Starting from the car park on Wedgetail Street, Halls Head, this walk takes you on a stroll in Samphire Cove Nature Reserve. The walk is named after fleshy, orange and green samphire plants that can be found inside the reserve. The walk is especially suitable for birdwatching enthusiasts with lots of migratory bird species visiting. The delicate plantation allows the wildlife in the area to thrive, which in turn provides food for the migratory birds. There are viewing platforms and a boardwalk for visitors as well. You can time it right and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the estuary without leaving the city. Be cautious about the snakes, especially between December and February. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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.
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Old Coast Road and drive for another 230 m
Turn right onto Leisure Way and drive for another 510 m
Continue onto Egret Point and drive for another 155 m
Turn left onto Wedgetail Retreat and drive for another 15 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the intersection of Egret Point Road and Wedgetail Retreat, head towards the green Samphire Cove Nature Reserve sign along the paved path. Pass by the said sign and pass through the fence-stile that marks the start of the track. Head along the paved track as it veers left, then keep left at the 3-way intersection (100 metres into the walk) to continue along the Samphire Cove Walk.....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
After another 15 m head through/around the "Entrance to Reserve".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip to another platform for bird-watching. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 220 m cross the bridge (about 270 m long)
Continue another 100 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 700 m to get back to the start.
A side trip to another platform for bird-watching.
Directions & comments
After another 50 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 50 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Samphire Cove Walk
40 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)