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Nadgee wilderness walk

Nadgee Nature Reserve

Overview

Nadgee wilderness walk is a spectacular 50km walk from Merrica River to Mallacoota, with coastal views. It's great for birdwatching, whale watching and camping.

Where
Nadgee Nature Reserve
Distance
50km one-way
Time suggested
3 days 14hrs
Grade
Hard
Price

Camping fees apply, please contact NPWS Merimbula on (02) 6495 5000 for more information.

Please note

  • The maximum number of hikers taking the Nadgee wilderness walk is 30 at a time. Maximum group size is eight.
  • Please be aware that tracks can be indistinct, difficult to follow, or unmarked in certain places. in heavy rain, Merrica River may flood, making it impassable until the river goes down.
  • Record arrival and departure at the registration station located at the track head facility.
  • Clean boots using the boot-cleaning station at Merrica River trackhead before you enter the nature reserve.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception or drinking water in this reserve. You'll need to bring your own supply of water for drinking and cooking.
  • Walking opportunities in this reserve are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
  • This reserve is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared. Bring appropriate clothing and equipment including topographic map and compass and/or GPS and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at any of the beaches within the nature reserve. Swimming is not recommended in unsupervised beaches.

If you’re looking for the ultimate coastal hike, Nadgee wilderness walk could possibly be the one. Not for the faint-hearted, it’s a four-day 50km hike along untouched pieces of southern NSW coastline from Merrica River to Mallacoota, and well worth experiencing.

In a truly isolated and spectacular environment, you’ll discover remote beaches, rugged coastline, tranquil lagoons and shifting sand dunes. As you walk, you’ll easily become a birdwatcher - hundreds of seabirds can be seen along the way, such as short-tailed shearwaters, sooty oystercatchers, hooded plovers and gannets.

Eastern water dragons are often seen sunning themselves on warm stones by creeks. And while pods of dolphins often mingle along the beaches, whales can be seen making their annual migration between September and November.

You’ll need to be an experienced backpack camper to explore the entirety of this walk. Little Creek Estuary, Bunyip Hole and Nadgee River campgrounds, to name a few, are great places to settle down for the evening. You’ll often hear the night-time calls of powerful and sooty owls.

With so many natural wonders to see on Nadgee wilderness walk, this multi-day hike along the south coast of NSW is the ideal antidote to modern life.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Nadgee Nature Reserve in the South Coast region
  • Nadgee Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Merimbula
      (02) 6495 5000
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods.
    • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
    • Email: FSCR@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 6495 5055
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Nadgee shore, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Copyright: NSW Government.