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The South Coast NSW National Park of Murramarang boasts some of the best Australian Beaches and showcases amazing temperate forest, unique wildlife, and a quiet almost undiscovered atmosphere, making for an amazing place to enjoy.
Hike easy or challenging coastal trails and beaches dotted with rainforest, expansive coastal views and great spots to enjoy lunch and a swim
Cycle on easy trails or challenging tracks to view amazing rock pools, cliff tops and secluded lunch spots
Sea Kayak amazing coastal sections of the park visiting ancient geological features, quiet coves, round the islands and experience remote beaches.
Snorkel and try your hand at collecting coastal seafood for your evening feast!
Accommodation We use Murramarang Resort Cabins on Night 1 and Depot Beach Cottages on night 2, both incredible places to stay!
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 even try 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 a few days or a week !
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.
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.
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.
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.
We recommend you arrive to Batemans Bay the day prior to your adventure, we can offer Airport Pickups in Sydney or Canberra. You will be transferred via comfortable air conditioned transport, journey includes a few stops to check out the local sites and grab some lunch. The area surrounding Canberra has a rich Pastoral Settlement history before the Great Dividing Range – Australia’s Longest mountain range steeply falls away to the East Coast. The temperate forest here showcases various waterways prior to arrival in Batemans Bay, a historic timber village now a popular seaside holiday destination. You can choose to check into your National Park accommodation by adding another night or choose a Batemans Bay Hotel (these options are not included in tour price).
Be greeted with Batemans Bay hotel pickups from Region X staff or if your staying onsite at Murramarang, wake to the sounds of Bowerbirds, Kookaburras and King Parrots while lazy Eastern Grey Kangaroos sleep on your lawn. You will be briefed on what to bring for your days activity into the park. We then load up to enjoy a short drive in a Region X vehicle, through the Park for an easy cycle through Spotted Gum Eucalypts, ancient Cycads and enjoy frequent rest stops to admire the views over the ocean. The Cycling is relatively easy as we follow fire trails and often stop to walk and discover sandstone colours in the cliffs at each very different beach! Arriving at North Head the southernmost tip of Murramarang we find the areas best rock pools and take a dip before enjoying lunch. After lunch choose to continue cycling or grab the vehicle transfer back to your cabin or for the willing, stay on the bike and enjoy the cycle home. In the evening enjoy the possibility of an impromptu snorkel session to collect Abalone or Lobster or simply enjoy a relaxed afternoon, walk on the beach or find a rock platform that take in the sights. Included: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
The best part about sea kayaking is getting to remote locations and thats what we do! The most inaccessible stretch of the park lies north of your cabins and offers the best sea kayaking opportunities. We use double expedition style sea kayaks and load up our lunch and swimmers for a day out exploring isolated beaches and islands. If you lucky spot dolphins and whales and put up the sails for an afternoon sail back to camp. In the evening take a guided spotlight walk to find Possums and Powerful Owls. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
With various options for hiking within the park your spoilt for choice! Amazing sandstone summits for views or leisurely coastal trails to beaches, your guides will discuss the options and preferences for the group, either way you will continue to discover and fall in love with the area. (enjoy lunch on route). Breakfast, Lunch,
The end of the day three activity, marks the end of your 3 day tour.
Optional : Many people book accommodation in Batemans Bay town for the last evening and the group often get together to enjoy a restaurant dinner in Batemans Bay, your guides would love to join you.
While many people continue their Australian adventures south to Melbourne or north to Sydney, those travelling back to Canberra or Sydney Airports can request an Airport Drop off service.
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