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Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Moonee Beach Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Coffs Harbour:

    • Travel north on Pacific Highway and take Emerald Beach exit to access the main tourist information

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


    This is the tail end of whale watching season, but the beginning of the best time for birdwatching and wildflower displays.


    Enjoy a dip in the ocean or a splash around in the estuary when the weather's at its hottest.


    Whale migration begins in this season, and you'll find uninterrupted views of the ocean from beaches, headlands and walking tracks.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    18°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    7°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Moonee Beach Nature Reserve


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

      • Coffs Harbour
        (02) 6652 0900
        Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
      • 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
      • Fax: (02) 6651 9525

    Nearby towns

    Coffs Harbour (14 km)

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

    Woolgoolga (15 km)

    Woolgoolga is a busy rural service town with a large Sikh population. It features a coastal setting surrounded by banana farms and forested hills.

    Bellingen (48 km)

    Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

    Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary