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Murrays Beach Jervis Bay

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by Lilian Finch (subscribe)
I live in a beautiful part of the world and love to share parts of it with my readers.
Published October 3rd 2012
Where penguins play, 3 hours from Sydney

Murrays beach is located within Booderee National Park in the Jervis Bay Territory three hours drive south of Sydney, some state the nicest beach in the area.

To reach Murrays you travel to the farthest point of Jervis Bay Road. When you first arrive it can be a little confusing; the first car park you reach services the boat ramp and Jetty area. You need to follow the signs to the right along a dirt road, which takes you to Murrays beach car park.

There was a time when Murrays beach was earmarked to host a nuclear power station, plans for this were withdrawn in 1971. During the planning stage land was cleared, this area now houses a super sized car park which is the only remnant of the madness which must have existed to consider this pristine area for a nuclear power station.

To access the beach from the car park, you take a narrow winding dirt track walk which is flanked on both sides by natural bush, the track opens up onto the beach quite unrepentantly, the contrast is startling.

Murrays Beach has calm low - slow lapping waves making this beach a very popular location for kayaking and shallow swimming. Murrays beach is tucked behind Bowen Island which offers protection from the open Pacific Ocean.

Bowan Island
Bowen Island

The western side of Bowen island constitutes a special purpose zone intended to protect nesting seabirds and their habitat from disturbance, which means the island is not open to general access by the public. The island is home to many species including the fairy penguin,
Courtesy of Wikapedia
now known and accepted as the little penguin. You can see these little penguin darting about in the water and coming quite close to the beach.

Bowen Island is a popular scuba diving site and boat moorings are available for this purpose but not generally used without permission.

If you enjoy strolling through bush and taking in the flora and fauna there are many walks around Murrays beach including from Murrays to greenpatch and from Murrays to the hole in the wall.
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Why? Getaway, relaxation, bushwalk, beach.
When: Anytime with good weather
Where: Jervis Bay Territory
Cost: Park entry $11 for a two day pass or $44.00 for a yearly pass
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