Family Adventure to the NSW Far South Coast
This spectacular adventure takes in some of the most scenic parts of the NSW Far South Coast. We will be hiking the beautiful Light to Light Walk, camping at a protected beach for three nights, and finishing with two nights in the historic Green Cape Lightstation Cottages. Share the stunning vistas, crystal clear waters, coastal views, pristine heathland vegetation and unique wildlife with your family. Or come along on your own if you’d prefer!
3 nights camping under the stars, 2 nights in private cottage at Green Cape Lightstation.
Private Charter boat trip from Malacoota to Gabo Island
4 Lunches, 5 Dinners, 5 Breakfasts, snacks & hot drinks.
We provide delicious fresh food that we prepare and serve to you. We cater to all dietary requirements.
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 heart’s content, without screens and technology getting in the way of communication and fun. What could be better for a family adventure!
We will be camping in one location for the first 3 nights, so you will only need to carry a daypack. This makes it so achievable for children of all ages. If you have a child younger that 8 who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.
Day 1: Merimbula to Bittangabee Bay (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 Bittangabee Bay Campground. We will explore the area, have a dip, and perhaps even a snorkel in the glorious protected bay. Tonight you’ll enjoy a delicious, fresh cooked dinner under the glow of a million stars as you settle in to the relaxed pace of the far south coast.
Day 2: Boyds Tower to Saltwater Creek Camp (6 hours hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll drive south to Boyds Tower 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. We will be picked up here and transported back to our camp. No need to pack up tents and gear each day!
Day 3: Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay (3-4 hours hiking)
After breakfast and an invigorating dip in the ocean, we’ll drive you back to Saltwater Creek to continue our hike. We will head south towards Hegarty’s Bay, which has many small boulders that 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 back to our campsite at Bittangabee Bay. We may even throw in a line to see if we can catch fish for dinner!
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.
Day 5: Green Cape Lighthouse to Gabo Island
Today we head to magical Gabo Island! We will begin with a delicious fully cooked breakfast to start the day in style. We’ll drive for an hour to get to Malacoota, then meet our private charter boat to take us out to Gabo Island. Be mesmerised by seals playing, see fairy penguins in their burrows, and explore this unique national park. In the evening we will cook another fantastic dinner to be shared with you and your family.
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. 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!
GUIDES AND SAFETY
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.
- Sleeping bag
- Day Pack 20-30Lt
- Duffle bag for gear
- Large water bottles/bladder – 3 litres capacity
- 2 pairs lightweight woollen socks
- Thermals (top and pants)
- Minimal Toiletries
- Waterproof raincoat (Gortex or similar)
- Warm jumper/fleece
- Long sleeved shirt x 2 (preferred for sun protection)
- Long pants or shorts x 2
- Hiking shoes
- Torch/head lamp
- Rashie/sun protection for swimming
- Camp shoes/water sandals
- Camp towel
- 2-3 garbage bags
- **Personal Medication
Optional items: binoculars, earplugs, walking poles, camera, rain pants, t-shirt, personal first aid kit, wetsuit, toothbrush and paste, sleeping bag liner, extra towel.
We supply: tents, inflatable mattresses, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
$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.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
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
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.