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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.

Ben's Walk

Grade and Distance: - 5km circuit (2 hrs) easy grade, many steps, flat sections

Vegetation Types - sandstone cliffs, riparian woodland, farmland, rainforest, tall open forest

What to look for:
This is an excellent birding location on the very edge of Nowra with great views over the Shoalhaven River. Rainbow Bee-eaters migrate to the area in summer and nest in the steep banks at the entrance to Nowra Creek. Rockwarblers are often seen around Hanging Rock cliff-line and Southern Boobooks have been seen under the overhangs and in neighbouring foliage. A wide variety of the Shoalhaven's birds, including finches, honeyeaters, thornbills, whistlers and cormorants, are all seen regularly.

Downloadable PDF List for all bird species recorded on Birdata at Ben's Walk

Bens Walk starts from the spectacular Hanging Rock at the Nowra Showground, about 1km west of the Nowra CBD at the end of Worrigee Street. Although there is a footpath all the way, there are some rough sections that include rock steps and tree roots that must be negotiated. A suspension bridge over Nowra Creek provides access to a circuit around the creek and Depot Farm.

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

Rock Warbler

Rainbow Bee-eater