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Boydtown is a small village located on picturesque Twofold Bay, the third deepest natural harbour in the world.

Part of the picturesque Sapphire Coast, with Eden just to the north, it is within a region of natural beauty that includes Ben Boyd National Park, Nadgee Nature Reserve and Wonboyn Lake. There are scenic forest drives, bushwalks and unspoilt beaches.

Boydtown owes it existence when the flamboyant entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd decided to establish a base in Boydtown for his whaling and pastoral operations. With the flourishing whaling industry along this stretch of east coast during the 1830’s, Boyd was able to get the financial backing for much of the development in Boydtown including the building of brick houses, the historic Seahorse Inn, a store, woolshed and a jetty where Boyd could berth his vessels.

He also had constructed the lookout, known as Boyd’s Tower, built to spot whales. A church was also being constructed, but was never finished. When the depression of the 1840’s hit, many of Boyd’s operation ended, and what was once a prosperous commercial township soon became a deserted ruin with many moving to the nearby town of Eden.

Visitors can still see some of the ruins such as Boyd’s Tower and the church, whiles the Seahorse Inn has been completed restored into a first class accommodation and conference facilities.

Check out our listing of Boydtown accommodation, Sapphire Coast accommodation and South Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Boydtown Attractions

Ben Boyd National Park
Popular attractions in the park include, Barmouth Beach, Haycock Point, Pinnacles and Severs Beach.
Boyd’s Tower - Boydtown, NSW, Australia
Boyd’s Tower
Boyd’s Tower
Located about 34 km south of Eden on South Head, you can see the remains of the elaborate sandstone tower built in 1847 by entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd. Although designed to serve as a lighthouse, permission was never granted and it was used as a lookout tower for whale spotting. Just beyond the tower, you can stand at the Red Point Lookout to view the natural creation of dramatic example of folded rocks along this coastline.
Boydtown Church
Located on the hill behind the restored historic Seahorse Inn, you can discover the ruins of the Boydtown Church, built by convict labour in the 1840s. The church had a shingled roof, but the bell tower and door were never finished, with the church not being blessed or used. In 1926, the church lost its rood in of the many bushfires that caused devastation in the region.

Boydtown Distance

Distance to Boydtown
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Boydtown:
Batemans Bay 209
Bega 62
Bombala 104
Canberra, ACT 269
Cooma 157
Eden 8
Jervis Bay 323
Melbourne, VIC 553
Merimbula 34
Narooma 140
• Pambula 27
Sydney 561
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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