Meroo National Park

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Overview

Meroo National Park is a coastal playground near Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, where options for fishing, walking, paddling, birdwatching, cycling and camping await you.

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Meroo National Park is a pristine coastal playground near Ulladulla and Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast, packed with natural beauty and things to do. Whether you are looking for a camping holiday with the kids, a weekend getaway and or just a secluded spot for swimming and a relaxing picnic, Meroo has something for you.

You'll find coastal lakes ideal for kayaking, paddling and fishing. There are lots of short walking tracks to choose from and plenty of unsealed roads and trails for cycling and exploring on your mountain bike. It also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities and great vantage points for whale watching and spotting dolphins at Meroo Head lookout or Nuggan Point.

Visit as a day trip, or pack your tent or camper trailer and wake up to the sound of birdcalls at one of the peaceful campgrounds in this coastal paradise.

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Getting there and parking

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    From Ulladulla:

    • Drive approximately 5km south on Princes Highway to the start of Meroo National Park
    • For the Lagoon Head precinct, turn left onto Pot Holes Road approximately 7km south of Ulladulla
    • For the Termeil Point precinct, turn left onto Blackbutt Road approximately 14km south of Ulladulla
    • For the Meroo Head precinct, turn left onto Meroo Point Road approximately 20km south of Ulladulla

    From Batemans Bay:

    • Drive approximately 34km north on Princes Highway to the start of Meroo National Park
    • For the Meroo Head precinct, turn right onto Meroo Point Road approximately 35km north of Batemans Bay
    • For the Termeil Point precinct, turn right onto Blackbutt Road approximately 38km north of Batemans Bay
    • For the Lagoon Head precinct, turn right onto Pot Holes Road approximately 45km north of Batemans Bay

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    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Meroo National Park is not accessible by public transport.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Meroo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Enjoy the serenity on the water while paddling a canoe or kayak in one of the park's coastal lakes.

    Spring

    Escape your busy city life and spend a night at one of the beachside camping areas.

    Summer

    Head to Termeil Beach or Pot Holes Beach for a day of swimming, surfing and beach fishing.

    Winter

    Rug up and take in spectacular coastal views from Nuggan Point walking track.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    9°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    39.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    0°C and 13°C

    Lowest recorded

    -9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    489.6mm

    Facilities

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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Ulladulla (7 km)

    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.   

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    Bawley Point (9 km)

    Some of the beaches around Bawley Point are popular with surfers looking for the best waves along the coast. But there are plenty of other beaches where you can swim, picnic or simply watch kangaroos enjoying the surf.

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    Batemans Bay (35 km)

    Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

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    Learn more

    Meroo National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Rich Aboriginal culture

    Meroo Lake, Meroo National Park. Photo: M Jarman

    Meroo National Park forms part of the traditional lands of the Budawang and Murramarang tribes, who are part of the Dhurga language group. Meroo Lake has important spiritual significance for local Aboriginal groups because, along with other lakes in the region, it is connected to the Pigeon House Didthul creation stories that connect them with their country and ancestor spirits. The park is rich with archaeological sites including shell middens, open campsites, artefact scatters, stone arrangements, rock shelters and a burial site.

    • Giriwa walking track 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.

    Pristine natural landscapes

    Meroo Lake, Meroo Lake National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    The coastal lakes, foreshores and wetlands you'll find in Meroo are outstanding examples of pristine natural environments. Only 10% of NSW estuaries remain in such a natural condition. This unspoilt landscape supports endangered ecological communities like the swamp oak floodplain forest and bangalay-banksia dry forest and helps to protect vulnerable plant species such as the tangled bedstraw and leafless tongue orchid.

    • Meroo Head lookout walking track You can’t miss the spectacular coastal views from Meroo Head lookout walking track. It’s an easy walking track and a great place for birdwatching and whale watching.
    • Nuggan Point walking track Go walking or mountain biking on this easy trail. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, fishing, whale watching and birdwatching at Nuggan Point, then stop at Meroo Beach for a swim.

    Amazing wildlife haven

    Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Meroo National Park. Photo: M Makeham

    Meroo and Termeil Lakes are listed in the National Directory of Important Australian Wetlands and stand out for their abundance and diversity of mammals and frogs. The park also has at least 12 threatened wildlife species, including significant populations of the nationally endangered green and golden bell frog. As you explore the coastline keep a lookout to spot dolphins and whales off the coast. Thee's also excellent opportunities for birdwatching at Meroo. You'll see ducks, swans, pelicans, honeyeaters, superb blue wrens and pied oystercatchers. You might also spot sea eagles or an osprey soaring overhead. And if you're really lucky, you might even see a pair of hooded plover. There are less than 25 pairs known to occur in NSW, and the Meroo, Termeil and Willinga Lake entrances are prime breeding habitats for this vulnerable species.

    • Meroo Lake walking track Wrap yourself in the tranquillity of calm coastal waters at Meroo Lake walking track. Enjoy paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching and walking in a pristine natural landscape.
    • Tabourie Lake Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.

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    What we're doing

    Meroo National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.