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Giriwa walking track is a 3km, grade 3 one way hike, located in the Meroo National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
Located 10min from Ulladulla, or 35min from Batemans Bay, Giriwa walking track offers rich Aboriginal heritage, magnificent lake views, and great water activities.
Starting at Burrill Lake East picnic area, at the end of Burrill Lake Drive, the 3km track traces the southern shore of the lake to Western Arm picnic area. Giriwa’ means goanna, and you may see the track’s namesake, or spot honeyeaters and crimson rosellas amongst the tallowwood and flowering black wattle.
Signs along the track highlight more than 20,000 years of continuous Aboriginal culture in this area. As you walk, learn about the strong Aboriginal connection to this land. Find out about bush medicines, or food like the edible native cherry, and cabbage tree palms which provide basket weaving material.
With picnic areas at each end of the walk, why not stop for a picnic on the lakeshore, or cool off with a swim. Burrill Lake is also a scenic spot to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or go fishing.
This track is part of the longer Giriwa Bagan goanna country’ walking trail, which includes Gari walking track. Gari’ means snake, and this 1km extension snakes from the lake’s East picnic area to a fascinating Aboriginal rock shelter.
About the region
Meroo National Park
Giriwa walking track is in the northern area of Meroo National Park. To get there:From Ulladulla: Drive south on the Princes Highway and continue through Burrill Lake Village.Around 1.5km after crossing the bridge, turn right on to Romney Park Road.Follow the signs to Burrill Lake’s East picnic area or Western Arm picnic area, along Lake Road and Burrill Lake Drive.You can also take Wheelbarrow Road off the highway, then right on to Lake Road.From Batemans Bay: Head north on the Princes Highway for around 47km.Before you reach Burrill Lake, turn left on to Wheelbarrow Road.Turn right onto Lake Road after about 1km, then follow the signs to the Burrill Lake’s East picnic area or Western Arm picnic area.You can also take Romney Park Road off the highway, then right on to Lake Road. Road quality The unsealed roads to the East picnic area, and in particular to Western Arm picnic area, are not suitable for vehicles with trailers. 4WD vehicles are recommended. 2WD vehicles with low clearance should use caution even in dry weather. Please take care when turning on to Romney Park Road or Wheelbarrow Road from the busy Princes Highway. Directional signage is not provided from the highway. Unsealed roads Vehicle access Most roads require 4WD vehicle Weather restrictions 4WD required in wet weather Parking Limited parking is available at Burrill Lake’s East picnic area and Western Arm picnic area.
Giriwa walking track can be walked in either direction. A car shuffle is recommended if you have small children.
The Gari walking track extension to Burrill Lake Rock Shelter is managed by Shoalhaven City Council.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.