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Saltwater picnic area

Saltwater National Park


Enjoy relaxed picnicking or barbecues at this well-equipped picnic area with ocean beaches and walking tracks nearby where you can swim, fish, surf, kayak or birdwatch.

Picnic areas
Saltwater National Park
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch.
  • You'll need to bring your own supply of drinking and cooking water.

Saltwater picnic area is a lovely, wide-open space that makes a perfect spot for a barbecue or picnic. Relax under the sheltered picnic table or spread out on the grass under the shady rainforest trees.

There are free gas barbecues to use while admiring the superb views of the rainforest. Be sure to pack the kids' bikes as they will no doubt enjoy cycling around this picturesque picnic spot.

You can swim, surf, sunbathe and fish at the adjacent Saltwater beach, Khappinghat Creek or the nearby Wallabi Beach. Take a walk along Five Islands walking track and remember to keep your eyes open for the intriguing local wildlife, including carpet pythons, monitor lizards and red-neck wallabies.

Saltwater Beach has been a popular recreation spot for more than a century and continues thousands of years of tradition as a seasonal campsite for Aboriginal people.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Saltwater National Park in the North Coast region
  • Saltwater National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to fire danger.

    • Taree
      (02) 6552 4097
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 78 Hargreaves Drive, Taree NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6551 0575
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Saltwater headland, Saltwater NP. Photo: Kevin Carter/NSW Government