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Hut to hut walks planned for Ben Boyd National Park

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Adventure, comfort and even a touch of luxury are being combined in an effort to coax a new group of people to visit Ben Boyd National Park.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is transforming the existing light to light walk within the park, to make it easier and more accessible for people who would not normally go bushwalking in a national park. 

South Coast director Kane Weeks says the upgrade includes facilities to make the walk more comfortable.  

"We're developing the first purpose-built hut to hut walk in NSW," he said.

"The major change is putting hard-roofed accommodation or hutted accommodation at Mowarry Point and Hegarty's Bay as part of the walk."

Mr Weeks said the 30-km walk was being designed for people not used to walking in national Parks by offering a flat track, spectacular scenery, and huts for overnight camping.

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"The upgraded walk is targeting a different type of person that's probably never really experienced a hike in a National Park, and there's really a growing market for those people, and National Parks is really encouraging those people to experience nature and get in the outdoors," he said.

Upgrades to the walking track and facilities are due to take place next year after the park's amended plan of management was adopted.

NPWS executive director Naomi Stephens, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Executive Director, said the walk would be enhanced in stages, with the first stage to include "an upgrade of the informal campground at Mowarry Point to establish a purpose-built walk-in camp site with new tent platforms and toilet, as well as a new walk-in camp site at Bittangabee Bay."

She said all accommodation in the national park would be owned and operated by NPWS.

“We will also realign some sections of the existing track closer to the coast, to offer spectacular views and to protect the environmental and cultural values of the park,” Ms Stephens said. 

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