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Merrica River nature trail is a 8km, grade 4 Return hike located in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, NSW. The hike should take approximately 6hrs to complete.
The area around the river mouth is virtually untouched, and those who explore the Merrica River nature trail will be rewarded by a changing landscape and the joy of discovery.
This is a long walk, so you’ll also want to bring your swimmers for a dip where the river meets the ocean – after you’ve crossed the creek, passed the waterfall and rockpools, and followed the fire trail through the eucalypt forest. Here, you’ll also see the vast expanses of beautiful Disaster Bay.
As you’re walking, watch for eastern water dragons sunning themselves on stones near the creek or marvel at the hermit crabs feeding on the beach at low tide. Merrica River also has a pair of resident sea eagles who can often be seen patrolling the river and coast for food.
About the Region
Nadgee Nature Reserve in the South Coast region
Nadgee Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Merrica River nature trail is in the northern precinct of Nadgee Nature Reserve. To get there from Eden:Travel south along the Princes Highway for 22.5kmTurn left on Wonboyn Road and follow it for 8.7kmTurn right into old Old Bridge Forest Road and travel for a further 5.6kmThe Merrica River carpark and track head is located across the Merrica River causeway Road quality Check the weather before you set out as the road to Merrica River nature trail can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available at Merrica trackhead facility, east of the Merrica River crossing.
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.