Nestled in the midst of the enchanting Murramarang National Park, lies Durras North. This magnificent place is on the entrance to the sea of Lake Durras, synonymous for having the most pristine coastal waterways in NSW.
There are vast areas of clear sandy pools are an ideal place for children and for those who wish to frolic on the still water.
And not far away is the Durras beach, which is regarded as the best on the coast.
The Murramarang National Park is renowned for its spotted gum trees, abundance of wildlife, and its biodiversity.
The enchantment starts as you turned off the Princes Highway, and travel on the sealed road for the next fifteen minutes before reaching the village.
Your heart pounds as you drive deeper into the forest; the towering trees that clamour for the kiss of the sun, the array of wildlife, peeking with their curious eyes but greet and welcome you to their world; the feelings of excitement as you get closer to your destination.
Once you've reached the village, you'll be greeted by the magnificent ocean, with its deep blue green colour inviting you to take a plunge and feel the freshness of the water as it caresses your skin.
You could be forgiven for thinking you're in a far flung exotic paradise resort. In fact, this place is only 3 hour's drive from Sydney and 1.5 hour's drive from Canberra.
There are a number of private holiday homes, of which some are available for rent; and a few caravan parks that offer cabin, cottages, and camping accommodation.
We choose to stay at Durras Lake North Holiday Park. The park's accommodation varies, and ranges from cabins, cottages, camping, and a special van to give you that unique experience and entice you to return and stay longer.
The multitude of kangaroos that roam the grounds is amazing. The friendly parrots that feed on your hand and the ducks on your doorstep are all part of this ever so friendly nature.
How could you not enjoy the barbeque and watch as the kaleidoscope of colours emitting from the glow of the log fire as it burns and dances the night away, designated at the very front of your accommodation.
The cabin (Pelican) that we stayed is well appointed and very clean. It has one bedroom with a double bed, a triple bunk a well equipped kitchen, complete with crockery and cutlery, TV and a DVD, microwave, toilet and shower. You'll be able to relax on your own deck overlooking the Murramarang National Park as you sip that delectable liquid amber.
This place proudly boost the winning of the Silver Gumnut Award, the second level of the Caravan and Camping Industry Eco program. As the management quoted "Some of our Gumnut Award work is easy to see but most is not – the majority of efforts to reduce our footprint comes through changes in the way we do things, the products we use and services we engage"
Located at the entrance of the park is the Kangaroo Café and the park office. The services range from kayak hire, groceries, gas refills and firewood to name a few. Peter is kind enough to give us a quick note on what to expect and the amenities that you can enjoy at the park.
To maximise your enjoyment, there are rules and regulations that have to be followed. Please visit this site
for more information.
Quoting from one of Marvin Gaye song "Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home"
This place came very close, as my home away from home.
For most of us, there aren't enough hours in a day to be able to do whatever we want. Our work and family takes up a majority of our time, hence we really don't have the urge to smell the roses.
Our society dictates us to work longer hours, earn more money, and buy more gadgets, even if we don't necessarily need them. All of it is our desire to be able to keep up with the Joneses.
So why not take a hard earned break, take the kids, your partner, and friends; explore the majestic surroundings as nature display the God given beauty for us mankind to enjoy.
Free call: 1800 387727 (1800 DURRAS)
From inside Australia (02) 4478 6072
From outside Australia 61 2 4478 6072
From inside Australia (02) 4478 6872
From outside Australia 61 2 4478 6872
PO Box 410
Batemans Bay 2536
1. Take the Princes Hwy south to Ulladulla.
2. Continue for another 38klms south and take the Durras Lake North & Depot Beach turn off on your left.
3. Drive along Mt Agony Rd for 5klms then turn to your right for another 3klms to the village of Durras North.
1. Take the Kings Highway to Batemans Bay
2. Then from Batemans Bay, travel north on the Princes Hwy for 14klms Mt Agony Rd. (Durras north/Depot Beach turn off)
"Do not take the South Durras turn off"