sofa bed), Master bedroom (Queen) and second bedroom (2 singles). The price starts from $250 a night per cottage. Bookings are essential, for more info call NPWS on 13000 72757 or online

After another 150 m pass the man_made|lighthouse (8 m on your left).
Then find the "Green Cape Lighthouse" (10 m on your left).
Green Cape Lighthouse
Green Cape Lighthouse

Green Cape Lighthouse is a majestic, 29 meter tall, white octagon-shaped, concrete and blue stone monolith, at the southern tip of Ben Boyd National Park. The lighthouse construction was tendered in 1880 and Albert Aspinall started construction in 1881. He built a timber tram line from Bittangabee Bay to transport materials. After having to dig footing much deeper than expected, in addition to dealing with workers' disputes, Aspinall went broke and his creditors completed the project. The original lantern was oil-fired and was visible 19NM out to sea. Today, the lighthouse still operates with a solar-powered electric light. The lighthouse buildings and grounds can be visited on a tour, otherwise enjoyed from outside the fence. The lighthouse was functionally replaced with a more modern metal tower 60m down the hill in 1992.
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Green Cape Lighthouse is a majestic, 29 meter tall, white octagon-shaped, concrete and blue stone monolith, at the southern tip of Ben Boyd National Park. The lighthouse construction was tendered in 1880 and Albert Aspinall started construction in 1881. He built a timber tram line from Bittangabee Bay to transport materials. After having to dig footing much deeper than expected, in addition to dealing with workers' disputes, Aspinall went broke and his creditors completed the project. The original lantern was oil-fired and was visible 19NM out to sea. Today, the lighthouse still operates with a solar-powered electric light. The lighthouse buildings and grounds can be visited on a tour, otherwise enjoyed from outside the fence. The lighthouse was functionally replaced with a more modern metal tower 60m down the hill in 1992.

Then find the "Seat" (5 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A white painted timber bench seat, 27cm high, 20cm deep and 89cm wide with no arm or backrest.
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A white painted timber bench seat, 27cm high, 20cm deep and 89cm wide with no arm or backrest.

After another 20 m find the "Picnic Table" (25 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 71cm high, 91cm deep and 2.5m wide. The seats are 49cm high, 35cm deep and 2.5m wide (no backrest). The ground on one side of the table is eroded.
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 71cm high, 91cm deep and 2.5m wide. The seats are 49cm high, 35cm deep and 2.5m wide (no backrest). The ground on one side of the table is eroded.

Then find the "Trip Hazard" (5 m on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

The boardwalk is slightly elevated and has an ungraded side with a 25cm drop to the side.
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The boardwalk is slightly elevated and has an ungraded side with a 25cm drop to the side.

After another 15 m pass the man_made|lighthouse (6 m on your right).
Continue another 55 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 410 m to get back to the start.
"Green Cape Lookout".
Green Cape Lookout
Green Cape Lookout

The lookout at the point of Green Cape, at the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park, provides great views out to sea and along the coast. On the right, the view extends across Disaster Bay to Nadgee Nature Reserve and down into Victoria. To the left, there are views north along rugged sea cliffs and views of Green Cape Lighthouse and accommodation. An information sign at the lookout tells some of the story of the Ly-ee-moon tragedy. The lookout platform is fenced (1.07m high). There are no seats at the lookout.
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The lookout at the point of Green Cape, at the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park, provides great views out to sea and along the coast. On the right, the view extends across Disaster Bay to Nadgee Nature Reserve and down into Victoria. To the left, there are views north along rugged sea cliffs and views of Green Cape Lighthouse and accommodation. An information sign at the lookout tells some of the story of the Ly-ee-moon tragedy. The lookout platform is fenced (1.07m high). There are no seats at the lookout.

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Terrain
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Green Cape Lighthouse and Lookout


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 820 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Naturally Accessible
Slope summary:
No steps, mostly gentle slopes, some short sections are steeper than 1:10.

Surface summary:
The car park has a rough dirt surface, the majority of the walk follows a hard fibreglass mesh footpath, with short grass growing through it.

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 335 m from the start.


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