Saltwater Creek Campsite to Mowarry Point
Yuin Country

2 h 45 min to 3 h

8.4 km
return

↑ 162 m
↓ -162 m

Hard track
This walk is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon out from Saltwater Creek camping area. The walk passes the red cliffs that create a dramatic contrast against the intense blue of the sea and green of the heath. The walk also passes through a bay with a large red rock platform which is a great place for exploring the rock pools and shallows. Mowarry Point provides scenic views north up the coast. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Day use parking area sign Saltwater Creek camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flowers hanging over track in Saltwater Creek camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
BBQ in Saltwater Creek camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Saltwater Creek and dune. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Saltwater Creek Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost northern end of Saltwater Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through the Melaleuca trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Saltwater Creek Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track shaded by trees north of Saltwater Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old farm fencing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track along the ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track marker bolted into tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Epacris Obtusifolia (Blunt-leaf Heath). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through thick heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Orange moss on red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker on red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waves crashing onto red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waves crash into the inlet. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bush Cockroach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Approaching storm above the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track marker bolted for easy navigation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track winding through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waves crashing into red platform bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow rock in red platform bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Many fallen branched in the Melaleuca. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lone tree marks the lookout intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Mowarry Point Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.1688504,150.0007791)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Edrom Road then drive for 5.7 km
  • Turn right onto Green Cape Road and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 910 m
  • Turn right onto Duck Hole Road and drive for another 2.9 km
  • Turn left onto Saltwater Road and drive for another 4.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the information signs at Saltwater Creek camping area, the walk heads through the 'Day use' parking area to the far left corner. The track then follows the track-marker through the fenced area and onto the beach between the creek and ocean. The track continues towards the bush on the other side, where there is a signposted intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 95 m back from the start).
There is a BBQ (about 65 m back from the start).
After 130 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
After another 90 m veer left, to head along Light to Light Walk.
After another 150 m find the "Saltwater Creek Beach" (on your left).
Saltwater Creek Beach
Saltwater Creek Beach

Saltwater Creek meets the South Pacific Ocean at a beautiful white sand beach in Ben Boyd National park. The beach looks north-east and has a rock shelf at either end. The wide Saltwater Creek forms a lagoon at the northern end, popular for swimming. Woodburn Creek also forms a lagoon on the southern end of the beach. Both creeks have a brown colouration from the tea tree, that forms a beautiful contrast with the white sand and blue ocean. The back of the beach is heavily wooded, providing some shade, and is home to the Saltwater Creek campsite. The beach can be accessed from the Saltwater Creek campsite at the end of the access road from Duck Hole Road.
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Saltwater Creek meets the South Pacific Ocean at a beautiful white sand beach in Ben Boyd National park. The beach looks north-east and has a rock shelf at either end. The wide Saltwater Creek forms a lagoon at the northern end, popular for swimming. Woodburn Creek also forms a lagoon on the southern end of the beach. Both creeks have a brown colouration from the tea tree, that forms a beautiful contrast with the white sand and blue ocean. The back of the beach is heavily wooded, providing some shade, and is home to the Saltwater Creek campsite. The beach can be accessed from the Saltwater Creek campsite at the end of the access road from Duck Hole Road.

Then cross the ford.
After another 1.5 km find the "Red Cliffs" (7 m on your right).
Red Cliffs
Red Cliffs

Red Cliffs - These fantastic red coastal cliffs are found about 1km north of saltwater creek in Ben Boyd National Park. The cliffs are made of a red siltstone. As the name suggests, this rock is made from deposited silt, making it much finer grain than sandstone. The red silt came from nearby volcanic eruptions long ago, and is clearly different from the other brown siltstone and sandstone in the region. The cliff is unfenced and provides views out to sea and into a few surrounding bays.
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Red Cliffs - These fantastic red coastal cliffs are found about 1km north of saltwater creek in Ben Boyd National Park. The cliffs are made of a red siltstone. As the name suggests, this rock is made from deposited silt, making it much finer grain than sandstone. The red silt came from nearby volcanic eruptions long ago, and is clearly different from the other brown siltstone and sandstone in the region. The cliff is unfenced and provides views out to sea and into a few surrounding bays.

Continue another 2.5 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.2 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Mowarry Point lookout".
Mowarry Point lookout
Mowarry Point lookout

Mowarry Point lookout is an informal vantage on Mowarry Point in Ben Boyd National Park. There is no signage or other infrastructure. The lookout provides a unobstructed view to the north and north-east, along the coast of Ben Boyd National Park. The view extends up to Eden, into Twofold Bay and out over the South Pacific Ocean. There are some Melaleuca trees that offer limited shade.
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Mowarry Point lookout is an informal vantage on Mowarry Point in Ben Boyd National Park. There is no signage or other infrastructure. The lookout provides a unobstructed view to the north and north-east, along the coast of Ben Boyd National Park. The view extends up to Eden, into Twofold Bay and out over the South Pacific Ocean. There are some Melaleuca trees that offer limited shade.

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Terrain
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Saltwater Creek Campsite to Mowarry Point


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.4 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -89 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-89 m[toilet]
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