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Solitary Islands coastal walk is a 60km, grade 4 One Way hike located in the Coffs Coast Regional Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 3-4 days to complete.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful walk on the east coast of NSW. The Solitary Islands coastal walk links a string of idyllic golden beaches, rocky headlands and lush rainforest along the Coffs Coast.
Make your way through Coffs Coast Regional Park, Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve before winding up at Sawtell, near Bongil Bongil National Park.
Solitary Islands and Muttonbird Island are picturesque and make for perfect birdwatching, so bring your binoculars; little terns and white bellied eagles are often seen along the shores. Dolphins surf the waves of these beaches all year round and the headlands are ideal for whale watching.
There are plenty of options for picnicking, swimming and water sports. And with loads of nearby cafes and accommodation to suit any budget, you’ll want to keep coming back to discover all the charms of this beautiful walking track.
If you’re feeling energetic, pack your backpack and do the whole walk and camp over four days. Or why not stroll along the coastal walk in shorter sections, accessed from Arrawarra Headland, Woolgoolga Beach and Headland, Emerald Beach, Diggers Beach, and nearby Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve.
About the Region
Coffs Coast Regional Park in the North Coast region
Coffs Coast Regional Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
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 RockExplore the creek-side boardwalk before heading south along the beach toward Arrawarra HeadlandTo 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 AvenueExplore the tidal pool and head north along the beach toward Boambee Headland Parking Parking is available at Red Rock and Sawtell Headland.
Check the tides – walking along the beach is easiest at low tide. Areas that are best walked at low tide include creek crossings at Arrawarra and Moonee Creek and around rocks on Campbells Beach.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.