The south coast of NSW is blessed with some stunning little creeks and inlets, but I’d wager that few of them are as photogenic as Narrawallee Inlet. Located just to the north of Mollymook and a couple of hours south of Sydney, this little oasis is like a tropical gem in the sub-tropical Shoalhaven.
The inlet has been a favourite with local families for many years, and it’s easy to see why. The waters are calm and sheltered and at low-tide you can walk out on the sand-banks and dangle your feet in the warm and crystal clear creek. It’s not rocky, it’s very unspoilt and there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The closest carpark is located at the northern end of Matron Potter Drive in Narrawallee, but if that fills up then there’s plentiful parking all the way down the street backing onto Narrawallee Beach. There are picnic tables, barbecues, a toilet block and a kid’s play area. Get there early and snag a spot in the main car park to make the most of the location.
The little hill on the southern side of the creek is known as Preservation Rock and there’s a path at the base of it that leads round to the mouth of the inlet. You can get to the top of Preservation Rock too, but it’s a bit of a bush-hack as there is no well defined path up to the top. The inlet backs onto Narrawallee Beach (which is a fine surfing beach) and Buckleys Beach which you’ll need to paddle or swim across to over the creek.
The inlet is a perfect place for stand-up paddling (particular if you’re a beginner) as the waters are always calm and useable even at low tide. You can paddle all the way down the creek and explore the Narrwallee Creek Nature Reserve and its mangrove ecosystem. Alternatively just got a swim and see if you can spot the stingrays and colourful soldier crabs that live here in abundance.
Once you’ve enjoyed the inlet, both Mollymook and Milton are in very close proximity and you’ll find plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to amuse you at either.