Walk on Water walking track
Tweed Heads Historic Site
Take this short walk and experience Aboriginal cultural heritage, sacred sites and beautiful natural scenery, with great birdwatching and photography opportunities.
- Tweed Heads Historic Site
- 1km loop
- Time suggested
- 30 - 45min
- Grade 4
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
- Please note
Pack some insect repellent to keep away mosquitos and biting insects.
This short walk invites you to see beautiful bushland and mangroves while experiencing the Aboriginal cultural heritage that makes this area so special.
Starting from Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, you’ll follow a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and walking track through eucalypt forest, woodlands and swamp forests, before emerging among the diverse mangrove communities along Tweed River.
Read about the plants, animals, bush tucker and culture of the Minjungbal people from interpretive signage along the way. For a fascinating local perspective, why not take a guided tour from Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre?
See Bora Ring, a sacred Aboriginal site traditionally used for men’s initiation ceremonies. Today, it continues to be an important place for Minjungbal people, providing a spiritual link with their ancestors.
This easy walk also offers great birdwatching opportunities. Keep your binoculars handy to see shorebirds and waders like the greater egret and royal spoonbill.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/walk-on-water-walking-track/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Tweed Heads Historic Site in the North Coast region
Tweed Heads Historic Site is always open, but Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is open 10am-3pm Monday to Thursday.
All the practical information you need to know about Walk on Water walking track.
Grade 4Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
30 - 45min
Quality of markings
Quality of path
No experience required
Getting there and parking
Walk on Water boardwalk and walking track starts from Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
To get there:
- Turn onto Minjungbal Drive at South Tweed Heads from Pacific Highway
- Turn right into Kirkwood Road, near Tweed City Shopping Centre, then continue to the car park at the end of the road before it turns right into Davey Street.
Parking is available at Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, including several designated disabled spots.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tweed Heads Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.
Great time for walking, with less mosquitos and lots of butterflies to see. Look out for the vivid blues of the blue triangle or blue mangrove butterflies.
Get away from the holiday crowds, and instead enjoy walking along the boardwalk and learning about Aboriginal culture.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
18°C and 30°C
8°C and 22°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - easy
- The raised boardwalk and sealed path are suitable for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility.
- Seating is available at a viewing platform half way along the track.
Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.
Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.
Firewood may not be collected from the park.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
17 Kirkwood Road, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
- Monday to Thursday, 10m to 3pm.
- 07 5524 2109
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Walk on Water walking track is in Tweed Heads Historic Site. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
A place of diverse landscapes
Tweed Heads Historic Site includes a diversity of coastal vegetation in a relatively small area. You'll also see the sea grass beds that make this an important fish breeding habitat and the open grasslands of salt couch between the tide lines. Near the cultural centre, you'll see eucalypt forests and woodlands, but wander along Walk on Water walking track and you'll see swamp forests with broad-leaved paperbark and swamp she-oaks. On the boardwalk, you'll see one of the most diverse mangrove communities in NSW.
Packed with life
In summer, look out for clusters of small yellow flowers on the grey mangroves in Tweed Heads Historic Site. This is a great place to step into a natural world and get up close with the animals. At high tide, you can stand on the boardwalk and watch shoals of fish swimming among the mangroves. You'll find unique butterflies such as blue triangle, black jezebel and endangered blue mangrove butterfly. For birdwatchers, the forests and waterways at Tweed Heads provide plenty of birdwatching opportunities. You'll see shorebirds and waders like the greater egret and royal spoonbill on Walk on Water walking track, particularly at low tide. You might also spot mangrove kingfishers and honeyeaters.
Rich Aboriginal culture
It is believed that local Goori people have been living in Tweed Valley for at least 6,000 years. The ceremonial Bora Ring you'll see on Walk on Water walking track provides a glimpse into ancient traditions and important Aboriginal ceremonies. Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre also provides evidence of and information on the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, both past and living. It's a popular meeting place for Goori people and the wider Aboriginal community and offers visitors an authentic insight into many aspects of Aboriginal culture.
- Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre an ideal school excursion or day trip for learning about Aboriginal culture. Listen to Aboriginal guides and enjoy a picnic.