Red Rocks - Ben Boyd
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The red rocks glimmer best in sunlight late morning. The park is only closed at poor weather or fire danger.
The Sapphiere Coast has an oceanic climate. Winters are mild, windy and drier with an average day temperature of 7 degrees. Summers are warm with a day temperature up to 30 degrees. Most rainfall between spring and summer. Water temperature more than 20 degrees from summer until autumn. Autumn still with pleasant temperatures.
Every season has it's one highlight:
- Spring: Is the annual whale season which takes place from May/June to November.
- Summer: Enjoy the beaches and swimming.
- Autumn: Spot the special lyrebirds performing the characteristic dance and tail display.
- Winter: The banksias are in bloom.
Ben Boyd National Park was established in 1971 and located on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Named after the well-known entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd (1801-1851) who did whaling and farming and built the Boyds Tower. The tower designed as a lighthouse was built in 1847. He failed with his financial empire and the tower was taken over by the Davidson family. They used the tower for whale spotting and killing. Boyd tower is in the southern section of Ben Boyd.
The Edrom Road which leads to Boyd tower is paved, only the last kilometer is gravel. We did a part of the coastal walk to the next bay. The scenery is spectacular and we had a dip in the sea. The National Park offers several marked trails. The popular multi-day Light to Light walk starts at Boyds Tower with 30 km distance and ends at Green Cape Lighthouse. There are two campgrounds along the track; Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay. These campgrounds are also accessible by car. Bookings are required during summer and Easter school holidays. Whale watching is excellent in the park.