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Murramarang National Park protects 11,977 ha of coastal land between Kioloa and Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW. Four offshore islands are included in the park, Dawsons, Grasshopper, O’Hara and Wasp Islands.

Murramarang offers visitors a range of activities including swimming, surfing, fishing, picnicking, bushwalking and watching wildlife. The hinterland walk to Durras Mt (283 m) leads to spectacular views of the adjacent coastline and inland ranges. No more than 2 km across at its widest point, it features a variety of landforms to explore, with its sandy and shingle beaches, rugged headlands, tombolas, cliffs, rock stacks, wave-cut platforms, and fossil bearing rocks.

There are extensive forest areas, that is home to many animals, including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red-necked wallaby, parrots, finches, honeyeaters, thrushes, wrens, eagles, hawks, terns, oystercatchers, mutton birds, albatrosses and fantails. Vegetation throughout the park are spotted gums with an understorey of Burrawangs being the commonest plant community, leading to banksia, she-oaks and heath on the beaches and headlands. Rainforest pockets are found in the sheltered gullies around Durras Mt.

Murramarang N.P. Kangaroos - courtesy Tourism New South Wales

The holiday resort on the edges of Murramarang National Park is famous for the population of beach-loving kangaroos that have adapted well to sharing their habitat with people. They are frequently seen near the beaches and in the campgrounds, where they pass the day dozing until dusk, when they then gather to feed.

Location: 10 km north of Batemans Bay, 280 km south of Sydney, 150 km east of Canberra.

Access: via the spur roads which lead off eastwards from the Princes Hwy north of Batemans Bay. Turn off at Benandera to get to South Durras and the southern section of the park. Access to Durras North, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach and the northern section of the park is via the Mt Agony Forest Rd from East Lynne. Pretty Beach at the northern tip of the park is best reached from the turnoff at Termeil to Kioloa.

Check out our listing of Murramarang National Park accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Murramarang National Park Attractions

Aboriginal Sites
• Located in the Durras North area a midden was discovered in 1964 in a sea cave at the bottom of a low sandstone cliff. Fossilised food scraps and tools developed from raw materials indicate that the indigenous peoples fashioned their culture almost entirely around the materials of the sea and shore.

In the northern section of the Murramarang NP is an extensive Aboriginal site covered with a diversity of prehistoric cultural material, including shells and stone stools. It contains a midden that provided insight into the cultural complexity and duration of indigenous inhabitation. The rock platform was extensively used and the site is considered highly significant to Aborigines. It is both a definite link with the past and a place where ancestors are buried. The lagoon to the north of the headland is traditionally associated with beliefs about the creation of the land. There is a self-guided walking track with explanatory signs which commences at the car park. Ring the National Parks and Wildlife Service at Nowra for further information.


Beaches in Murramarang NP
• There is a number of beaches including Dark, Emily Miller, Myrtle, Oaky, Richmond and Honeysuckle Beaches to North Head. Dark Beach receives its name from the small black shingles which are divided from a white, sandy beach by a clump of rocks. The views along the coast are excellent from Flat Rock Island. Honeysuckle Bay is full of strange spotted gums with stunted trunks and horizontal branches, being the result of nutrient deficiency. There are large rock pools located at the northern end of the North Head, popular for snorkelling.
Bushwalks
  • Durras Discovery Trail: this 1.5 km loop trail takes about three-quarters of an hour and runs along the northern perimeter of Durras Lake through tall eucalypt forest of wet spotted and blue gum, climbing into dry blackbutt forest and then descending to a rainforest gully. There is a viewing platform, bush seats, foot bridges and about 300 metres of ironbark boardwalks.
  • Durras Lake Walking Trail: 6 km in length, this walk takes you through the Durras Nature Reserve and links with the Discovery Trail for a longer walk around the northern shores of Durras Lake. There are great scenic views and good fishing spots.
  • Eucalypt Trail: a 500 m walk through tall, wet sclerophyll forest, starting at the Kioloa Rest Area. The site is clearly signposted from the highway and the walk features wooden steps and signage with information on the various eucalypt species.

Pebbly and Depot Beaches
• Pebbly Beach is renowned for its sheltered aspect and the many wallabies which frequent the beach. It is an ideal place for families being located in a little bay, enclosed on three sides by hills and well-established eucalypts. Noted Australian historian, Manning Clarke and poet R. F. Brissenden lived here.
Wasp Head
• The rocks, cliffs and bays of Wasp Head lie just to the south of the township Durras. The tracks at Wasp Head lead to fossils, interesting sandstone formations, an abundance of shells and rock pools and a one-metre fault line running right up the coast.

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