Maloneys Beach to South Durras walking track

Murramarang National Park

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Overview

This walk from Maloneys Beach is a great way to see many secluded spots along the Murramarang South Coast Walk before ending at South Durras.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
16km one-way
Time suggested
5 - 7hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, raincoat, food supplies, sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • This walking track is quite long and requires a good level of fitness, but you can return back to Maloneys Beach at any point.
  • You’ll find places to stop for a swim, snorkel or picnic, so pack your towel and goggles.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or spot a whale.

Starting from the grassy foreshore at Maloneys Beach with views over to Batemans Bay and the resident kangaroos, the walk presents a daunting climb up stairs to the headland. This will get your heart pumping and is the hardest climb of the day.

Once on the headland you walk through a forest and down to Yellow Rock and then onto North Head Beach. Head past North Head campground and up to North Head lookout which will give you wonderful views over to Honeysuckle Bay.

It’s then over Oaky Beach and back into dense forest scenery before the forest provides vantage points into secluded bays like Richmond Beach, Myrtle Beach, Dark Beach and Emily Miller Beach. Wasp Head provides your last headland before dropping down onto the beach again at South Durras near the resort. Enjoy a well-deserved rest here and grab something to eat.

Fit walkers can challenge themselves back to Maloneys Beach or arrange a car shuffle at South Durras. You could even stay the night and then walk back the next day. This walk can be made shorter at any point by returning to Maloneys Beach.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Stay at

  • Water views from the deck at Yellow Rock Beach House in Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Yellow Rock Beach House

    Book a quiet mini break at Yellow Rock Beach House in Murramarang National Park near Batemans Bay. This secluded spot has its own private beach and water views from the deck, with swimming and fishing opportunities a few steps away.

  • Aerial view of Judges House (right), neighbouring Yellow Rock Beach House and the coastline, Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Spencer ©DPIE

    Judges House

    If you yearn for a peaceful holiday on the South Coast, Judges House is for you. Surrounded by bush and a secluded beach in beautiful Murramarang National Park, you'll feel a world away from nearby Batemans Bay.

  • 2 bushwalkers following a track through forest, Murramarang National Park. Credit: Remy Brand © Remy Brand

    Oaky Beach campground

    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.

  • North Head Campground, Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government

    North Head campground

    North Head campground in Murramarang National Park feels remote, yet it’s within easy reach of Batemans Bay. Enjoy walking, swimming, and snorkelling at the nearby beach.

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General enquiries

Park info

  • in Murramarang National Park in the South Coast region
  • Murramarang National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay machines - cash and credit cards accepted. Card only at Pretty Beach.

    Buy annual pass
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Maloneys Beach to South Durras walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

16km one-way

Time

5 - 7hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers

Gradient

Gentle hills

Steps

Occasional steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

From the Princess Highway (Batemans Bay or Ulladulla):

  • Enter the park off the Princes Highway.
  • Take the Long Beach/Maloneys Beach turn off.
  • Follow signs to Maloneys Beach.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Maloneys Beach.

Facilities

Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Maloneys Beach, North Head, Oaky Beach and South Durras.

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.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Fishing

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

Maloneys Beach to South Durras walking track 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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Park info

  • in Murramarang National Park in the South Coast region
  • Murramarang National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay machines - cash and credit cards accepted. Card only at Pretty Beach.

    Buy annual pass
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