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Merrica River nature trail

Nadgee Nature Reserve


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.

Nadgee Nature Reserve
Time suggested
Please note

  • You'll need to bring drinking water, and it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen and a hat before you set out.
  • 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.
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach. It is unpatrolled and swimming is not recommended here.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Merrica River nature trail can become boggy when it rains.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this reserve it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • There is no mobile reception in this 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