Join us for a unique 6-day guided Family Adventure to the NSW Far South Coast, in the NSW Christmas school holidays from 21st - 26th January 2019!
This unique adventure takes in some of the most spectacular parts of the NSW Far South Coast. We will be hiking the famed Light to Light Walk, camping at three different spectacular beaches, and finishing with two nights in the historic Green Cape Lightstation Keepers Cottages. Share the stunning vistas, crystal clear waters, coastal views, pristine heathland vegetation and unique wildlife with your family!
Dates: Monday 21st to Saturday 26th January 2019 (in NSW School Holidays)
Accommodation: 3 nights camping under the stars, 2 nights in private cottage at Green Cape Lightstation.
Food: Lunch x 4, Dinner x 5, Breakfast x 5 and Refreshments (wholefood, nutritious meals with vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Max group size: 8
Investment: $1850 per person - please contact us to discuss family discounts
Most treks out there simply aren’t set up for families but we’ve designed another one for you that is perfect for parents with children aged 8-16 who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. It combines a mixture of stunning scenery, mostly easy to moderate trekking terrain with enough challenge to give children a real sense of achievement.
Being with other families is also a great motivator for children to hike and explore. They will love being out in the open air in a safe place where they can run around to their hearts content, without screens and technology getting in the way of communication and fun. What could be better for a family adventure!
The trip will be led by Helen Cooper, experienced trekking guide and mother-of-two with teaching qualifications and tons of experience hiking with children. If you have a child younger that 8 who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.
Day 1: Merimbula to Hobart Beach Campground (1-2 hours hiking)
We will pick you up from Merimbula Airport to meet the afternoon flight from Sydney. If you would prefer to drive, we will meet you directly at Hobart Beach Campground. We will explore the area, have a dip, and hike around the sandy shores of Wallagoot Lake. Tonight you’ll enjoy a delicious, fresh cooked dinner under the glow of a million stars. D
Day 2: Hobart Beach to Saltwater Creek Camp (6 hours hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll drive south to Boyds Tower in Ben Boyd National Park to begin our hike. We will spend the day meandering through beautiful heathland dotted with Banksias, along sandy beaches and across rocks that vary from sandstone to fine red gravel. We will stop for lunch along the way in the shade of some Melaleuca trees at Mowarry Point, where we will get an excellent vantage point of the National Park to the north and north-east. We will continue our hike past the Red Cliffs, made of red siltstone and onward to Saltwater Creek Camp for a relaxing evening. B/L/D
Day 3: Saltwater Creek Camp to Bittangabee Camp (3-4 hours hiking)
After breakfast and an invigorating dip in the ocean, we’ll pack up camp and head south towards Hegarty's Bay. The bay has many small boulders which fade to rock shelves at each end, and is walled by spectacular red cliffs. The track climbs slightly towards the Black Cliffs which provide a great vantage point to the ocean. After a lazy lunch taking in the scenery, we’ll continue along past Imlay House Ruins to the campsite at Bittangabee Bay. We may even throw in a line to see if we can catch fish for dinner! B/L/D
Day 4: Bittangabee Camp to Green Cape Lighthouse (4 hours hiking)
After a leisurely breakfast and cooling dip in the ocean, we will drop in at Bittangabee Storehouse Ruins which was used as a base to transport materials and supplies to Green Cape Lighthouse. We will then continue our hike south, stopping long the way to explore the rock platform of Pulpit Rock which contains a diverse population of marine life, and possibly see some seals! After a filling lunch, we will continue our hike towards the majestic Green Cape Lighthouse. After a tour of the 29m tall lighthouse, we will be able to have a hot shower, and eat a delicious meal cooked fresh for you while watching the waves crash over the cliffs below. B/L/D
Day 5: Green Cape Lighthouse
Today will be a relaxing day to do at your own pace. We will begin with a delicious fully cooked breakfast to start the day in style. You can choose to either stay around the lighthouse and explore the area, hike down to Disaster Bay and around Wonboyn Lake, or head further south towards Malacoota by car. We will provide any transport and support you in any way that is necessary to make the day as relaxing and enjoyable, or challenging and energetic as you choose. In the evening we will cook another fantastic dinner to be shared with you and your family. B/L/D
Day 6: Green Cape Lighthouse to Merimbula
On our final morning we will have another tasty breakfast, and bid our farewell to the powerful coastline here. We will head back into Merimbula in time for the morning flight to Sydney. If you are driving back, you can leave in your own time. What an energising experience you will have had with your family, having spent quality time together in the outdoors, feeling relaxed before the year ahead. You will feel on top of the world! B
We will be walking with backpacks for between 4-6 hours for 3 of the days. The other days we will be walking with day packs. The trek is suitable for parents and children aged 8 or above who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. Parents can opt to carry most of the gear for their children. Moderate fitness required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some uneven track surfaces.
Guides and Safety
You will be guided by Helen Cooper and an assistant, who are experienced and qualified bushwalking guides licensed to lead trekking groups in NSW. In addition, they are both trained in wilderness first aid and will carry emergency communication systems. They will enjoy talking to you and your family about training and living the way that nature intended on this incredible adventure!
What to bring
The South Coast of NSW experiences a temperatures in the low to mid 20's in January. Water is relatively warm, so there will be ample opportunity for a dip. Weather can always be unpredictable however, and its necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality warm clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
backpack (65 litres minimum for adults)
backpack liners (strong plastic bags to keep clothes and sleeping bag dry)
3-season sleeping bag
waterproof raincoat (Gore-tex or similar)
warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton)
hiking shorts or pants
2 shirts for hiking (dry fit material and preferably long-sleeved)
polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
2 pairs of hiking socks
sunscreen and sunglasses
drink bottles/bladder (4 litres)
spare shoes or sandals
spare set of clothes
Optional items: Gaiters, binoculars, gloves/mittens, earplugs, walking poles, camera.
We supply: tents, inflatable mattresses, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on delicious and nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Among the group equipment is a portable stove which we will carry on the trek.
The trip starts and finishes at Merimbula Airport. You may also choose to drive directly to and from camp. We will pick you up at 3.30pm on Monday 21st January and drop you off at approximately 10am on Saturday 26th January.
$1850 per person. Please contact us to discuss the possibility of a family discount
Includes 6-day guided adventure with 2 Primal Adventures Guides, 3 nights camping accommodation, 2 nights in Lighthouse Keepers Cottage all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, National Park permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
A deposit of $800 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.