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North Head walking track

“We saw so many birds along the way that it took well over an hour to do this great little walk.”

It’s a short, easy stroll on North Head walking track from the carpark down through a lovely section of endangered littoral rainforest to the mouth of Brunswick River. Tear yourself away from scenic ocean views and head down this trail for a change of scenery. You may spot a goanna along the way, or a harmless carpet python.

For birdwatchers, there are plenty of feathered friends to feast your eyes upon as you walk, such as rainbow bee-eaters. As the name suggests, these birds are brilliantly marked and, although they will eat all sorts of insects, particularly relish a good bee and are immune to the sting. Keep an eye out for this multi-coloured beauty during the warmer months and have your binoculars handy.

Two other short tracks also lead from North Head carpark to the ocean beach and to mangrove-lined Marshalls Creek.

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Getting there

Getting there:

North Head track is in the North Head precinct of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. To get there, park in North Head carpark and follow the signs.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at North Head track.

Important info

Distance:

1km (one-way)

Time suggested:

15 minutes each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking may be limited.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters. Spear fishing is not permitted.

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North track, Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. Photo: L Cameron/NSW Government