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Birdwatching at Ben's Walk
Vegetation Types - sandstone cliffs, riparian woodland, farmland, rainforest, tall open forest
Grade and Distance: - 5km circuit (2 hrs) easy grade, many steps, flat sections
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.
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.