After our whale cruise and a lunch at the pier and then drove to the Green Cape Lightstation and Ben Boyd National Park.
Our goal was the Green Cape Lightstation which is at the end of the park on the tip of the peninsula. The roads are listed as 2wd dirt roads.. really?… NSW Parks is very impressed with the capabilities of 2wd cars. While not as bone shaking as our trip to Kichega National Park, it was still a bumpy, pot holed, rutted dirt road for 21 km.
At the end of the road the Green Cape Lighthouse rises 29ft overlooking the peninsula. The Green Cape lighthouse was the first cast concrete lighthouse built in Australia and also has the distinction of being NSW’s second tallest and most southernmost lighthouse.
The lighthouse is surrounded by a fence, so its not possible to get into the grounds of the light station (which are rented out as holiday rentals) but we found heading down towards the cliffs gave us a good viewpoint.
Travelling back down the dirt road we stopped (very suddenly) when we spotted this guy on the road. While we jumped out for a photograph, we used the lonnnnng lenses and gave him total right of way!
Once on our way again, and still within Ben Boyd National Park we drove to the Pinnacles.
Once you park the car its an easy 1.1km loop to the pinnacles and back. The Pinnacles were formed due to erosion of the cliffs that are made of of soft white sands and red gravel clay deposited about 65 million years ago. When part of the cliff fell away it exposed the red clay and white sands. We didn’t see anymore snakes but we did keep a good eye out, and thanked our forethought to wear leather hiking boots!
Our final stop at Ben Boyd National Park was pretty underwhelming. We had been recommended by the lady at the Information Center that the Davison Whaling Station was ‘well worth a visit’. I beg to differ. It may have been once, but now there is a quaint little shack before you get to the whaling station that’s really not even part of it. The whaling station itself was a couple of signs and an old tin pot.