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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

Features of this track


0.7km return


15 - 30min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


No steps


Flat: The walk is flat along its length with a handrail at the end where the lookout is.

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The walk is along a 1.2m wide firetrail, which is hard-packed ground up to the lookout at the end.

At the lookout area, the track becomes a wooden boardwalk with wooden handrails on either side.

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


There's a bitumen carpark at Saltwater picnic area where the walk begins. 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



There are accessible toilets, accessible outdoor showers and accessible picnic tables at Saltwater picnic area, where this walk begins.

Seats and resting points

There's a bench at the lookout at the end of the walk. It does not have a backrest or armrests.

There's also a bench seat with a backrest at Saltwater picnic area, at the start of this walk.

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 - medium

  • The walk is along a flat, 1.2m wide firetrail, which is hard-packed ground up to the lookout at the end. At the lookout area, the track becomes a wooden boardwalk with wooden handrails on either side.
  • There's a bench seat at the lookout. It doesn't have backrests or armrests.
  • There are accessible toilets, outdoor showers and picnic tables at Saltwater picnic area where this walk begins.



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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