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Giriwa walking track

Meroo National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Meroo National Park
Distance
3km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
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

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.
View across Burrill Lake, Meroo National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk/OEH