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Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
14.5 km SE of Eden
Length: 9.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 9.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 213 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 213 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This return walk, from Saltwater Creek camping area, heads south along the coast and around the headlands to Hegartys Bay. The walk passes over a large expanse of low heath along the headland between the bays, providing great panoramic views of the coast. There is a small campsite at Hegartys Bay with some shade and a fascinating red rock platform on the waters edge. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay
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Saltwater Creek Campsite Information Sign
Saltwater Creek Beach Nth
Saltwater Creek Beach Sth
Hegartys Bay Beach
Starting point for this hiking track: Saltwater Creek Beach Nth

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Kiah 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88231S 
 Green Cape 1:100 000 Map Series 8923 

Photo Gallery

 
Day use parking area sign, Saltwater Creek camping area
 
Day use parking area sign, Saltwater Creek camping area +
 
Saltwater Creek and dune
 
Saltwater Creek and dune +
 
Saltwater Creek Beach
 
Saltwater Creek Beach +

 
First foot prints of the morning, Saltwater Creek Beach
 
First foot prints of the morning, Saltwater Creek Beach +
 
Woodburn Creek
 
Woodburn Creek +
 
Signpost south of Saltwater Creek Beach
 
Signpost south of Saltwater Creek Beach +

 
Information sign just above Saltwater Creek Beach
 
Information sign just above Saltwater Creek Beach +
 
Track through low heath
 
Track through low heath +
 
Regrowth next to track
 
Regrowth next to track +

 
Burnt trees beside the track
 
Burnt trees beside the track +
 
View of Hegartys Bay
 
View of Hegartys Bay +
 
Arrow marker north of Hegarty Bay
 
Arrow marker north of Hegarty Bay +

 
North Hegartys Bay
 
North Hegartys Bay +
 
Hegartys Bay
 
Hegartys Bay +
 
Drift wood seats north of Hegartys Bay camping area
 
Drift wood seats north of Hegartys Bay camping area +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 10km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 4.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 490m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 4.2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 670m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3.9km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 990m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 180m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 670m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Saltwater Creek Campsite Information Sign
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Saltwater Creek campground Alt = m
Salwater Creek campground is a nice place from which to access the coastal walking track -there is plenty of swimming, fishing and snorkeling to be done as well. There are some rainwater tanks on site, but be prepared for them to be empty.

(0 km) Saltwater Creek Campsite Information Sign to Saltwater Creek Beach Nth
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 184 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
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.

Saltwater Creek Beach Alt = 0 m
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.

(0.18 km) Saltwater Creek Beach Nth to Saltwater Creek Beach Sth
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 487 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Bittangabee Bay' heading to the far end of the beach, keeping the ocean on the left. This walk tends right, towards the dunes, to meet a signposted intersection just in the bush, on the hill above the creek.

(0.67 km) Saltwater Creek Beach Sth to Hegartys Bay Camp
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 4.21 km Time = 1 hr 18 mins
Climb = 104 m Descent = -100 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Green Cape Lighthouse' across the hill, keeping the creek below on the right. The track soon turns left up the hill, away from the beach and creek, and then heads up the hill to an open grassland. The track meanders for a considerable time through different vegetation types - grasslands then heath, then melaleuca, and eucalypts/scrub, before reversing the order up the hill to continue around the flat of the grassy headland. The track continues in this way, passing views of Green Cape Lighthouse to the south and the cliffs, to wind down the hill onto Hegartys Bay beach.
Continue straight: From the beach, this walk heads along the rock platform following the arrow markers. The walk winds around the rock features, then turns away from the ocean and lead up stairs into the bush behind the bay. The track winds above the bay (below on the left) for a short time, to then pass a fireplace and seats, before coming to a signposted clearing 'Hegartys Bay Camping Area' with bench seats and a fireplace.

Hegartys Bay camping area Alt = 9 m
Hegartys Bay camping area is a basic bush campsite on the Light to Light walk, about 2km north of Bittangabee. The campsite is signposted and is just north of a small creek that leads to Hegartys Bay. There is another, smaller campsite that is not signposted, about 50m north. The creek is very unreliable and other than some impromptu chairs made from driftwood, there are no facilities provided. The campsite is nestled in a clearing among the tall, dense bush, providing some shade and shelter from winds.

Hegartys Bay Alt = 4 m
Hegartys Bay is a north-east facing bay, about 2km north of Bittangabee in Ben Boyd National Park. The bay has many small boulders at the apex that then fade to rock shelves at each end. The bay is walled by red cliffs at the entrance and the northern wall has some spectacular examples of rock folding. The bay can be accessed along the Light to Light track and is home to a bush campsite.

Drive from Saltwater Creek Campsite Information Sign
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bittangabee campground
Saltwater Creek campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Gas Connection The Arthur Kaine Drv, Pambula (02) 6495 7121 28.9 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 32.3 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 56.9 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 140.5 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 140.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Saltwater Creek to Hegartys Bay
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 20 km (to the NNW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 46 km (to the NW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 48 km (to the SW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
93 km (to the NW)
7 PKA07 Wandella Trig PEAK ALONE 98 km (to the NNW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Far South Coast fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ben Boyd National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Ben Boyd National park is on the NSW South Coast, near Eden. The park was named and established in 1971, in the honour of Benjamin Boyd (1801-1851). Ben Boyd National park protects a wonderful section of coast line from Pambula to Green Cape, split into two distinct sections, one north of Eden and the other south. The park is well known for its contrasting red rocks, whale sighting, Boyd Tower, Green Cape Lighthouse and associated history. Ben Boyd National park offers some great insights into recent European history, Indigenous occupation and natural history. The park provides two campsites some other great recreational experiences.
Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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