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Five Islands walking track

Saltwater National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Five Islands walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    2.4km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Five Islands walking track starts at Saltwater picnic area in Saltwater National Park. To get there:

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

Parking

Parking is available at Saltwater 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.

Autumn

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

Spring

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

Summer

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

Average

17°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

45.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 21°C

Lowest recorded

-5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

280.2mm

Facilities

Drinking water

Water is not available in this area so it's a good idea to bring your own

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Prohibited

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Five Islands walking track

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Saltwater headland, Saltwater NP. Photo: Kevin Carter/NSW Government