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Saltwater picnic area

Saltwater National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Saltwater picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Saltwater picnic area is in Saltwater National Park. To get there:

  • Take Old Bar Road from Taree/Pacific Highway
  • Drive 10km east and turn right onto Saltwater Road
  • Follow Saltwater Road past the village of Wallabi Point
  • Saltwater picnic area is at the end of Saltwater Road

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


There are several carparks near the picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Saltwater National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


Take walks around the headland and through to adjoining Khappinghat Nature Reserve.


Enjoy whale watching from the viewing platform at Saltwater Point from August through November.


Swim, surf and sunbathe on the beaches, canoe and kayak in the creek, or enjoy a picnic on the grass under the shady rainforest trees.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


17°C and 29°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


8°C and 21°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day





There are accessible toilets near the lagoon boat ramp.

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

There are accessible picnic tables with roofs set on concrete slabs at the picnic area. There are no pathways to the picnic tables; you'll need to cross over grass to reach them.

Boat ramp



There are accessible outdoor showers at the picnic area.

Step-free access

The picnic area is mostly flat and there's step-free access, but no pathways. You'll need to cross over grass to reach the facilities.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.


Disability access level - easy

The picnic area is mostly flat and step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over grass to reach the picnic area's facilities.

There are accessible toilets, picnic tables and an accessible outdoor shower.


A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



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


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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