Narrawallee Inlet walking track
Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
Enjoy walking or cycling through the coastal forests of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve along Narrwallee Inlet walking track, offering great birdwatching and fishing.
- Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
- 9km loop
- Time suggested
- 2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
- Grade 3
- What to
- Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Leading through a delightful array of unspoilt coastal forests and waterways, the natural beauty of Narrawallee Inlet walking track is bound to enliven the senses and revive the spirit. Situated in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, north of Ulladulla, this moderate walk is ideal for birdwatchers, cyclists and bushwalkers who love to get away from it all.
As you wind through the forest on foot or mountain bike, be sure to look out for the ancient burrawang palms that hark back to the times of the dinosaurs. The majestic swamp mahogany is an important food source for the threatened swift parrot and regent honeyeater.
Don’t forget the binoculars as the remote beaches and pristine wetlands attract a huge variety of waterbirds including the hooded plover, pied oystercatcher and little tern. For more birdwatching spots, check out nearby Pattimores Lagoon.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/narrawallee-inlet-walking-track/local-alerts
- in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve in the South Coast region
Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Narrawallee Inlet walking track.
Grade 3Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Quality of markings
Clearly sign posted
Quality of path
Formed track, some obstacles
Some bushwalking experience recommended
Getting there and parking
Narrawallee Inlet walking track is in the Inlet precinct of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. To get there:
- Turn south onto Narrawallee Creek Road, just west of the village of Lake Conjola, park in the carpark and walk along the road to the start of the track (Buckleys Point trail).
For the walk:
- From Buckleys Point trail, walk south onto Inlet trail and then west onto Mangrove trail.
- When you get back to Buckleys Point trail, go left back to Narrawallee Creek Road.
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Narrawallee Inlet walking track can become boggy when it rains.
Parking is available at Narrawallee Inlet road, a short walk from Narrawallee Inlet walk.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.
The NSW South Coast is renowned as a great spot for whale and dolphin watching, so one of these beautiful giants of the sea could well be joining you on your park visit.
Enjoy tranquil walking along the park's scenic wetlands, indulging in a spot of birdwatching along the way.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the park's coastal location and enjoy fishing and picnicking by the water's edge.
Warm yourself up with some scenic walking while wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
18°C and 24°C
8.8°C and 16.2°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.
Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.
Narrawallee Inlet walking track is in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Ancient fishing grounds
The reserve is situated within the traditional lands of the Wanda Wandian people and the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council. With nearby creeks, lagoons and beaches, this coastal oasis is likely to have been an important food-gathering area. The reserve protects Aboriginal middens and tool-making sites, as well as canoe and shield-making trees.
This unique reserve protects a staggering variety of landscapes in a relatively small area, making it a region of incredible beauty as well as conservation importance. Here you can wander a veritable smorgasbord of woodlands, swamps, lagoons and lakes. Explore the range of landscapes and see if you can spot the changing forests from swamplands to dunes.
- Burrawang track - Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point North of Ulladulla, Burrawang track leads from Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point, offering fantastic fishing and birdwatching in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.
- Pattimores Lagoon Near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast, tranquil Pattimores Lagoon in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve offers a viewing platform for birdwatching with scenic wetland views.
Between the First and Second World Wars, silica was extensively mined near Pattimore's Lagoon. Now protected, you can wander the remains of the silica mining era and discover cuttings, mounds and even an old tram line that is now being taken back by mother nature. In the early 1900s, as well as a small amount of grazing, there was some selective logging of turpentine and blackbutt from the forests. There are still some tall stumps with notches that show where springboards were placed by the axemen.
Rare nesting grounds
The beaches are some of the most important nesting and feeding areas for the critically endangered hooded plover and endangered pied oystercatcher. These distinctive birds can be seen nesting during spring and summer. This unique reserve protects a type of swamp forest that is dominated by the swamp mahogany, which in turn is an important food source for several threated species including the swift parrot, regent honeyeater and yellow-bellied glider.
- Conjola Beach picnic area Spend the day at Conjola Beach picnic area exploring remote beaches, bushwalking, whale watching and birdwatching, in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, near Lake Conjola Village.
- Narrawallee Inlet walking track Enjoy walking or cycling through the coastal forests of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve along Narrwallee Inlet walking track, offering great birdwatching and fishing.