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Nadgee wilderness walk

Nadgee Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Nadgee wilderness walk.

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    3 - 4 days

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    55km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Very experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

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

  • Travel south along the Princes Highway for 22.5 km
  • Turn left onto Wonboyn Road for 8.7km
  • Turn right onto Old Bridge Forest Road for 5.6km (signposted Nadgee Nature Reserve)
  • Turn left onto Newtons Road and travel to Merrica River (approximately 9km)

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Merrica River trackhead can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available at Merrica River trackhead, east of the Merrica River crossing.

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

Facilities

There is no drinking water in this reserve. You'll need to bring your own supply of water for drinking and cooking.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

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.

Walking opportunities in this reserve are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

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).

Permitted

Camping

Walkers staying overnight require a permit. Applications for permits are available by calling the Merimbula NPWS office on (02) 6495 5000.

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Fires are not permitted from December to March. This may be extended during times of drought. Please check with the Merimbula NPWS office. You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves.

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.

Nadgee wilderness walk

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Nadgee shore, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Copyright: NSW Government.