Jewfish walk

Nadgee Nature Reserve

Overview

The easy Jewfish walk takes you through the forest to the edge of Wonboyn Lake, where you can enjoy swimming, birdwatching, fishing and picnicking.

Where
Nadgee Nature Reserve
Distance
0.6km return
Time suggested
15min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Follow the boardwalk that meanders through the tall forest and, before long, Jewfish walk arrives at the beach on the edge of Wonboyn Lake. Once you’re there, you’ll be cooled by the peaceful atmosphere. With its calm water, this is the perfect place for young kids to paddle in the shallows. Keen fishermen will catch tailor, flathead and, of course, the occasional jewfish here.

In spring, the air is filled with the sweet perfume of the swamp paperbark’s blossom. Summer brings the cream flowers of the rough-barked apple and, with them, the honeyeaters and parrots that come to feed.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Jewfish walk.

Track grading

Grade 2

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    15min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    0.6km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Jewfish Walk is in the northern precinct of Nadgee Nature Reserve. To get there from Eden:

    • Travel south along the Princes Highway for 22.5km
    • Turn left onto Wonboyn Road and follow the road through Wonboyn village and to Myrtle Cove
    • Follow Nadgee Road from Myrtle Cove to the entrance of Nadgee Nature Reserve
    • Jewfish car park in on the left immediately after the Nadgee Nature Reserve sign

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Jewfish walk can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at Jewfish car park, adjacent to the start of the walk.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Nadgee Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Autumn is a great time to enjoy Nadgee, with the mild climate favouring walking and picnicking, flower spotting and birdwatching.

    Spring

    Try your luck spotting humpback whales as they migrate south to the Antarctic on any of the beaches and headlands within Nadgee Take one of the many walks – short or long – and view the beautiful wildflowers .

    Summer

    Relax by the pristine beaches and rivers within the reserve.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 22°C

    Highest recorded

    37.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded

    2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    370.1mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

    You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Prohibited

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    No wood fires allowed.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Eden (1 km)

    Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watch tour. It's built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Merimbula (31 km)

    The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Pambula (21 km)

    Pambula is a historic river village in majestic rural surroundings. The town is at the mouth of the Pambula River among forests and lakes.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Jewfish walk is in Nadgee Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A spring treat

    Nadgee wilderness walk, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    The vegetation in Nadgee has been almost undisturbed since European settlement. In the heath, you'll see the red and pink flowers of the common heath, masses of orange banksias, and the white blooms of the wedding bush. As summer approaches, breathe in the sweet aroma of the cream flowers of the giant honey myrtles that grow near Wonboyn Lake and the beach. With its combination of coastal heath, forest and shoreline, Nadgee is inhabited by many different species of birds. From catching glimpses of tiny wrens and ground parrots in the heathlands to staring awed at soaring white-bellied sea eagles along the coastline, you'll need your binoculars to make the most of bird watching opportunities.

    • Greenglade picnic area From Greenglade picnic area you can explore one of the most magical and deserted beaches in Nadgee. Try your luck at fishing and spend the day relaxing at this convenient spot.
    • Jewfish walk The easy Jewfish walk takes you through the forest to the edge of Wonboyn Lake, where you can enjoy swimming, birdwatching, fishing and picnicking.
    • Merrica River nature trail 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.

    Living treasure

    Green Glade picnic area, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Whatever part of Nadgee you explore, you'll be rewarded with pristine landscapes and stunning vistas. The reserve sits within Australia's Coastal Wilderness, which runs from the south coast of NSW to East Gippsland in Victoria, one of the 16 areas named as Australia's National Landscapes because of their natural, cultural or spiritual significance. It really is a special place.

    • Bay Cliff walking track Bay Cliff walking track offers families and bushwalkers an easy hike along the beach and the past the lake. Enjoy birdwatching and fishing along the way.
    • Nadgee wilderness walk Nadgee wilderness walk is a spectacular 55km walk from Merrica River to Mallacoota, with coastal views. It's great for birdwatching, whale watching and camping.

    People of the land

    Cape Howe dunes, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: John Ford

    The area of the reserve is part of the lands of the Bidawal people and shared with the Dtharwa and Monaroo people. Aboriginal people have a long spiritual and cultural association with the area around Nadgee. Before settlement, they would travel from as far away as Wollongong, Mallacoota and Monaroo to places like Bay Cliff and Greenglade. Middens can be seen around Wonboyn Lake and along the shore.

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    Jewfish walk, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer