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The Shoalhaven on the NSW south coast is home to an amazing variety of birds and is a mecca for birdwatchers.
BirdLife Shoalhaven promotes a better understanding of our birds and works tirelessly to ensure their survival.

Shoalhaven Heads Bird Walk

Grade and Distance: - 1.5km return (1.5hr) - easy to medium grade, mudflats, paths and beach walking

Vegetation Types - beach, coastal dunes, estuary, mudflats, sandflats

What to look for:
A number of migratory species, like Eastern Curlews, Pacifc Golden Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits and Red-necked Stints, are all common residents from spring until autumn. Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots, Double-banded Plovers and White-fronted Chats can also be seen here. This is also a great spot for rarities, with an Inland Dotterel, Sanderlings and Lesser Sand Plovers having been seen here in the past. There are usually good numbers of residents such as cormorants, Black Swans, Red-capped Plovers and Pied Oystercatchers. Shearwaters and Australasian Gannets can often be seen offshore. Keep clear of the sign-posted nesting areas during spring and summer.

Downloadable PDF List for all bird species recorded on Birdata at Shoalhaven Heads

Turn right off Bolong Road into Shoalhaven Heads Road and after 1km, turn right in Bolt Street and left into River Road. Drive to the carpark at the end of River Road where there are toilets and signage about shorebirds. Take one of the tracks to the beach and, if the river mouth is closed, walk along the beach about 800m and cross the dune back onto the river mudflats.

This walk can also be found in the Shoalhaven Bird Walks brochure.

This is a mudmap of the walks

Links to all the self-guided Shoalhaven bird walks:

1. Bangalee Reserve
4. Ben's Walk
7. Booderee Botanic Gardens
10. Little Forest Plateau
13. Hyams Beach
16. Warden Head

2. Bomaderry Creek
5. Lake Wollumboola
8. Murray's Beach Circuit
11. Narrawallee Inlet
14. Vincentia WTP
17. Wilfords Lane Wetlands

3. Shoalhaven Heads
6. Abraham's Bosom
9. Yatte Yattah NR
12. Burrill Lake
15. Callala Wetland Walkway
18. Lake Conjola Entrance

Download the Shoalhaven Bird Walks brochure

Pacific Golden Plover

Eastern Curlew