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Nadgee wilderness walk is a 55km, grade 5 one way hike, located in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3-4 days to complete.
If you’re looking for the ultimate coastal hike, Nadgee wilderness walk could possibly be the one. Not for the faint-hearted, it’s a four-day 55km hike along untouched pieces of southern NSW coastline from Merrica River to Mallacoota, and well worth experiencing.
In a truly isolated and spectacular environment, you’ll discover remote beaches, rugged coastline, tranquil lagoons and shifting sand dunes. As you walk, you’ll easily become a birdwatcher – hundreds of seabirds can be seen along the way, such as short-tailed shearwaters, sooty oystercatchers, hooded plovers and gannets.
Eastern water dragons are often seen sunning themselves on warm stones by creeks. And while pods of dolphins often mingle along the beaches, whales can be seen making their annual migration between September and November.
You’ll need to be an experienced backpack camper to explore the entirety of this walk. Little Creek Estuary, Bunyip Hole and Nadgee River campgrounds, to name a few, are great places to settle down for the evening. You’ll often hear the night-time calls of powerful and sooty owls.
With so many natural wonders to see on Nadgee wilderness walk, this multi-day hike along the south coast of NSW is the ideal antidote to modern life.
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.
Nadgee wilderness Walk is in the northern precinct of Nadgee Nature Reserve. To get there from Eden:Travel south along the Princes Highway for 22.5 kmTurn left onto Wonboyn Road for 8.7kmTurn right onto Old Bridge Forest Road for 5.6km (signposted Nadgee Nature Reserve)Turn left onto Newtons Road and travel to Merrica River (approximately 9km) Road quality Check the weather before you set out as the road to Merrica River trackhead can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available at Merrica River trackhead, east of the Merrica River crossing.
The maximum number of hikers taking the Nadgee wilderness walk is 30 at a time. Maximum group size is eight.
Please be aware that tracks can be indistinct, difficult to follow, or unmarked in certain places. in heavy rain, Merrica River may flood, making it impassable until the river goes down.
Record your arrival and departure at the registration station located at the track head facility.
Clean boots using the boot-cleaning station at Merrica River trackhead before you enter the nature reserve.
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.