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Murramarang National Park

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Updated: 30/10/2014 10:18 AM

“We spent our days surfing in the morning, discovering secluded swimming spots in the afternoon and watching the kangaroos as the sun went down. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Spanning 44km of dramatic coastline, Murramarang National Park is the ultimate spot to soak up some sun and explore the cliffs, headlands and pristine beaches of the NSW south coast. Be sure to pack your swimmers to hit the surf, your binoculars to spot peregrine falcons and sea eagles that soar high above the cliffs and your fishing rod to catch your dinner.

This is one of the rare spots in Australia where the spotted gums grow right down to the ocean, offering plenty of shade in the warmer months and a stunning backdrop for a nature escape all year round.

It’s a great place to spend the day and, if you’d like to stay longer, there is a choice of campgrounds, including caravan and motorhome sites and a range of facilities. If you don’t feel like camping, you can book yourself into park accommodation at the Depot Beach cabins or Pretty Beach cabins.  

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Why you should visit

Murramarang National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Rich Aboriginal cultural heritage
Aboriginal people have a long connection with the Country of Murramarang National Park, and this continues to the present day. The south coast headlands have long been a focus for economic life, giving easy access to the food resources of both the sea and the land, and plants within the park provided medicines and shelter. There is much evidence of the past today, including shell middens, tool manufacturing sites and indications of a specialised industry producing bone points and fishing hooks. Take a walk around Murramarang Aboriginal Area, near Bailey Point – there’s a complex of middens that are of great cultural value.

Native vegetation
One of the really special things in Murramarang is the forest of majestic spotted gums; it’s one of the biggest continuous stands in NSW. With an understorey of burrawang palms, the forest stretches right down to the ocean and is truly a sight to see. You’ll easily recognise the spotted gums – they have a smooth, dimpled bark which is shed in summer to produce a mottled cream and grey ‘spotted’ appearance.

Native animals
There’s an abundance of wildlife living in Murramarang National Park, but by far one of the highlights is seeing eastern grey kangaroos that spend their days dozing near the beaches and by campgrounds until dusk when they gather to feed. In the moist forests of the park you might see lyrebirds fossicking in leaf litter. Look for the stately, strutting wonga pigeon with its pastel blue-grey back feathers and black dotted stomach. If you don’t see it, you may well hear its repetitive, deep ‘whoop, whoop’ call that carries through the forest.

Birdwatching
Birdwatchers are in for a treat; the park boasts more than 90 species of birdlife including three owl species, peregrine falcons, sea eagles, gannets, shearwaters, white-faced storm petrels, sooty oystercatchers, eastern yellow robins, satin bowerbirds, the rufous fantail and even a penguin colony. Look for the sea eagles and peregrine falcons soaring above the park’s cliffs and headlands and the rufous fantails and eastern yellow robins in rainforest gullies around Durras Mountain. You’re most likely to see sooty oystercatchers wading around the edges of lake areas.

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North Head campground closed - North Head campground (Ends Friday 14 November)

North Head Campground is currently closed due to maintenance and construction works. Closed areas include North Head lookout. For more information, please contact the NPWS Ulladulla Area Office on (02) 4454 9500 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

There are multiple entry points to Murramarang National Park, leading from the Princes Highway.

  • Take the Bawley Point and Kioloa turn off at Termeil to get to Pretty Beach
  • Turn off at either Pebbly Beach Road or Mount Agony Road to get to Pebbly Beach
  • Turn off at East Lynne onto Mount Agony Road, then take the right fork onto North Durras Road to get to Depot Beach
  • Take Durras Road, then turn right into North Head Road to get to North Head

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 Opening times

Murramarang National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Fees

Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. There is a day use fee for this park. Please note that this fee is additional to camping and accomodation charges. The park has coin-operated 'pay and display' machines - please bring correct coins.

 Close to

Murramarang National Park is close to:

  • Batemans Bay (2km)
  • Kioloa (2km)
  • Canberra (150km)
  • Sydney (250km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the country transport website.

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Murramarang National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Spring is a great time to dust off your hiking boots and take to the park’s tracks. Try the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain walk for spectacular views of the coast and ranges

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • There’s no better time to head down the coast and catch some sunshine. With crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling, a beach camping trip is the ideal way to enjoy the Aussie summer.

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Birdwatching opportunities abound at this time of year, see if you can catch the courting displays of lyrebirds in the park’s rainforest areas

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 16°C and 25°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 43.3°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 7°C and 16°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is 0°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest month on average is August
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 275.3mm in one day

Safety

Ulladulla

Phone: 02 4454 9500
Street address: Blackburn Industrial Estate, Lot 9 Coller Road, Ullladulla NSW


Nowra

Phone: (02) 4423 2170
Street address: 55 Graham Street, Nowra NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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View of coast from Durras Mountain in Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Yurasek