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Perpendicular Point walking track

Kattang Nature Reserve

Overview

This easy walk rewards you with spectacular scenic coastal views to Port Macquarie and Diamond Head. The lookout is perfect for whale watching, birdwatching and photography.

Where
Kattang Nature Reserve
Distance
3.7km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • Remember to bring your binoculars if you want to bird watch or whale watch.
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

It’s not hard to see why this beautiful spot is a favourite among locals and nature-lovers alike. Wander through the shady grove on this short walk and you’ll emerge at majestic Perpendicular Point.

From the lookout, you’ll see north to Port Macquarie, south to Diamond Head, and southwest to the dramatic North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park. Sitting on the top of the sheer cliffs is a fantastic place to gaze out at the sparkling blue waters and a great vantage point for whale watching and spotting dolphins. To see the view south head to the nearby Charles Hamey lookout.

You’re sure to see plenty of birdlife as honeyeaters come in to feed off the banksias and glossy black cockatoos nibble at the black she-oaks. If you're a native flower lover, this easy walk is a must in early spring. You’ll see boronia, flannel flower, everlasting daisy and wedding bush dotted amongst the bushes.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Kattang Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
  • Kattang Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger, or pest management.

    • Port Macquarie
      (02) 6588 5555
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 22 Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6588 5500
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Kattang Nature Reserve. Photo: NSW Government