The pink and purple coastline that stretches south from Twofold Bay at Eden has long inspired bold and daring feats, and it continues to do so in 2017 with the launch of a new eco-tourism venture.
Jenny and Arthur Robb of Light to Light Camps roll out the red carpet for small groups of bushwalkers keen to tackle this stunning coast line.
Jenny and Arthur have seen the potential this distinctive environment embodies, both from a business perspective as a new tourist attraction and at a personal level for those who lace up their boots and walk the track over two nights and three days.
This 31-kilometre adventure spans the ever-changing coastline of the Ben Boyd National Park, the ‘lights’ that inspire the name are Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse.
Walkers travel between seven and 13-kilometres every day, an ‘intermediate’ walk taking between three and four and half hours after a good breakfast prepared by Jenny and Arthur.
The first people of this country have known the track for thousands of years, the Yuin People have a history of hunting for whales from this shoreline and collecting shellfish, one midden in the area dates back 3,000 years.
White man history is perhaps more obvious to hikers, the Ly-ee Moon Cemetery along the way is always a talking point.
The Ly-ee Moon was sailing from Melbourne to Sydney in what the Captain described as a “moderate sea” on the night of May 30, 1886.
At around 9:30 pm the ship struck the rocky reef at the foot of Green Cape Lighthouse.
Seventy-one men, women and children lost their lives, the cemetery is a stark reminder of the disaster. Sixteen people were heroically rescued in the darkness by the Lighthouse Keeper and his assistant.
Idyllic but basic campgrounds at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay have always offered respite and sanctuary for walkers doing the track, but Jenny and Arthur offer a touch of luxury.
“What we do is allow people to explore at their own pace without the burden of carrying tents, and extra food and water,” Jenny says.“You will be spoiled at the end of the day with delicious dinners, a glass of wine or beer, a hot shower and luxurious camp beds, sleeping bags, sheets and towels.
“We’ve got you covered,” Jenny says.
Jenny has lived in the local area since the early 1980’s, Arthur since the mid-1990’s.
They are driven by sharing this unique landscape and its wildlife with people and providing a connection and experience not possible without their effort.
“Right across our community there is great pride in the unspoilt beauty of our home, it’s a real thrill being able to share that with people,” Jenny says.
Any new business comes with a good dose of nerves and risk. Being bold and daring is part of the required toolkit and something this local community backs every time.
“This is a place where you can have a go,” Jenny says.