Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve

Overview

Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, on the NSW South Coast near Ulladulla, is ideal for a family friendly day trip with fishing, walking and birdwatching.

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With golden beaches, lush coastal forests and tranquil waterways, Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve is a little-known jewel on the spectacular NSW South Coast. Tucked in between Ulladulla and Lake Conjola, it offers a perfect nature getaway for families and nature-lovers.

The reserve protects nearly 5km of pristine coastline, dunes and lush coastal hinterland. Here, you can explore remote beaches, tranquil wetlands and lush coastal forests. Enjoy a fun-filled day of beach fishing or walking and cycling the quiet trails through the leafy forests of old man banksias and prehistoric burrawangs.

It’s the perfect spot to commune with nature and enjoy some of the best birdwatching on the coast. The wetlands of Narrawallee Creek and Pattimoores Lagoon are important bird breeding regions and places of refuge for birdlife during times of drought.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/narrawallee-creek-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    FromUlladulla:

    • Turn east off Princess Highway at Yatte Yattah onto Lake Conjola Entrance Road
    • Turn south onto Thorn Street and follow it to the reserve carpark

    Alternatively:

    • Turn onto Narrawallee Creek Road from Lake Conjola Entrance Road. Park in the small carpark on your right and walk or cycle from here.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    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.

    Spring

    Enjoy tranquil walking along the park's scenic wetlands, indulging in a spot of birdwatching along the way.

    Summer

    Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the park's coastal location and enjoy fishing and picnicking by the water's edge.

    Winter

    Warm yourself up with some scenic walking while wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 24°C

    Highest recorded

    44.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    8.8°C and 16.2°C

    Lowest recorded

    5.9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    May

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    160.9mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    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 + 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 dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Lake Conjola (1 km)

    Lake Conjola is a deep coastal lake regularly open to the sea which provides a wonderful playground for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

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    Ulladulla (18 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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    Nowra (57 km)

    Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.

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    Learn more

    Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Rare nesting grounds

    Pelicans (Pelecanus), Narrawallee Creek Nature. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    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.

    Historic remnants

    Pattimores Lagoon, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    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.

    Diverse landscapes

    Views along Burrawang track, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    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.

    Ancient fishing grounds

    Narrawallee Inlet walk, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    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.

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    What we're doing

    Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve 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.

    Narrawallee National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk