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Experience one of the Worlds Great Walks interspersed with planned and impromptu sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Re-earthing. Re-centre your world among magnificent beaches, intricate geological patters and amazing forest on this guided three day spiritual journey based in the breathtaking South Coast of NSW, Murramarang National Park just north of Batemans Bay – Australia.
The South Coast of NSW is famous for its temperate climate and amazing beaches, the area of Murramarang National Park is no exception. The park creates an uplifting setting for this Spiritual Journey as you slip into easy Walking, Meditation, Yoga, Re-Earthing and learn new techniques to guide your own journey beyond the tour experience.
Based close to the town of Batemans Bay the park oozes charm with coastal ranges, dense forest, color rich sandstone layers and crystal blue waters awaiting discovery. Experience a truly supported, guided journey as you walk with only a day pack. Your walking time with be interspersed with planned and impromptu yoga and meditation as you enjoy yummy lunches, trail swims and walk into your comfortable lodge style accommodation where your overnight bags await. Spend afternoons engaging in self-discovery led by our spiritual guru Catherine Potter, prior to wholesome dinners together.
We hope to make ample time for you to enjoy time by yourself or tuck into that book you bring along.
Spanning 44km of dramatic coastline, Murramarang National Park is the ultimate spot to soak up Australia and explore the cliffs, headlands and pristine beaches of the NSW South Coast. Be sure to pack your swimmers camera and binoculars to spot peregrine falcons and sea eagles that soar high above the cliffs.
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 any number of hotels for your first night, we are happy to make a booking for your.
8am – Hotel Pickups commence
Be greeted at your hotel by our team, we load your overnight baggage into the van, the journey will take you into the southern end of the park. With only your day packs (BYO or available for use from Region X) we commence the hike along forested trails along some incredible cliff top vantage points where wildlife viewing such as Whale watching is very special treat anytime from June – November.
Beaches such as North Head beach, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Oakey and Richmond all connect through forested trails that rise over headlands and emerge as subtle paths onto sandy shores. Any of these form great resting, lunch and Yoga stops.
After lunch, the conglomerate rock ends and gives way to the most southern point of the Sydney Sandstone basin, here we walk the varied layers of time amoung sandstone cracks and coves and find our first night accommodation.
Check in to your twin share beachfront cabin and enjoy the comfort of afternoon tea and later dinner at the onsite restaurant.
Enjoy an early morning Yoga session on the beach in front of your cabin, followed by breakfast in your cabin.
Post breakfast we load your cabin baggage into our vehicle transfer and walkers set off along the beach. Cookies beach ends in a short rock scramble prior to setting off on the long open stretch of Durras Main beach. If we are lucky we can spot dolphins in the surf and daily new flotsam on the beach. Durras Lake enters the ocean half way along the sand where a river wade ensures we reach the other side. Here you will cross the border from 1 shire to another.
The Lake is an Intermittent Closed or Open Lake System (ICOL) your guides will have advice on whether to expect a river crossing at the entrance or you may find the lake system closed, meaning the long stretch of unbroken beach remains. The northern end of the beach is a great spot to stop for lunch, meditation or stretching prior to the uphill rainforest hike over Point Upright, a dominant sea cliff where a side hike with views into the pacific is recommended.
We arrive at Depot beach cottages in time for lunch, one of the coasts remnant logging camps, now an exclusive holiday destination. Here kangaroos are tame and incredible birdlife enjoys the climate.
After lunch we enjoy the enjoy an afternoon of guided deep relaxation techniques.
Prior to dinner, you can request to try a snorkel session or some beach fishing with your guides.
Dinner is served on the deck of your cabin.
Morning Yoga – followed by breakfast on the deck. After breakfast leave the comfort of your cabin and stroll off along the trail to iconic Pebbly Beach where resident Kangoroos and found fame as visitors come to photograph them lazing on the beach in true Australian style. The beach is also a popular surf spot and one of the prettiest beaches on the South Coast.
The trail winds over ridges and down to beaches, creeks meet the ocean here as the dominant Durras Mountain (the largest mountain in the area) provides a watershed and pockets of rainforest relish with the moisture. The views to the ocean are amazing and the rock platforms are all individually striking. Spend time discovering the beauty of the landscape.
With an optional steep hike to the mountain summit, and lunch along the way, you spend the day discovering an almost different National Park as compared to the first days. As the afternoon continues here is little wonder why the end location is called Pretty Beach, a striking white sand and rainforest location you end your hike at the National Parks office.
Transport will collect you and take you back to your Batemans Bay Hotel of Choice at approximately 3pm.
We also encourage our groups to meet up for a post tour dinner in town at any number of local restaurants.
Or email us for more info: Info@regionx.com.au
Your guide on the walk will be ecologist, deep ecologist, yoga teacher and retreat facilitator Catherine Potter. Catherine runs the Broulee Yoga Shed on the NSW south coast and yoga earth retreats around Australia. She lives between her beach house at Broulee and her wild rural farm on the Deua River.
Catherine has a Degree in Ecology and a Masters in Leadership. She spent many years working in nature conservation, environmental management, horticulture, communications, ecotourism and Indigenous fields. She is also a permaculture designer and civil marriage celebrant.
Catherine has a great love for the Australian environment, the bush, the beach, wildness. She has worked, travelled, camped, walked and adventured in many remote and regional parts of Australia. She has lived on the beautiful NSW South Coast for the last decade and is passionate about the unspoilt nature of this place.
Catherine started yoga some 40 years ago and has been teaching since 2007. She is happy to share the holistic spiritual, mental, emotional, philosophical and physical wonders and benefits of yoga with others. Catherine’s yoga draws on many influences and incorporates conscious breath, energetics, inner focus, balance, fluidity, flow, strength, active movement, restorative practices, guided relaxations, meditations, nature, silence, stillness, spirit, oneness, connection and wellbeing.
Catherine’s experience as a yogini, ecologist, deep ecologist, conservationist, permaculturist, activist, facilitator, director, celebrant, mother, grandmother, writer, walker and wanderer means that her walks are unique and profound.