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Headland walking track

Saltwater National Park

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 3

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  • Time

    15 - 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient


  • Distance

    0.7km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Headland 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 onto Saltwater Road
  • Follow Saltwater Road past the village of Wallabi Point
  • Saltwater picnic area is at the end of Saltwater Road


Parking is available at Saltwater picnic area. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

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


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.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

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).


Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.



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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