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If your hiking fantasies feature rugged shores, whale sightings, and lodging by a lighthouse, have you found something for yourself! Welcome to the Australian Light to Light Walk, one of New South Wales’ premier hikes. A 4-day, 25-mile escapade hugging the coast between the historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. The aptly named Sapphire Coast lives up to its name with breathtaking ocean views. But that’s only scratching the surface! Get lost in marshland forests, explore red rock formations, stroll on sandy shores, and trace serene river estuaries. The best part? Everything is included, from logistics to two-course dinners, allowing you to just immerse yourself in the magic. Here’s to crashing waves, sweeping sunset vistas, and nights spent at the lighthouse—all in excellent company. Cheers!

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  • Sapphire Coast

    Enjoy the wonders of the rugged shores and the Beowa NP, featuring native forests, secluded beaches, and panoramic views

  • All-Inclusive Experience

    Spoil yourself with a hiking holiday that covers guidance, accommodations, meals, transportation, entry fees, and more!

  • Lighthouse Dreams

    Experience what it’s like to call a fairytale lighthouse and cottages your home after thrilling hikes

Itinerary

Embark on a 4-day Australian Light to Light Walk adventure along New South Wales' stunning Sapphire Coast. Starting in Merimbula, you'll hike from Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lightstation in Beowa National Park. Enjoy cozy accommodations at Green Cape Lightstation cottages, including meals, transportation, guided tours, museum visits, and National Park entry fees. With experienced local guides, this iconic ocean hike promises an unforgettable holiday. Plus, the carbon offset program ensures a sustainable adventure. Get ready for an extraordinary journey!

  • Meet your Light to Light Walk guides and fellow hikers at the preferred location in Merimbula.  The hike commences at Cocora Beach, where the new Bundian Way Story Trail leads you through native fauna-rich landscapes. Along the way, soak in sweeping coastal views over Twofold Bay, and discover beautifully crafted stories about the area’s rich history. Enjoy stops at the Budginbro Lookout and a sandy beach stroll, culminating at Quarantine Bay. Continuing your journey, you’ll head to Eden en route to Lake Curalo for an afternoon walk. The boardwalk and walking track meander around the lakeshore, through melaleuca forests and salt marshes, providing glimpses of reeds, fish, and a variety of bird species. At low tide, you can even cross the estuary with suitable shoes. After a day of coastal explorations, return to your cozy cottage at Green Cape Lightstation. Unwind with your fellow hikers and guides, enjoying pre-dinner activities, and savoring a sumptuous two-course meal before retreating to your room.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Accommodation: Green Cape Lightstation
    Hiking: 5 miles (8 km); 3.5 hours

    green cape lighthouse at sunset
  • Wake up in your cottage at Green Cape Lightstation and relish a hearty breakfast to fuel you for another day of hiking. Today it’s a trek from Green Cape to Mowarry Point, featuring sandy beaches, rocky bays, and sheltered inlets. Don’t miss the striking beauty of Leather Jacket Bay, with its scenic red rocks, and the tranquility of Mowarry’s sandy beach. Take advantage of numerous spots along the trail to rest, relax, and enjoy birdwatching. If you’re hiking between late May and early December, keep an eye out for the magnificent whales gracing the coast. Return to your cozy cottage for an afternoon of pre-dinner activities and delight in another two-course dinner cooked by your guides.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Green Cape Lightstation
    Hiking: 8.4 miles (13.5 km); 6 hours

    Red rock formations seen during the Light to Light Walk, Australia.
  • Another day of adventure begins with breakfast served in your cottage at Green Cape Lightstation. Following your morning meal, continue your journey along the stunning Light to Light trail, picking up where you left off the previous day. Your hike from Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay offers gently undulating terrain through coastal forests, heath, and rock platforms. Keep your eyes peeled for unique wildlife, including the endangered ground parrots or rare striated field wrens, among other surprises. Upon returning, take a last chance to enjoy some evening fun with fellow hikers after dinner—your adventure finishes tomorrow.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Green Cape Lightstation
    Hiking: 5.9 miles (9.5 km); 4-4.5 hours

    A secluded sandy beach, Sapphire Coast, Australia.
  • Prepare for your final day of hiking with the last breakfast at the Lightstation. Following breakfast and lunch preparations, pack your belongings into the Park Trek trailer, as you’re off for your last day of walking. This day presents two shorter walks, including the last section of the Light to Light Walk, following the historic route used by lightkeepers for years. As you travel north through Eden, make stops en route to Merimbula for your final walk of the trip: the Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach walk. This pleasant walk captures the pristine beauty of Beowa National Park, featuring rugged rock formations and dramatic cliff lines. After your final hike, return to Merimbula between 4.30 and 5 pm. If you have plans to fly out after the tour, please ensure your flight is not scheduled before 6.30 pm. Say goodbye to your guides, fellow hikers, and to Australia—or continue touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Hikers tackling the reggae shoreline in Beowa NP.
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Park Trek Walking Holidays
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Park Trek Walking Holidays
Founded in 2000, Park Trek Walking Holidays invites you to a fusion of wellness and nature amidst Australia's iconic landscapes. With a legacy spanning over two decades, they are experts in small-group, day-pack-only guided walks, ensuring you connect with the wonders of Australia's finest trails while preserving the environment. As Advanced Eco-Certified Tourism specialists, Park Trek champions 'Leave No Trace' principles, sources local supplies and accommodations, and celebrates the local communities they encounter with their guests. Their local guides infuse cultural and historical insights into your journey, elevating your outdoor experience.
5.00 (4 reviews)
Jenny Hartwig (source: Google Reviews)

Park Trek Walking Holidays were fantastic! I hope to do more walks with this group of helpful attentive fun people. They made our trip extra special with their helpful and knowledgeable guidance. Nothing was a drama and we were kept informed and care for the whole time.

Light to Light 4 day guided walk
Oyster (source: Tripadvisor)

We had a great experience walking the Light to Light walk in Southern NSW with Kurtis and Paul. The planning and itinerary was thoughtfully prepared, the meals and snacks plentiful and our guides were great conversationalists ensuring everyone in the group felt part of the experience together. And the scenery on the walk and at the Green Cape lighthouse was just amazing. We lost count of the number of whale sightings! We highly recommend walking the Light to Light with Park Trek and can’t wait to explore other Park Trek walks.

Amazing Scenery
neckadarcy (source: Tripadvisor)

My husband and I really enjoyed the trek. It is the first time we have done anything like this and at 68 and 72 we weren’t sure how we would go. We are both reasonably fit so thought we would give it a go. The guides were amazing giving us (particularly me) so much encouragement. Nothing was too much trouble and the provisions were great. It was difficult at times but well worth the effort for the amazing scenery.

Way Exceeded Expectation
clairew2014 (source: Tripadvisor)

From the get go, our guides, Andrew & Alistair made us feel welcomed. My husband and I were part of a small group exploring the ‘Sapphire Coast Light to Light’ trek with stunning accommodation at the Green Cape Lighthouse. The walk itself was so so beautiful, pretty easy going, and at a very civilised pace. We met only one other trekker – extraordinary. It was hard to leave the lighthouse each morning as we soaked up the morning sunshine and enjoyed whale spotting, along with seals, birds and in the dusk, wombats! It was our first experience of Park Trek and we look forward to doing more treks with them in the future. There was always lively conversation and conviviality. Highly recommend and a big thank you!!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, local hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4 days of hiking along the Light to Light Walk (Beowa NP and the Sapphire Coast)
      • Accommodation at cottages of the Green Cape Lightstation in twin rooms (3 nights)
      • All transportation during the adventure in a comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer
      • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 two-course dinners, along with trail mix, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake, and non-alcoholic drinks
      • A visit and a guided walk at the Eden Killer Whale Museum
      • All National Park entry fees
      • Carbon offset program

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the meeting point in Merimbula
      • Any accommodation before and after the tour (if applicable)
      • Alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To participate in the guided Light to Light walking tour on the Sapphire Coast, you need to be reasonably fit and have some basic hiking experience. The track primarily consists of hardened or compacted surfaces with occasional gentle hill sections, steps, and walks no greater than 6.2 miles (10 km). Over the 4-day adventure, you’ll be walking about 6.2 miles (10 km) a day and spending an average of 6 hours each day on the trail, carrying a daypack.

    Regular breaks will be scheduled during the hikes. In exceptional cases, if hiking becomes a challenge on a particular day, there will be an option to remain in your accommodation.

  • To prepare for this journey, it’s advisable to engage in cardiovascular activities and strength training in the weeks leading up to the tour. Additionally, practicing with full-day hikes on weekends, especially in hilly terrain, can be beneficial. Keep in mind that you’ll always have a guide accompanying you to provide support, assess your fitness level, and adjust the pace as needed.

  • Here’s what you need to bring to carry in a 20L daypack with a load bearing harness:

      • Rain jacket
      • Fleece jacket
      • Wide-brimmed hat for sunny days
      • Beanie or wool hat for cold days
      • Water bottle or drinking bladder (minimum 2 liters)
      • High factor sunscreen
      • Lip balm
      • Blister pads and/or tape for rubbing and blisters
      • Antiseptic hand gel
      • Sun glasses
      • Walking poles and gaiters — optional (but recommended)
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Binoculars — optional (but recommended)
      • Spare batteries for all devices/charger
      • Tupperware/container for packing your lunch

    You’ll also need a main bag (stays at accommodation) to carry items listed below:

      • 2 pairs of long and/or short pants (preferably loose-fitting, lightweight, and quick-drying)
      • 2 long-sleeved shirts
      • 4 T-shirts
      • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
      • Rain jacket or spray jacket
      • Swimming suit and towel (optional)
      • Hiking socks
      • Waterproof hiking shoes or boots
      • Thermal undergarments (if rain is expected)
      • Wool or fleece hat for cooler weather
      • Lightweight, quick-drying towel
      • Waterproof, reusable bag for worn clothing
      • Comfortable shoes and casual clothing for evenings
      • Underwear
      • Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, sanitary products, travel hairdryer, toothpaste, insect repellent, etc.)

    Please ensure your gear is in a soft bag, not a hard suitcase, to assist the guides in packing the trailer. Bring comfortable hiking clothing appropriate for the weather. Your packing list may change depending on the season, but it is necessary to be prepared for different conditions. There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing (and equipment)!

  • During the guided Light to Light hiking trip on the Sapphire Coast, you’ll lodge at the historic Green Cape Lightstation, nestled on a scenic peninsula within Beowa National Park. The accommodation features three beautifully restored cottages, each equipped with kitchen, dining, and lounge areas. With comfortable terraces that provide an ideal spot for whale watching, the cottages offer two or three bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and cozy open fireplaces for chilly winter evenings after your walks.

    Guests will share the cottages (and bathroom) with fellow travelers, and the accommodation provides options for either a double bed for couples or two single beds for twin sharing. It’s important to note that single rooms are available for an additional supplement, but their capacity is limited on this tour. Your knowledgeable guides will stay in a separate cottage on-site and will handle the preparation and service of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner in one of the guest cottages.

  • During the guided Light to Light hiking adventure on the Sapphire Coast, you’ll savor hearty, home-style meals that showcase the region’s fresh produce, including local cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats. These meals not only support local farmers but also minimize food miles. Your dietary preferences will be accommodated if specified when booking. Breakfast offers a continental spread with cereals, yogurt, fruit, and more.

    Lunches are diverse, often featuring meat, salad, bread, and occasionally roasted chicken.
    Dinners are casual two-course affairs prepared by your guides, featuring dishes like classic roast lamb or curry, along with delightful desserts like apple crumble or seasonal fruit salad. In addition to the main meals, you’ll have snacks and antipasto during the trip, with fresh fruit for the trail, biscuits, and fruit cake for tea breaks. Pre-dinner nibbles include dips, cheese, and crackers. You’ll also find a self-serve trail mix selection at the start of each day.

    While the tour doesn’t include alcoholic beverages, you’re welcome to bring your wine or beer along, just be sure to pack bottled wine carefully to prevent breakages.

    If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please leave a note for your guide when booking, they can accommodate most dietary requirements.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the maximum number of participants is 10 and the tour operates with two guides for a maximum 5:1 client-to-guide ratio.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in the Light to Light Walk along the Sapphire Coast can be arranged for larger and for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Merimbula, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Canberra Airport. From here, you can take a bus ride or rent a car. It will take you between 3 and 5 hours to get to your destination. Alternatively, you can fly into Melbourne Airport or Sydney Airport and take shuttle service from there.

    Note that Sydney and Melbourne are quite a distance away and the bus journey would take you between 5 and 9 hours. Instead of renting a car or taking a shuttle, you can also fly into Merimbula Airport from Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney.

    You’ll meet your guide and fellow hikers at one of two convenient locations in Merimbula: 50 Main St (Merimbula RSL) at 7.45 am or 33 Ocean Drive (Cranky Café) at 8.15 am.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the trail, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • For set dates, a 200$ non-refundable deposit is due upon booking to secure your place. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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