Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay
Yuin Country

3 h to 3 h 30 min

9.2 km
return

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Hard track
Leather Jacket Bay is a rocky and wonderful bay. The walk through Ben Boyd National Park starts at Boyd Tower car park and passes through Red Sands bay with its stunning contrast of colour. The walk not only passes some beautiful coast line to Leather Jacket Bay but some superb examples of geological processes with rock folding and banding. There is a small clearing at Leather Jacket bay with some shade, making it a nice place for lunch before heading back. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Information sign in Boyd Tower car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coast Walk at Boyd Tower car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Information sign near Boyd Tower car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track off to the left with water views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from side track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
One of many track markers bolted to a tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Leaf litter beside track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A common sight broken branches. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boyd Tower in the distance. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Birds sunning on island. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Leaf scribble. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track marker through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker north end of red sands bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red sands bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red rock in the bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker in red sands bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker above red rock bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Oil drum washed up in bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs south from red sands bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up the coast north Boyd Tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Service trail between red sands bay and Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Large ant north of Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Light to Light walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Acacia leafs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker on service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker down bushtrack north of Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Creek through Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost in Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clearing behind Leather Jacket Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.1044837,149.9512282)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 27.3 km
  • Turn right onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 6.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Quondolo Street, A1 and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn slight right onto Bullara Street, A1 and drive for another 18.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Mitchell Street, A1 and drive for another 18.3 km
  • Turn left onto Edrom Road and drive for another 17.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the information sign, the walk heads down the hill, following the low posts away from the information sign, to a signposted intersection on the left. From the intersection, the track follows the sign for 'Coastal Walk' down the hill away from the car park. The track soon passes an information sign on the right before tending right, down the hill to be above the coastline. The walk then continues with the coast on your left, down stairs into a gully and back out. The track winds and undulates for some time, leading away from the coast. The track then continues back towards the coast, to a view of the tower on your left and a rock island below in the sea.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Boyd car park (about 15 m back from the start).
Boyd car park
Boyd car park

Boyd car park is found at the end 1.1km long unsealed Boyd Tower Rd, Edrom. The car park is spread around a turning circle at the end of the road. There is a concrete path leading to a toilet and water tank (empty) in the middle of the turning circle. Car parking bays are not marked, and there is space for about 20 cars plus a bus. There are no marked mobility parking areas. The surface is a fairly smooth gravel/clay. A manual pay station is available for park entry fees near the sheltered large information sign. The carpark is the start of the Light to Light walk and the path to Boyd Tower.
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Boyd car park is found at the end 1.1km long unsealed Boyd Tower Rd, Edrom. The car park is spread around a turning circle at the end of the road. There is a concrete path leading to a toilet and water tank (empty) in the middle of the turning circle. Car parking bays are not marked, and there is space for about 20 cars plus a bus. There are no marked mobility parking areas. The surface is a fairly smooth gravel/clay. A manual pay station is available for park entry fees near the sheltered large information sign. The carpark is the start of the Light to Light walk and the path to Boyd Tower.

There is a sign (about 10 m back from the start).
After 10 m find the "Pinch Point" (6 m on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Timber bollard pinch points at the start of the track at the carpark. The gap between the bollards are 1.18m, they are 55cm high.
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Timber bollard pinch points at the start of the track at the carpark. The gap between the bollards are 1.18m, they are 55cm high.

After another 15 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Then find the "Toilet" (30 m on your right).
Toilet
Toilet

Unisex non-flushing toilet. Entrance is 90cm wide, toilet seat 40cm high, handrails 80cm high. Bolt lock 1m high.
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Unisex non-flushing toilet. Entrance is 90cm wide, toilet seat 40cm high, handrails 80cm high. Bolt lock 1m high.

After another 2.4 km find the "Red sands bay" (10 m on your left).
Red sands bay
Red sands bay

Red sands bay (not officially named) is a north-facing bay between Boyd Tower and Leather Jacket Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The rocky bay is accessed via the Light to Light walk. The beach in this bay is made up of small boulders and a fine red gravel. Most of the red gravel is on the western side of the bay. The gravel is made from the sea smashing the red siltstone into small pieces. The red sands/gravel of this bay makes for a fantastic contrast on sunny days.
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Red sands bay (not officially named) is a north-facing bay between Boyd Tower and Leather Jacket Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. The rocky bay is accessed via the Light to Light walk. The beach in this bay is made up of small boulders and a fine red gravel. Most of the red gravel is on the western side of the bay. The gravel is made from the sea smashing the red siltstone into small pieces. The red sands/gravel of this bay makes for a fantastic contrast on sunny days.

After another 690 m continue straight, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 185 m veer right, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 1.1 km find the "Leather Jacket Bay" (10 m on your left).
Leather Jacket Bay
Leather Jacket Bay

Leather Jacket Bay is a north-east facing beach between Boyd Tower and Mowarry Point in the Ben Boyd National Park. The bay has a sandy beach with small rock boulders between the sand and the ocean. The wooded forest behind the bay provides some shade, making this a great place to rest on the Light-to-Light walk. The bay can be access by the Light-to-Light track or by Newtons Road service trail from Edrom Rd.
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Leather Jacket Bay is a north-east facing beach between Boyd Tower and Mowarry Point in the Ben Boyd National Park. The bay has a sandy beach with small rock boulders between the sand and the ocean. The wooded forest behind the bay provides some shade, making this a great place to rest on the Light-to-Light walk. The bay can be access by the Light-to-Light track or by Newtons Road service trail from Edrom Rd.

Continue another 60 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.6 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Boyd Tower to Leather Jacket Bay


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 9.2 km
Time 3 h to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 25 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
25 m[toilet]
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