Murramarang National Park

Camping

Camping at Pretty Beach in Murramarang National Park  (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)There are several choices of formal camping places in Murramarang, all close to the ocean. Two of the park’s camping areas, Depot Beach and Pretty Beach, also have cabin accommodation

Walk-in camping is permitted, but you must be more than 100m away from the coastline and 500m away from villages, camping and picnic areas and you cannot light campfires. Please be aware that campfires can only be made in the formal fireplaces within the camping grounds.

One of the pleasures of Murramurang National Park is the presence of eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, brushtail possums and a large variety of bird life in the campgrounds or on the beaches at various times throughout the day and night. They can become very used to being around people, but it is important to remember that they are wild animals, not pets. Please resist the urge to feed them, as this can make them ill or aggressive. They have their own natural foods.

Camping is also available in the park at the privately managed Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort and Merry Beach (02 4457 1065).

General information on camping in national parks

It's a good idea to pack a gas or liquid fuel stove for camping trips in national parks. Wood and solid fuel fires are not permitted in some parks, and although you'll find open fireplaces in many campgrounds, firewood may not be supplied. In many parks it's forbidden to collect firewood from the bush

In parks where campfires are allowed, make sure you completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area or going to bed. A small amount of glowing embers can start a huge bushfire. Heavy fines may apply if campfires or other unshielded flames are left unattended

Please don't feed native animals - it can damage their health and make them dependent on campers for food. To avoid attracting scavengers, store food and garbage in a secure container. Find out more about the dangers of feeding native animals: how it can affect them, their behaviour and you. See other ways to tread softly when you camp.

Campgrounds

Depot Beach campground (59 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • The campground has wheelchair-accessible toilets and showers accessed via ramps
  • The beach can be reached with assistance

Set amongst the beautiful spotted gums native to the area, the location is perfectly idyllic for a weekend away. Once you’ve set up your tent, swag, camper trailer or caravan you’ll never want to leave.

The beach is just a couple of minutes' walk away and is the perfect spot to go for a swim, a snorkel, or relax with a book on the golden sand. There are great spots for fishing, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the local dolphins that seem to love this part of the coastline too. Once you’ve had enough of the sun and sand, both Rock Platform walk - Depot Beach and Depot Beach Rainforest walk leave from this area.

After a day of beach-dwelling, you can relax at your campsite, watching kangaroos graze on the surrounding grass and enjoying a tasty camp dinner as the night sky come alive with stars. You’re bound to feel a million miles from home.

Activities: walking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Pretty Beach to Depot Beach map

Getting there: On entering Murramarang National Park via Mount Agony Road from the Princes Highway, take the right fork onto North Durras Road, then take Depot Beach Road.

Facilities: wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, hot showers, amenities block, drinking water, public phone, picnic tables, electric power, trackhead/access point

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Depot Beach, Phone: 02 4478 6582


Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement
School excursion

Then and now - Aboriginal culture

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: from $7.70 per student

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement
School excursion

What is a national park? State and national parks

Difficulty: easy

Park: Depot Beach campground (Murramarang National Park)

Cost: start from $7.70 per student. Vehicle entry fees apply.

More info: Nowra, Phone: (02) 4423 2170

By arrangement

North Head

This is a bush camping spot with 10 formal sites. The car park is a few metres from the campsites. Booking is not necessary and there are no camping fees, but the daily Park Use Fee applies.

Getting there: From the Princes Highway take the Durras Road and then turn right into the North Head Road and follow until the end. It is also possible to go from Durras; follow the Old Coast Road then the North Head Road. 

Facilities: non-flush toilets

Contact: Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, Phone: 02 4887 7270

North Head campground (10 sites)

This remote bush camp spot is ideal for the adventurous campers who like to get away from it all. At North Head campground, in Murramarang National Park, you’ll feel a million miles away from the modern world yet only a short drive from Batemans Bay on the South Coast.

Once you’ve pitched your tent, it’s only a short stroll to the beach and headlands of this rugged pristine coastline. Spend your days swimming, walking, fishing and exploring along the wild and unspoilt spots including Honeysuckle Beach. It’s a short drive or long walk to Oakey Beach walking track.

At night, dine under the stars before collapsing into your tent, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the crashing waves. In the morning, head to the beach and dive into the sparkling clean waves and you’ll be ready to do it all again.

Activities: walking, snorkelling, swimming, birdwatching, astronomy and star gazing, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: North Head campground is in the southern precinct of Murramarang National Park). To get there:

  • From the Princes Highway, take the Durras Road
  • Turn right into North head Road and follow to the end

Facilities: non-flush toilets, carpark

Toilets: one toilet

Pebbly Beach campground - Murramarang National Park (20 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • The toilets are wheelchair accessible

Tucked behind the forest along the coastline, this is the ultimate place to set up camp and enjoy the splendours of Murramarang National Park.

With only 20 campsites, Pebbly Beach campground is a fantastic spot to meet fellow campers and the resident kangaroos. Unlike other campsites in the area, tent camping is on gravel platforms next to your vehicle.

Spend your days exploring the stunning coastline on foot, sinking a line to catch a fish or two, swimming in the crystal clear waters, then come back to the campground to cook up a barbecue and listen to the wildlife settle down for the evening. If you’re feeling adventurous there are also a number of walks that start from the campground.

Activities: walking, fishing, swimming, paddling

Location:  shown on Pretty Beach to Depot Beach map

Getting there: On entering Murramarang National Park from Mount Agony Road at East Lynne:

  • Turn right into North Durras Road
  • Then left to Depot Beach Road
  • Take the second road on the left to the beach

Facilities: wood barbecues (firewood supplied), amenities block, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, cold showers, drinking water, carpark, trackhead/access point

Bookings: Bookings are required for Christmas and the Easter school holidays only. Contact the Pebbly Beach campground office on (02) 4478 6582.

Contact: Pebbly Beach, Phone: 02 4478 6582

Pretty Beach campground - Murramarang National Park (60 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilet
  • Path to beach view

View along the coast from Pretty Beach in Murramarang National Park (Image: Mike Jarman/OEH)This spacious campground is set in an idyllic location, with lovely views out over Pretty Beach and along the coast. It’s a peaceful place to base yourself for explorations around Durras Mountain and Snapper Point within Murramarang National Park. You can enjoy long coastal walks, birdwatching, swimming in the ocean, sunbathing, fishing, and even whale watching at certain times of the year.

Pretty Beach campground has numerous tent sites, many with power, and if you don’t feel like tent camping, there are even a couple of cabins. It’s a well-equipped campground with hot showers, laundry facilities, sheltered electric barbecues and some small wood barbecues.

All year round, you’ll be able to enjoy watching kangaroos grazing in nearby open spaces, as well as spotting lyrebirds, possums, gliders, Jacky lizards, and goannas.

Pretty Beach also has 2 cabins. See Accommodation.

Activities: walking, fishing, mountain biking, paddling, sailing and boating, surfing, swimming, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Pretty Beach to Depot Beach map

Getting there: From Princes Highway at Termeil, take the Bawley Point/Kioloa turn off. Past Kioloa follow the signs to Pretty Beach . There is 300m of unsealed road.

Facilities: amenities block, picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), drinking water, electric power, lookout, flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Water supply: water should be boiled before drinking.

Not permitted here: Gathering firewood.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

 

Contact: Pretty Beach, Phone: 02 4457 2019

Camping: events and activities

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