Look At Me Now Headland walk

Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

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It’s an easy hike along Look At Me Now Headland walk, with scenic views all the way and a lookout over Moonee Beach. This is a great place for whale watching in winter and birdwatching in spring.

1.6km loop
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade 2
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Eastern grey kangaroos inhabit the reserve. They are powerful wild animals capable of causing serious injury if threatened, so please appreciate them from a distance.
  • Remember to take binoculars in you want to birdwatch or whale watch

Look At Me Now Headland walk is a short, easy walking route with fabulous scenic views far out to sea, a lookout and beach access. Keep your fingers crossed for a breaching whale during winter and early spring. All year round, you can see eastern grey kangaroos nibbling on the grass and white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys and brahminy kites soaring above the coastline on the hunt.

Take a picnic lunch and sit between the dwarf grassy and rocky heath, which have adapted to these exposed conditions. You may spot a threatened zieria, which flowers pink and white in spring with glossy, tough leaves.

Look At Me Now Headland is an important Aboriginal site of deep significance to local Gumbaynggirr people. Preservation of this natural environment is also important to the broader community, and in 1989, over 5,000 people marched in a rally in Coffs Harbour to prevent destruction of the headland and adjacent beaches. It worked.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Look At Me Now Headland walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


1.6km loop


15 - 45min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required




Occasional steps

Quality of path

Well-formed track

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Look At Me Now Headland walk is in the Look At Me Now precinct of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. To get there:

    • Take Emerald Beach exit off Pacific Highway and then, once in Emerald Beach, turn down Dammerel Crescent.
    • Park in the Look At Me Now carpark and follow the signs


    Parking is available at Look At Me Now, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is available. 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 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


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    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


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    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.



    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.

    Learn more

    Look At Me Now Headland walk is in Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Rare and threatened

    Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    Little bent-winged bats roost in nursery caves on the headlands of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Producing only one offspring each year and being particularly vulnerable to disturbance by humans, they are, unsurprisingly, an endangered species. Eastern grey kangaroos are found throughout the reserve and swamp wallabies frequent the coastal rainforests and heathlands. 80 bird species are known, including 10 endangered species, such as sooty and pied oyster-catchers and black-necked storks. Five threatened plant species survive in the salt spray and shallow soil on the surface of the headlands. To the untrained eye these plant communities, hidden within the grass, don't look like much. But to a botanist they are EEC (ecologically endangered communities) and their plight probably keeps some of them awake at night.

    • Look At Me Now Headland walk It’s an easy hike along Look At Me Now Headland walk, with scenic views all the way and a lookout over Moonee Beach. This is a great place for whale watching in winter and birdwatching in spring.
    • Moonee Creek canoe route For those into kayaking, canoeing or fishing, Moonee Creek canoe route is the ideal alternative way to enjoy the reserve. This pristine estuary is at the southern end of Moonee Beach.

    Settling in

    Look At Me Now Headland walk, Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young

    The 1880s were a big decade for newcomers to the area and the history is fascinating. From 1884, South Solitary Island signal station was operated by the Dammerel family. Only a couple of years into what would become a 40-year job, there was a collision at sea between Keilawarra and Helen Nicoll. Lone fossicker Frederick Fiddaman spent much of the 1880s searching for gold, and evidence of his toils can still be seen at Diggers Point. A century later, locals protested long and hard, successfully preventing the area becoming a site for sewage ocean outfall. Only in 1995 were Look At Me Now Headland, Diggers Point and Bare Bluff added to the reserve.

    • Dammerels history walk Dammerels history walk is a short, easy stroll taking in historic sites, scenic views and the pioneering heritage of South Solitary Island. Whale watching and birdwatching is recommended.

    This powerful place

     Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    Look At Me Now Headland is significant to local Gumbaynggirr people as an important mythological site and a powerful place within their homeland. Evidence of everyday lives of Aboriginal heritage and its people remains in the form of middens, campsites, ceremonial sites and areas where stone axes were ground. The name Moonee comes from 'Munim-Munim', which is the Gumbaynggirr name for the area. It means 'rocky', reflecting the original importance of this place for axe-making.

    • Look At Me Now Headland walk It’s an easy hike along Look At Me Now Headland walk, with scenic views all the way and a lookout over Moonee Beach. This is a great place for whale watching in winter and birdwatching in spring.

    Plants and animals protected in this park


    • Five pelicans stand at the beach shore in Bundjalung National Park as the sun rises. Photo: Nick Cubbin © DPE

      Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

      The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

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