Nadgee Nature Reserve
Nestled in the south eastern corner of NSW, Nadgee Nature Reserve is a remarkably unspoilt, uncrowded wilderness brimming with some of the most diverse wildlife and flora on the coast.
Waterways include Little River systems and Nadgee Lake, while on the beaches it’s likely the only foot prints will be from the wallabies, and those you leave behind as you explore. Nadgee Nature Reserve contains the only Coastal Wilderness Area in NSW.
Bushwalking and camping
Experienced hikers can challenge themselves on the epic four day Nadgee Wilderness Walk while easier walks are established around Wonboyn Lake and Merrica River.
Nadgee Wilderness Walk a four-day, 50 kilometre hike for the brave which takes you from Merrica River to Mallacoota. It’s a truly isolated landscape, with no mobile reception and limited fresh water. Permits are required for overnight bushwalking. Requests can be directed to National Parks and Wildlife Services Merimbula office on phone (02) 6495 5000.
Merrica River Nature Trail, A great day walk that takes you through the forest and delivers you at the mouth of the Merrica River. The trail is 4 kilometres each way, a steady hour’s walk in and out, but you want to leave a few hours for lunch and a dip in the beach or estuary.
Bay Cliff Walking track is an easy 1.2 kilometre loop around Wonboyn Lake, making it a great one for little ones and bird watchers.
The Jewfish Walk through tall forests to a great fishing and swimming spot on Wonboyn Lake. It is 400 metres and takes around 30 minutes each way.
Picnic at Greenglades
The Greenglade picnic area is ideal for a relaxing day out where you can choose to walk for miles along a deserted beach or soak up the ambience of remote coastal wilderness with a fishing rod in hand. Here you will find basic facilities, including picnic tables, non-flushtoilets and a trail access point. Despite it’s remoteness, Greenglades is suitable for wheelchair access, with medium difficulty.
Wildlife and flora
Fauna that is often recorded in the reserve include ground parrots, eastern bristlebirds, little terns, potoroos and pygmy possums. A number of dingo families also live in the area.
Dry open forest areas occur widely throughout the reserve with patches of rainforest occurring in the upper Nadgee/Battery Creek catchments and low shrubby heaths at Mount Nadgee and along the coastline.
Location and Access
Covering an area of 17,116 ha, the reserve is located 500 km south of Sydney, 40 km north of Genoa (Victoria) and 35 km south of Eden. Baycliff and Greenglade are reached via a rough sandy track which leads off from Wonboyn.
The main body of the reserve is reached via the Old Bridge Road and Newtons Road reaching the Ranger Station, from there access is by foot only. Vehicle access may be closed at short notice due to road conditions. Intending visitors should check with the Merimbula Office before proceeding into the Reserve.
The CMA 1:25000 maps which cover the park are (from north to south): Narrabarba 8823-II-N | Nadgee 8823-II-S
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