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Nadgee Nature Reserve


The natural beauty of Nadgee Nature Reserve has been preserved for centuries, allowing visitors to explore, bushwalk, birdwatch and swim in a pristine coastal landscape.

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On the far south coast of NSW is a startling area of untouched beauty. Nadgee Nature Reserve is a haven for those who relish getting back to nature and thrive on peace and quiet. The only sign of life along long stretches of sand might be footprints left by wallabies. Swim in pristine lakes or walk along sandstone cliffs, peering into the coastal heath to see native wrens and little wattlebirds. If you fancy fishing, you’re in luck – there is superior beach, estuary and lake fishing throughout the reserve.

At Nadgee’s north end is the family-friendly town of Wonboyn, close to easy day walks, picnic grounds and tranquil beaches. Further south, experienced hikers can take on the 60km Nadgee–Howe wilderness walk. At Nadgee you won’t be bothered at all by crowds, other than perhaps a pod of dolphins riding the waves.


Get Wild About Whales in Eden

NSW national parks around Eden have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from June to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken


  • 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:
      Fax: (02) 6495 5055
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Nadgee shore, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Copyright: NSW Government.