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Merrica River nature trail

Nadgee Nature Reserve

Overview

Those seeking a bushwalk through pristine landscapes and along deserted beaches swimming, fishing and picnicking on the way – should head to Merrica Creek nature trail.

Where
Nadgee Nature Reserve
Distance
4km
Time suggested
3hrs
Grading
Medium
Price
Free
Please note
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Merrica River, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: Alison Mackay