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Solitary Islands coastal walk

North Coast

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Solitary Islands coastal walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


60km one-way


3 - 4 days

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended


Short steep hills


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Solitary Islands coastal walk is in Coffs Coast Regional Park, Moonee Beach and Muttonbird Island nature reserves.

To access the northern end of the walk at Red Rock (55km from Grafton and 41km from Coffs Harbour):

  • Turn off Pacific Highway at Corindi Beach (48km south of Grafton and 34km north of Coffs Harbour).
  • Turn left onto Red Rock Road and continue 6km to Red Rock
  • Explore the creek-side boardwalk before heading south along the beach toward Arrawarra Headland

To access the southern end of the walk at Sawtell Headland (5km south of Coffs Harbour):

  • Follow the signs to Sawtell Headland from Lyons Road/First Avenue
  • Explore the tidal pool and head north along the beach toward Boambee Headland


Parking is available at Red Rock and Sawtell Headland.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Moonee Creek crossing should only be crossed at low tide and during low flow. Check tide charts and river heights before setting off, to ensure your expected crossing timing is suitable.

The best crossing is generally between the beachside sandspit and the caravan park in the east/west direction or vice versa.

Avoid crossing at high tide, during strong outgoing tide, after heavy rain or near the creek mouth in the north/south direction to Green Bluff.

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 - no wheelchair access

This walking track is not wheelchair-accessible. There are several points of interest along the walk that are suitable for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility, including:

  • Coffs Jetty through to Park Beach
  • Bonville Headland (Sawtell)
  • Look At Me Now Headland (Emerald Beach)
  • Woolgoolga Headland



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.

Solitary Islands coastal walk

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