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Merrica River nature trail

“The scenery around the Merrica River estuary is taken straight from the backdrop of a nature documentary. It’s a place of peace and solitude.”

The area around the river mouth is virtually untouched, and those who explore the Merrica River nature trail will be rewarded by a changing landscape and the joy of discovery.

This is a long walk, so you’ll also want to bring your swimmers for a dip where the river meets the ocean – after you’ve crossed the creek, passed the waterfall and rockpools, and followed the fire trail through the eucalypt forest. Here, you’ll also see the vast expanses of beautiful Disaster Bay.

As you’re walking, watch for eastern water dragons sunning themselves on stones near the creek or marvel at the hermit crabs feeding on the beach at low tide. Merrica River also has a pair of resident sea eagles who can often be seen patrolling the river and coast for food.


Getting there

Getting there:

Merrica River nature trail is in the northern precinct of Nadgee Nature Reserve. To get there from Eden:

  • Travel south along the Princes Highway for 22.5km
  • Turn left on Wonboyn Road and follow it for 8.7km
  • Turn right into old Old Bridge Forest Road and travel for a further 5.6km
  • The Merrica River carpark and track head is located across the Merrica River causeway

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - Dry weather only


Parking is available at Merrica trackhead facility, east of the Merrica River crossing.

Important info


4km (one-way)

Time suggested:

3 hours each way


Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach.  It is unpatrolled and swimming is not recommended here.
  • You'll need to bring drinking water
  • There is no mobile reception in this reserve
  • If you’re bushwalking in this reserve it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season. No wood fires allowed.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Merrica River nature trail can become boggy when it rains
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • At the beginning of the walk, ensure your rinse your shoes at the boot-cleaning station to avoid bringing phytophthora or weeds into the reserve.

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Merrica River, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: Alison Mackay