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Saltwater National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Saltwater National Park.

Getting there and parking

From Taree or the Pacific Highway:

  • Take Old Bar Road then turn right at Saltwater Road. Follow Saltwater Road to Saltwater National Park.


By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

There is no public transport available to Saltwater National Park.

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

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).



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.

Map of Saltwater National Park


Nearby towns

Old Bar (7 km)

As well as its beachside attractions, Old Bar is an ideal base for exploring nearby natural attractions. Crowdy Head National Park and the beautiful waterways of Myall lakes National Park are just two of the best.

Taree (18 km)

Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.

Forster (44 km)

Dominated by water sports Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area.

Saltwater headland, Saltwater NP. Photo: Kevin Carter/NSW Government