Saltwater Beach to Red Cliffs
Yuin Country

1 h to 1 h 30 min

3.3 km
return

↑ 59 m
↓ -59 m

Moderate track
This walk starts from Saltwater Creek camping area and heads north around the bay to the red cliffs. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the end of Saltwater Creek, the beach and the varied bushland on it's journey to the bald rock platform. From the rock platform, there are awesome views and sounds of the sea smashing against the red cliffs below. It is worth spending some time exploring the rocks, being careful to stay clear of the edge. 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.
Wire fence to Saltwater Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
BBQ in Saltwater Creek camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Saltwater Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track north of Saltwater Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost northern end of Saltwater Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Native Grass. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Light to Light walk north of Saltwater Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Saltwater Beach from the north. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walkers north of Saltwater Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Turqoise coloured see south of Red Cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old farm fence. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thick trees beside track. | 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 the heath to red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs onto red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waves crashing onto red cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bush Cockroach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View north of red cliffs. | 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.
Continue another 1.5 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.7 km to get back to the start.
"Red Cliffs".
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.

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Terrain
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Saltwater Beach to Red Cliffs


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
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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