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Giriwa walking track

Meroo National Park

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Discover Aboriginal cultural heritage along Giriwa walking track, in Meroo National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Burrill Lake, near Ulladulla, then stop for a picnic, swim or kayak.

3km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, insect repellent
Please note
  • Giriwa walking track can be walked in either direction. A car shuffle is recommended if you have small children.
  • The Gari walking track extension to Burrill Lake Rock Shelter is managed by Shoalhaven City Council.

Located 10min from Ulladulla, or 35min from Batemans Bay, Giriwa walking track offers rich Aboriginal heritage, magnificent lake views, and great water activities.

Starting at Burrill Lake East picnic area, at the end of Burrill Lake Drive, the 3km track traces the southern shore of the lake to Western Arm picnic area. ‘Giriwa’ means goanna, and you may see the track’s namesake, or spot honeyeaters and crimson rosellas amongst the tallowwood and flowering black wattle.

Signs along the track highlight more than 20,000 years of continuous Aboriginal culture in this area. As you walk, learn about the strong Aboriginal connection to this land. Find out about bush medicines, or food like the edible native cherry, and cabbage tree palms which provide basket weaving material.

With picnic areas at each end of the walk, why not stop for a picnic on the lakeshore, or cool off with a swim. Burrill Lake is also a scenic spot to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or go fishing.

This track is part of the longer Giriwa Bagan ‘goanna country’ walking trail, which includes Gari walking track. ‘Gari’ means snake, and this 1km extension snakes from the lake’s East picnic area to a fascinating Aboriginal rock shelter.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

On the way

  • Sunlight reflects off the lake surface as 2 people unload their car at the parking area for Burrill Lake East picnic area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk/DPIE

    Burrill Lake East picnic area

    Burrill Lake East picnic area is in Meroo National Park, on Giriwa walking track. It’s a great place to stop for snack, cool off with a swim, or set out in a kayak on Burrill Lake.

  • Group of 4 people at a picnic table in bushland setting next to Burrill Lake. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk/DPIE

    Burrill Lake Western Arm picnic area

    Burrill Lake Western Arm picnic area is in Meroo National Park, on Giriwa walking track. It’s the perfect spot for a waterside picnic, or paddle in the lake before a walk.


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