Spanning 44km of dramatic coastline, Murramarang National Park is home to spectacular bush, beach and coastal walks. The national park is also a rare spot in Australia where spotted gums grow right down to the ocean! Some of the walks offer swimming and other water-based activities to enjoy, so do not forget the swimwear.
The list below showcases the 'Top Walks in the National Park'.
1. Depot Beach Rainforest Walk Distance: 400-metres Loop (15-45minutes) Grade: 3 Details: This walk is home to the stunning white-sand Depot Beach, which is the start and end of this easy walk. The walking track is secluded and filled with lush rainforest- it gives you an insight into what the region was like 50 million years ago. The walk is suited for families, and the Beach offers swimming, snorkelling, surfing, and paddling activities that can be enjoyed here.
2. Dark Beach Walking Track Distance: 500-metres return (15-30 minutes)
Grade: 3 Details: This walking track leads to a secluded beach that is home to unique rock formations, making it ideal for fishing, swimming and snorkelling.
The walking track leads through spotted gum forest to a special cove and exploring the unique rock shelves is a must. Along the track, there are rock formations and a band of volcanic rock, with white sand on one side and black sand on the other.
Keep an eye out for fossils in the rocks as well as spotting out dolphins frolicking amongst the waves, and whales during migration season.
3. Durras Lake Discovery Trail
Distance: 1.5km Loop (30min-1 ½ hour)
Details: This discovery trail highlights historical heritage as well as wildlife and birdwatching. This easy family-friendly walk passes stepping stones, a lookout tower, log walks, majestic gums and spiky burrwangs, and remnants of endangered rainforest.
Along the discovery trail, informative displays highlight the history of the forest and early logging in the area. The trail is now protected and is a rare forest making it ideal for spotting wildlife and birdwatching—the trail links to the lake walk, where views of Durras Lake is seen.
4. Honeysuckle Beach Walking Track
Distance: 2.5km Return (1-2hrs)
Details: This walking track takes in beaches, lush forests and breathtaking scenic ocean views. The short hike is located in the southern end of the national park and offers some of the best views of the South Coast avoiding crowds.
The track leads through wind-sculpted spotted gums; it is also home to wind-sculpted gums, birdwatching opportunities where you can spot out the majestic white-bellied sea eagles, and the beach where swimming and fishing can be enjoyed.
5. Oaky Beach Walking Track
Distance: 2.4km Return (1-1 ½ Hour)
Details: This off-the-beaten-track short and easy walk offers swimming and fishing opportunities on a remote beach. The track snakes its way through towering Lilly pillies, gums, lush rainforest, and she-oaks to a secluded beach and offers rugged beauty of the unspoilt coastline.
Keep an eye out for swamp wallabies and lyrebirds, and if you are lucky, you can spot out oystercatchers on the beach.
It leads through gums and lush rainforest to a secluded beach.
6. Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain Walking Track
Distance: 10km Return (3-5hrs)
Details: This steep and challenging, yet rewarding Walking Track combines beaches, spectacular coastal views, wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities.
The Track makes for a great day exploring the forest of spotted gum, coachwood and Lilly pilly, grassy slopes, spotting out mobs of kangaroos grazing, and climbing the steep Durras Mountain.
Once you have reached to the top, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views inland to Morton and Budawang National Parks, as well as views of the Pacific Ocean, and during migration season whales can be spotted.
7. Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay Walking Track
Distance: 5.6km Return (1-2hrs)
Details: This off-the-beaten-track offers amazing coastal views, caves, beaches where swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed, as well as exploring the spectacular unspoilt coastline. You will pass lush rainforest gullies, remote beaches, and dramatic rock formations.
8. Pretty Beach to Snapper Point Walking Track
Distance: 1km Return (30mins-1hr)
Details: This family-friendly easy and short walk includes a lookout that offers scenic coastal views and whale watching opportunities during migration season.
The walking track follows the headland to Snapper Point Lookout where majestic views of the dramatic coastline can be seen. You will pass grassy slopes of Pretty Beach, lush forests of she-oaks, glimpses of swamp wallaby and lyrebirds. Birdwatching can also be enjoyed on this track with peregrine falcons, oystercatchers, and Gannets can be spotted. Click here for the website.
9. Rock Platform Walk
Distance: 1km Loop (30min-1 ½ hour)
Details: This walk takes you to stunning rockpools and offers birdwatching opportunities and spectacular scenic ocean views of the South Coast. The walk also offers a rare opportunity to observe the fascinating marine worlds. Only accessible at low tide, Batemans Marine Park can be explored. The short walk also takes in unending views of unspoilt beaches, rocky headlands, spotted gum forests that reach down to the ocean. Click here for the website.
10. Wasp Head Walk
Distance: 2km Return (30- 1 ½ hour)
Details: This short and easy walk leads to breathtaking views of Wasp Island and passes through historic Aboriginal sites of the area. Take in the stunning coastal views and golden beaches, as you pass the Wasp Head Picnic Area, through to casuarina forest, heading to Emily Miller Head where you can gaze down to a dramatic rocky cove of Wobbegong Bay. There is an offshoot path that leads down to the beach where you can discover an alluring sea cave.
The whole area is renowned for its rich Aboriginal heritage, and evidence of shell middens can be spotted along the way.
11. Acheron Ledge Walking Track
Distance: 1.5km Return (30min-1hr)
Details: This walking track leads to a remote beach where beach picnics, swimming, snorkelling and fishing can be enjoyed. The track offers spectacular natural beauty views as well as ocean views to Bateman's Bay. The moderate trail winds its way through towering spotted gum forest leading to an isolated beach. Be sure to keep an eye out for the mighty sea eagles, adorable dolphins, and during migration season majestic whales.
12. Burrawang Walking Track
Distance: 2km Return (1 1/2 – 2 ½ hours)
Details: The walking track takes you across the dramatic Depot Beach Headland, and features fantastic scenic views, lush forests, and plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
This delightful walk awakens the senses with scenic vistas, wildlife spotting, birdwatching opportunities as well as winding through the largest preserved stand of spotted gums in coastal New South Wales.
Admire the towering spotted gums, listen to the 'Woop Woop' of the wonga pigeon echoing through the trees, see glimpses of lyrebirds foraging or spot out swamp wallabies.
13. Lake Walking Track
Distance: 8km Return (2-4hrs)
Details: This easy, medium walking track takes you through lush bushland, spotted gums, and cool rainforest with birdwatching opportunities along the way.
The track passes tranquil coastal forest, following the northern shore of Durras Lake. You will also pass through remnants of original coastal rainforest where coachwood and Lillypillies mingle with the gums.
Click here for website.https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/lake-walking-track
14. Myrtle Beach Walking Track
Distance: 600-metres (15-30mins)
Details: This short and easy walk takes you through stunning natural bushland leading to an isolated beach where beach picnics, snorkelling, swimming and fishing can be enjoyed.
This 'enchanted forest' walk showcases a fantastic display of stunted spotted gum forest that has been warped and twisted by the salt air and coastal winds and leads to the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach.