Murramarang National Park on the NSW South Coast
How do you feel about wild, untamed beaches? What about jewel-like lakes the colour of turquoise? Or lush green forests of tall eucalypt and ancient burrawangs? Combine that with a lack of crowds, a blissful solitude, and a myriad of wildlife and you may have just found yourself a little piece of heaven. Murramarang National Park on the New South Wales South Coast has all that and more. From Bawley Point in the north all the way down to South Durras, this park stretches over kilometres of pristine coastline and densely forested hills and mountains.
Walks in Murramarang National Park
Murramarang Aboriginal Area walking Track:
This walking track is an easy 2.2km loop track that passes middens and other sites of great Aboriginal cultural and historic significance. Following the coastline for a while you will get great views of Brush island. The track then curves inland and passes through native bushland where you will more than likely see kangaroos grazing.. Take your time, soak in the views and read the interpretive signs that explain the significance of this area. Please stay on the track and leave Aboriginal artefacts undisturbed – you will be helping to preserve them.
North Durras to Depot Beach
From the northern end of North Durras Beach begins a short walking track up and over the headland and down into the small township of Depot Beach. While the beginning of the track is steep, once on the headland it is a peaceful meander through tall eucalypt, tea tree, shea-oak and a deep green understory of ancient burrawang.
Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay via Clear Point
At around 6kms return this spectacular walk will lead you around the beautiful coastline via deserted beaches, secluded coves,lush rainforest, and across dramatic rock platforms. Take a picnic and take your time to soak in the wild feel and the seclusion. You rarely see crowds in these parts.
Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain
If you’re feeling a little more energetic the 10km return walk from Pretty Beach to the top of Durras Mountain will challenge you. The track starts at the Pretty Beach Campground and climbs steadily through lush forests of coachwood and rainforest. Great views along the way will take your mind off the hard slog.
Information about these and other great walks in the area to suit all fitness levels can be found at the National parks website.
Where to Stay
Check out the Depot Beach Cabins for a comfortable nights stay amongst the spotted blue gum trees. Some have sea views. Bookings essential in busy holiday periods and weekends.
Very cosy cabins set amongst the forest of the Murramarang National Park. Set well apart, your closest neighbours will be the kangaroos that wander these parts grazing and sleeping in the sun. Bookings essential, phone (02) 4478 6582.
Where to Eat
Grab some food from one of the towns in the vicinity and take a seat at one the many picnic areas that can be found in this national park – Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach, Pretty Beach and Wasp Head all have facilities some with barbecues. Check the national park website for details.
If you need something a little more civilised head north out of the park to Milton for cafes, delis and restaurants. St Isidore Restaurant is located just out of the main town in the lush green of the south coast hinterland. It serves up modern Australian fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood, seasonal and local produce, all served with friendly and efficient service. Bookings essential, online or phone: 02 4455 7261
Bawley Point – Bawley Beach Cafe
Bawley Point is a sleepy little coastal town with one cafe. But it’s a good one. Great coffee, satisfying breakfasts, and pizza nights on Saturdays. And as their sign outside proudly announces, they have no WiFi! 18 Murramarang Rd, Bawley Point. Phone: 02 4457 1058