Oaky Beach campground

Murramarang National Park

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Overview

For a bush camping experience just minutes from the coast, book a camping stay at Oaky Beach campground, close to Batemans Bay on the south coast.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 15
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, fuel stove, first aid kit, toilet paper, torch, food supplies, insect repellent, sunscreen
Price

There are no camping fees but a $6 booking fee applies.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Group bookings Bookings for up to 9 sites and 40 people can be made online. School groups and commercial tour operators can submit a group booking enquiry form.
Please note
  • Sites are marked.
  • This campground is not accessible for caravans or camper trailers. If you have a camper trailer book North Head campground.
  • Sites 1 to 10 are about 10 metres walk from the carpark. These sites have a level surface perfect for pitching larger family tents.
  • Sites 11 to 15 have timber platforms. These platform sites are walk-in only and are reserved for bushwalkers who have booked the 3-day Murramarang South Coast Walk. 
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared.

The forest meets the ocean at Oaky Beach campground. This isolated campground is set among tall spotted gum forest and burrawangs. You’ll really feel like you’re in the bush but it’s just a short stroll to Oaky Beach.

The road into Oaky Beach is a little more adventurous than Depot or Pretty Beach but you get a far more isolated feel once there. Pitch your tent, explore the surrounding rainforest and settle in by the campfire. As night falls, gaze at the stars from the open grassy area behind the beach.

March to November is great for adventurous walkers and whale spotting. It’s a few hours’ walk to Yellow Rock with vantage points and secluded beaches along the way. Possums and various gliders are common sights in the evenings and if you're lucky you might spot a swamp wallaby or a threatened pied oystercatcher on the beach.

In summer spend your days swimming and snorkelling at the beaches at Oaky, Yellow Rock and North Head.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Oaky Beach Walking Track, Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Yurasek © OEH

    Oaky Beach walking track

    Oaky Beach walking track is a short easy walk offering swimming and fishing on a remote beach in Murramarang National Park, just north of Batemans Bay.

  • Aerial view of 2 bushwalkers standing on North Head lookout taking in the coastal scene, Murramarang National Park. Credit: Remy Brand © Remy Brand

    North Head lookout

    North Head lookout offers a terrific vantage point of the Murramarang coast, with fine views in the winter for whale watching.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Oaky Beach campground.

Getting there and parking

Oaky Beach campground is in the southern section of Murramarang National Park. To get there from the Princes Highway:

  • Turn onto South Durras Road and follow for about 2km.
  • Turn right onto North Head Road for about 4.5km.
  • Turn left onto Old Coast Road for 300m.
  • Turn next right onto Oaky Beach Road for 1.5km (very steep).
  • The campground is at the end of the road.

Road quality

The final descent into the campground is very steep.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available for sites 1 to 10. It’s a short walk from the carpark to your campsite. There is a small carpark for 3 additional vehicles at the start of the campground.

Facilities

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

There’s a shelter and picnic tables near the remote walk-in only campsites.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Oaky Beach campground is in Murramarang National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Bird watching

Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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.

Native animals

Australian King-parrot (Alisterus scapularis), Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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.

  • Burrawang walking track Burrawang walking track, across Depot Beach Headland, features scenic coastal views, forests and birdwatching in Murramarang National Park, near Batemans Bay.
  • Richmond Beach Richmond Beach is one of Murramarang’s hidden treasures. Just 50m from the carpark on an easy walking track you can enjoy picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing and paddling.

Native vegetation

Dark Beach walking track, Murramarang National Park. Photo:Michael Van Ewijk

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.

  • Dark Beach walking track Dark Beach walking track leads to a secluded beach with unique rock formations in Murramarang National Park. Ideal for fishing, swimming and snorkelling.
  • Depot Beach Rainforest walk Depot Beach marks the start and end of this easy walk through lush littoral rainforest. Go for a swim, surf, snorkel or paddle in the clear waters when you return.
  • Rock Platform walk - Depot Beach Rock Platform walk near Depot Beach is a short walk to fascinating rockpools offering excellent birdwatching and scenic ocean views of the South Coast, just north of Batemans Bay.

Rich Aboriginal cultural heritage

Pebbly Beach, Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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 Bawley Point - there's a complex of middens that are of great cultural value.

  • Then and now: Aboriginal culture Aboriginal culture then and now is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Murramarang National Park, focusing on Geography and History. Through story and creative expression, the life and culture of the local people are shared.
  • Then and now: Aboriginal culture Then and now: Aboriginal culture is a Stage 4 (Years 7-8) school excursion in Murramarang National Park, focused on History. Through story and creative expression, the life and culture of the local people are shared.
  • Then and now: Aboriginal culture This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.
  • Wasp Head walk This short walk leads to a spectacular view of Wasp Island and passes through historic Aboriginal sites of the area.

Plants and animals protected in this park

Animals

  • A male satin bowerbird with black plumage and blue eyes stands in a bower made of brown twigs. Photo: Peter Sherratt © Peter Sherratt

    Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

    With vibrant blue-violet eyes and curious antics, the satin bowerbird is a favourite for bird watching and easy to spot as it forages for food in open forest. Relatively common across eastern Australia, in NSW they’re found in coastal rainforests and adjacent woodlands and mountain ranges.

Plants

  • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

    The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

  • Cabbage tree palm in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Cabbage palm (Livistona australis)

    With glossy green leaves spanning 3-4m in length and a trunk reaching a height of up to 30m, the cabbage tree palm, or fan palm, is one of the tallest Australian native plants. Thriving in rainforest margins along the east coast of NSW, in summer this giant palm produces striking spikes of cream flowers which resemble cabbages.

  • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

    Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

    The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

Environments in this park

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School excursions (3)