Lagoon to Lighthouse, Walking & Kayaking Tour, 4 Nights

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Tour Details

Experience wildlife, history, culture, coast & nature all in one spectacular destination, the Sapphire Coast of NSW. We’ve organised indigenous cultural experiences, exclusive kayaking tour for bird viewing and nature watching. Hiking with professional guides and naturalists on some of the most scenic coastal trails in NSW with an abundance of wildlife and different ecological habitats. Stay at the Luxury Tanja Lagoon Camp and the Historical Cape Green Lighthouse. Indulge in locally produced and harvested gourmet meals along the way. Our small group tour with, like minded people is sure to educate and inspire you for a true nature based immersive travel experience.  

On the far South Coast NSW, Merimbula Airport is only a 1hr flight from Sydney or Melbourne with REX or Qantas or a 3hr drive from Canberra. 

 

Why you’ll love this trip
  • Green Cape Lighthouse tour and accommodation – Perched on the edge of a peninsula the lighthouse is steeped in seafaring history, spectacular views of Disaster Bay and comfortable historic accommodation. 
  • A heartfelt welcome to country at Tanja Lagoon Camp and bush tucker walk led by Aboriginal Discovery Ranger where we’ll search and learn about traditional ‘bush-tucker’ and medicine plants. 
  • Kayak Tour – Enjoy a majestic morning on the Bega River a highlight for any bird or nature lover 
  • Guided Hiking tours – Sections of the light to light walk & the Penders Coastal Walk in Mimosa Rocks National Park with both walks explore stunning coastal scenery, heathlands and forests, opportunities for wildlife viewing, diversity of plants and historical features 
  • Stay at the luxury Tanja Lagoon Camp located on the edge of a wild coastal lagoon, surrounded by the spotted gum forests of Mimosa Rocks National Park on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, Australia. 
  • Indulge in locally grown, harvested and produced food.
  • Navigate Expeditions will plant a tree on land for conservation, on behalf of every guest

 

Activity level

Moderate level of fitness required, please contact us for any specific questions related to this tour and physical activity requirements.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation at Tanja Lagoon Camp
  • 2 night accommodation at Green Cape Lighthouse (shared bathroom facilities)
  • Professional naturalist guides & private air-conditioned charter vehicle
  • Meals included: Daily breakfast, 4 lunch, 4 dinners and most drinks.
  • Lighthouse Tour by NSW National Parks discovery rangers
  • Welcome to country and bush tucker walk by NSW National Parks Indigenous discovery ranger
  • Guided Mimosa Rocks National Park coastal walk & guided sections of the light to light walk

Meeting Times

  • Pre/arranged pick up at Merrimbula airport
  • Tanja Lagoon Camp, 2 PM

Tour Duration

  • Day 1, starts at 2 PM Tanja Lagoon Camp
  • Day 5 finishes 10 AM, Green Cape Lighthouse
  • Merimbula airport transfers available on request

Activity Rating

Walking: Easy, Grade 2

Kayaking: Easy, SO1

Visit our activity rating page for more info

Pricing

$2,900 per person, based on two adults twin or double sharing,

    • Minimum of 4 guests and maximum of 10 guests, additional charge for less than 4 guests 
    • Additional costs when booking inside of NSW/ACT school holidays
    • Per person rates reduce for larger parties to a maximum of 10 guests

Essential Information

  • We can tailor this programme around any accomodation or nature based activities on the Sapphire Coast, please send an enquiry for a custom quote
  • You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% per person, per tour for your booking to be confirmed. Final payment is due 42 days before the departure.
  • If you cancel a trip 42 days prior to the departure date, we will hold the deposit amount as a credit or if you cancel 41 days or fewer prior to departure, 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit, and we will retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking, or if you are cancelling due to COVID, please see our special COVID terms and conditions
  • If we cancel your tour, you have the choice of a 100% credit or refund of all monies paid to us. Except when your tour is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event (defined in our terms and conditions)
  • Prices valid from November 1st, 2021 to November 1st 2022. 
Itinerary
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Day 1 - Welcome to country and bush tucker walk

Check-in to Tanja Lagoon Camp (2pm), located on the edge of a wild coastal lagoon and surrounded by the spotted gum forests of the Mimosa Rocks National Park on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. This will be our luxurious home for the next two nights, each spacious and self-contained luxury safari tent & eco-cabin comes complete with a private deck, ensuite bathroom and full kitchen. 

This afternoon we’ll receive a heart-felt welcome to country on behalf of the Yuin Nation & a bush tucker walk led by Aboriginal Discover Ranger, searching and learning about traditional bush tucker and medicine plants. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner at ‘the meeting place’ by prestigious local catering company. After dinner we’ll congregate around the camp fire for a hot drink and yarn under a star filled sky, maybe we’ll be lucky enough to hear the powerful owl, yellow bellied glider (both threatened species) or the chores of frogs in the near by habitat dam. Either way, sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your other like minded travelling companions. 

Accommodation: Tanja Lagoon Camp

Merimbula Airport transfers available upon request from 1 PM (1hr flight from Sydney or Melbourne with REX or Qantas) 

Included activities: Welcome to country & bush tucker walk

Meals: Afternoon tea and dinner

Drinks: A selection of non-alcoholic drinks and a responsible amount of beer & wine (1 to 2 glasses per/person) are included; if you would like more please BYO. 

Day 2 - Kayak the Bega River and walk in Mimosa Rocks National Park

Awake to the sound of bird songs at Tanja Lagoon Camp, listen out for the iconic kookaburra, while-bellied sea eagles and bell birds, if you are an early riser we highly recommend a self-guided canoe experience on Middle-Lagoon to view a plethora of birds from cormorants, swans, spoonbills, eagles and many more. Or simply help yourself to a cup of tea and enjoy the serenity from your private lagoon front deck. Help yourself to a light continental breakfast that is provided in your room consisting of muesli & sourdough bread with butter jam and honey (dietary needs catered for upon request) but don’t fill up too much as we’ll be indulging in a gourmet brunch in the bush shortly. 

This morning we’ll embark on a Kayak through different eco systems from the forest of reeds in the lagoon to the sand spits, bush and farm land of the Bega River. We’ll be going at a pace to suit the group’s experience level and have time to really enjoy the natural habitat with guests often spotting egrets fishing by the shallow waters, azure kingfishers perched on the ends of branches and possibly white bellied sea eagles flying above. There really is so much to see and experience along this beautiful lagoon and river system. Part way along we’ll land ashore to stretch our legs, enjoy a lovely morning tea and perhaps even a swim. 

Once we meander back to Tanja Lagoon Camp there will be time to rest & relax in your luxury accommodation or you can use the time to explore the magnificent surroundings of Tanja Lagoon Camp, this could include a canoe in the lagoon or a short walk to one of the several on site habitat dams. We’ll provide you with a gourmet picnic lunch to eat in your own time before this afternoon’s activity.  

This Afternoon we’ll be taken on a guided 4km coastal walk to learn about the historical, cultural and environmental features of the Mimosa Rocks National Park. We will follow the coast as it traverses cliff tops, headlands and timbered woodlands. This walk can be abundant with wildlife and birdlife, often spotting eastern grey kangaroos, swans and in the right season, whales! There will be plenty of rest stops to enjoy nature along the way and a wholesome afternoon tea. 

This evening we’ll be dining out at one of the beautiful nearby restaurants to enjoy local produce and soak up the atmosphere of our local villages. We won’t get you back too late as we have a big day ahead of us tomorrow! 

Accommodation: Tanja Lagoon Camp

Included activities: Kayak the Bega River & Coastal walk in Mimosa Rocks National Park

Meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch afternoon tea & restaurant dinner 

Drinks: A selection of non-alcoholic drinks will be provided during our meals during the day, please purchase your own drinks for our restaurant dinner meal. 

Day 3 - Tathra Wharf, Davidson Whaling Station & Green Cape Lighthouse

After a relaxed morning, or if you didn’t get the chance for a self-guided canoe of Middle Lagoon yesterday this morning will be your last opportunity and we highly recommend this experience at sunrise. We’ll be departing Tanja Lagoon Camp and headed to Green Cape Light house today with plenty of scenic stops along the way. 

We’ll make a stop at the Tathra Headland and historic Tathra Wharf for a spectacular all-abilities walk with sweeping ocean vistas to spot dolphins, sea birds and possibly even whales before continuing on to the oyster farm in Pambula. 

From here we’ll venture south to Eden making a comfort stop before going to the Davidson Whaling Station historic site inside the previously named Ben Boyd National Park. We’ll see where the Davidson family took to the seas, assisted by a pack of killer whales and check out the historic try-works, where blubber was processed and learn about the whaling operation. 

After a picnic lunch we’ll drive through Ben Boyd National Park, keeping an eye out for bandicoots, wombats, echidnas, lyrebirds and any other wildlife we are lucky enough to come across in our travels. We’ll take a stop at Disaster Bay Lookout, aptly named after the many shipping disasters that scatter that coast, before arriving at our accommodation for the next two nights, Green Cape Lighthouse cottages.

Perched on the edge of a peninsula are 3 beautifully restored cottages and the Green Cape Lighthouse. Each cottage offers a comfortable verandah, ideal for enjoying the sea air and whale watching in the right season, large bedrooms and heated lounge rooms and shared bathroom facilities. 

In the afternoon we’ll be taken on a NSW National Parks guided tour of the lighthouse where we’ll have the opportunity to walk up the 116 stairs (the tallest lighthouse in NSW) to the top with a 360-degree view of Disaster Bay, the cottages and Ben Boyd National Park. Green Cape lighthouse is steeped in seafaring history and we’ll be taken on a journey to discover the heritage architecture, learn about the disasters and survival of numerous shipwrecks. 

Tonight, relax in the lounge room with a hot drink in hand, watch the mesmerising ocean on the verandah or if you’re feeling active take a walk around the premises and look out for the resident wombats that frequent the area, the choice is yours. Your guide will prepare you a stunning chef cooked, gourmet, hearty meal for you to enjoy before you tuck in for the evening.

Accommodation: Green Cape Lighthouse (shared bathroom facilities) 

Included activities: Tathra wharf, Davidson Whaling Station, Green Cape Lighthouse Tour 

Meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch & dinner 

Drinks: A selection of non-alcoholic drinks and a responsible amount of beer & wine (1 to 2 glasses per/person) are included; if you would like more please BYO.

Day 4 - Light to light walk from Green Cape Lighthouse to Bittangabee Bay

Soak up this magnificent setting at Green Cape Lighthouse by getting up early and enjoying the sunrise over the ocean, take a short walk and look for wombats and lyre birds or simply help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee on the verandah and watch the ocean.

Today we’ll be doing a short portion of the famous light to light walk, 8km from Bittangabee Bay to Green Cape Lighthouse. The walk follows a route that has been travelled by light keepers over many years. Originally, supplies for the lighthouse were off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay and transferred by horse-drawn tram to Green Cape Lighthouse. Rare ground parrots and striated field wrens are sometimes seen along the track and in the spring the area blooms with wild flowers.  

We have all day to complete this walk so plenty of time to admire the ever changing eco-systems, historical sights, wildlife, coastal views and a delicious picnic lunch! 

Tonight will see us back at Green Cape Lighthouse for a catered evening meal together. 

Accommodation: Green Cape Lighthouse (shared bathroom facilities) 

Included activities: Bittangabee Bay to Green Cape 8km guided hike

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Drinks: A selection of non-alcoholic drinks and a responsible amount of beer & wine (1 to 2 glasses per/person) are included; if you would like more please BYO.

Day 5 - Farewell: Cape Green Lighthouse and Airport Transfers

Okay guys, relax now, you have earned it! Sleep in or get up early and watch the sunrise over the ocean! 

We’ll depart from Cape Green Lighthouse and head towards Merimbula stopping for an early lunch en-route. We’ll have you back at Merimbula Airport by mid-day for any afternoon flights.   

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