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Saltwater National Park


At this small coastal reserve east of Taree, you can bushwalk, canoe, kayak, swim, fish, surf, picnic, and even whale watch from August through November.

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Saltwater National Park is a small coastal reserve surrounded by rainforest, just east of Taree. It's a popular seasonal camping spot for local Aboriginal people, and its convenient coastal locale means that surfers, swimmers and fishers find it equally attractive.

Saltwater Beach is a much-loved surfing area, also great for swimming and sunbathing. The large, well-equipped Saltwater picnic area, adjacent to the beach, makes a perfect spot to relax between swims. Wallabi Beach is great for a surf. Or, you can paddle a canoe, kayak, or fish amongst the mangroves along Khappinghat Creek.

The views from Headland walking track are not only spectacular, it's a great place to go whale watching. From August through to November, you might spot humpback whales on their annual migration.

All year round, be sure to keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins surfing the waves, sea eagles swooping into the sea to catch their prey, and brush turkeys wandering along the tracks in search of food.

Highlights in this park


Get Wild About Whales in Port Macquarie

NSW national parks around Port Macquarie have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

Little Bay, Arakoon National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

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


  • 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