Even if you think you know this coastline from Red Rock in the north to the charming Sawtell in the South. There’s all the little coastal villages to discover.
Must See and Do
- Gumbaynggirr Country and History
- Dammerels Headland and Story of the Lighthouse keeper
- River Crossings
- Winter Whale Watching
- Sawtell Ocean Pool
I grew up swimming, surfing and playing along this glorious stretch and thought I’d been to every beach, gazed out from every headland and sifted through shells in every rock pool – I was wrong. Time and time again, I found myself taken aback by the picturesque protected coves, the dramatic rocky cliffs, the pathways through remnant rainforest and the abundance of flora and fauna on display.
There’s an accommodation option to suit every budget from unpowered camp sites to luxury resorts. If you’re doing the walk over four days, why not mix it up? Spend a night glamping in one of Reflections Caravan Parks’ deluxe safari tents then treat yourself to a spacious and self-contained room with ocean views at Solitary Island Lodge.
The one thing likely to seriously side track you is the huge selection of cafes, restaurants and general stores along the way. You’ll definitely want to sample the coffee at Rafa’s Café at Corindi, Mullaway General Store, Bluebottles Brasserie in Woolgoolga, Emerald Beach General Store and the Salute kiosk at the Coffs Harbour Jetty – and that’s just the start! Planning your rest stops around the fabulous brunch and lunch spots on offer makes a lot of sense.
This walk can be as easy or as challenging as you’d like to make it. There are options to complete small sections or to do the whole 60 kilometres over three or four days. The versatility makes it attractive to young families, serious adventurers and everyone in between. The pathways are clearly marked with practical, yet subtle infrastructure in place to enhance your experience without taking the focus off the natural environment.
You can complete the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk at any time of the year. Having the ocean by your side for the entire journey, there’s always the option to jump in and cool off if the day gets too hot. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little chilly, pick up your pace to a slow jog or stop to bask in the sun on a pre-warmed rock.
There’s a lot of variation and you never quite know what’s around the next bend: calm little coves, long rugged beaches, estuaries and inlets, bush tracks and a headland full of kangaroos.
See our Solitary Islands Coastal Walk web page to plan your trip.