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Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track

Murramarang National Park

Overview

Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track is a challenging day walk along rock platforms, isolated beaches and through coastal forest. It can only be walked at low tide and in calm weather.

Where
Murramarang National Park
Distance
10.4km return
Time suggested
3 - 5hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track requires extreme caution. It can only be walked at low tide and in calm weather. Please read our safety information before planning your trip.
  • Check the tide, swell or wave size, and weather conditions before you set out. Surf conditions can change quickly, stay alert at all times.
  • The track can be indistinct or unmarked, and is hard to follow, slippery and dangerous in places.
  • This is part of a marine park – please check restrictions.

If you're well-prepared, Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track is an adventurous hike that traces the rocky coastline and beaches of northern Murramarang National Park.

Heading south from Pretty Beach, the unmarked route scrambles over slippery rock shelves that are normally underwater, and along remote pebble beaches. Make sure to check tides, swells and weather conditions before you set out as the journey requires extreme caution and is inaccessible from mid to high tide. It should not be attempted during poor weather or big ocean swells.

At Snake Bay, cool off with a swim in the clear ocean before tucking into a beachside picnic, to time your return with the next low tide. If you're feeling energetic, you can connect with the well-signposted Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay walking track.

A popular option is to loop back to Pretty Beach via Durras Mountain. Continue south of Snake Bay, then around 75m from Clear Point you'll meet the junction with the Mt Durras track. This track combines the steep but rewarding Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain and Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain tracks. Allow 4-5 hours if you're planning to walk the full 12km loop in either direction.

Take a virtual tour of Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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