Locals guide: Murramarang

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Nov12

Locals guide: Murramarang

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Discover a secluded paradise boasting untouched beaches, acres of lush national park and an abundance of wildlife on the New South Wales south coast with a stay at NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort. Set in the quaint seaside town of South Durras, Murramarang is the sort of place you come to escape the everyday rush. To ensure you don’t miss a moment of the beautiful natural attractions, endless list of local activities and best spots to put your feet up we’ve put together the ultimate local’s guide to Murramarang.

Get outdoors

Start your day off right and make the most of the pristine natural surrounds by watching the sunrise from the deck of your accommodation. Not only will you wake up to spectacular views and serenity but the national park setting means you’ll often share your holiday with native wildlife. Kangaroos, dolphins, diverse birdlife and even whales, in season, can often be spotted from the park as well as throughout the surrounding area.

After this moment of quiet bliss, get up and active along one of the many walking trails that await, ranging in distance and grade. For an easy trail start out on the 400m Depot Beach Rainforest Walk which takes you through the rainforest and to the beach before looping back around. Or discover more of the national park and nearby Durras Lake on the Durras Lake Discovery Trail. The family-friendly walk is 1.5km and its highlights include fantastic bird watching and heritage sites.

If lying in the sun with a good book is more your holiday style, enjoy the morning’s warmth on the sandy shoreline of Beagle Bay, where more often than not you’ll be joined by a pod of dolphins swimming along the beachfront. For other nearby stretches of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters make sure to visit Mill Beach, located directly in front of the holiday resort, Cookies Beach and Emily Miller Beach.

Local Activities

There are several spots to drop a line, that’ll guarantee more than just a nibble. Richmond Beach and Pretty Beach are a favourite with locals and allow you to fish directly from the shore, or for lake fishing, Durras Lake offers bream, whiting, flathead and has boat launching facilities on site.

For a more secluded spot take a stroll along Acheron Ledge Walking Track, where you’ll find a remote beach with great rock fishing. Those holidaying with the family should pack lunch and enjoy the Wasp Head Picnic Area before letting the little ones try their luck catching a fish.

Murramarang also offers perfect conditions for water sports, with stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking all favourites with tourists and locals alike. Surrounded by pristine beaches and bays you’ll be spoilt for choice, but whether you want to explore the ocean, lakes or rivers you can’t go wrong joining a guided tour with Bay and Beyond Sea Kayak Tours. Take in the rugged cliffs, towering headlands and hidden beaches on a fully guided excursion or opt to explore on your own with SUP and kayak hire also offered.

Back on land embrace your wild side and get up close with furry friends on a trip to the nearby Mogo Zoo or Birdland Animal Park. Mogo Zoo is a privately-owned zoo located just outside of Batemans Bay in the picturesque town of Mogo. Over 200 exotic and endangered animals call the zoo home, including the largest collection of primates in Australia. While the Birdland Animal Park is the perfect day out for families with younger children. Take a ride on the train or stroll around the grounds and meet the 100 species of native birds and animal.

For natural attractions, visit Wasp Head and Pebbly Beach rock formations. Unique to the area, the large sandstone formations are set against a stunning coastal backdrop making them not only breathtaking but also the perfect spot for a photo op. The best time to visit? We recommend sunrise or sunset to enjoy the formations spectacular golden hues.

Wine and dine

After a day filled with activities, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Thankfully, you won’t have to go far, or even leave the park to find a bite to eat or a cool drink.

Skippy’s Takeaway serves up a range of dine in and take away options. Enjoy a hearty feast of fish and chips, indulge with a gourmet pizza or grab a coffee to refuel. For those looking to relax in style you can’t go past the Wasp Head Pool Bar. Adults can enjoy a cocktail around the swimming pool, while kids can have some fun with family entertainment offered during holiday periods. For dinner head over to the Beach Bistro, the relaxed bistro offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and tasty cuisine.

Fun in park

It’s not just local activities and beautiful natural attractions that will keep you entertained while staying in Murramarang. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained  in park with school holiday activities, water park, pedal go-karts and recreation room. Adults can relax by the swimming pool, hire a bike and explore the beach or surrounding town, or enjoy dining at the restaurant and bar. Plus, if you’re travelling with a group, looking to arrange a conference or tying the knot with your special someone the park has fantastic group function facilities.

NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort

Relax amongst the natural settings on Murramarang National Park and stay moments from Beagle Bay...

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