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Solitary Islands coastal walk

Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

Overview

The scenic Solitary Islands Coastal walk in Moonee Beach Nature Reserve on the Coffs Coast links beaches and rainforests, and is great for whale watching, birdwatching, swimming, and water sports.

Where
Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Medium
Distance
60km one-way
Time suggested
3 - 4 days
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Please note
  • Check the tides - walking along the beach is easiest at low tide. Areas that are best walked at low tide include creek crossings at Arrawarra and Moonee Creek and around rocks on Campbells Beach.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a longer or more beautiful walk on the east coast of NSW. The Solitary Islands coastal walk links a string of idyllic golden beaches, rocky headlands and lush rainforest along the Coffs Coast in NSW.

Solitary Islands and Muttonbird Island are picturesque and make for perfect birdwatching, so bring your binoculars; little terns and white bellied eagles are often seen along the shores. Dolphins surf the waves of these beaches all year round and the headlands are ideal for whale watching.

There are plenty of options for picnicking, swimming and water sports. And with loads of nearby cafes and accommodation to suit any budget, you’ll want to keep coming back to discover all the charms of this beautiful walking track.

If you’re feeling energetic, pack your backpack and do the whole walk and camp over four days. Or why not stroll along the coastal walk in shorter sections, accessed from Arrawarra Headland, Woolgoolga Beach and Headland, Emerald Beach, Diggers Beach, and nearby Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Solitary Islands coastal walk, Coffs Coast Regional Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/NSW Government