Newest multi-day walk opens on south coast

The newest NSW Great Walk is officially ready to welcome walkers who want to enjoy the exceptional beauty of the South Coast's Murramarang National Park.

Dark Beach along the Murramarang South Coast Walk, Murramarang National Park

Minister for Environment James Griffin said the new Murramarang South Coast Walk is a 34-kilometre, 3-day adventure.

"Murramarang National Park is outstandingly beautiful and one of the best hidden gems in the state, now featuring the longest uninterrupted coastal walk on the South Coast," Mr Griffin said.

"This NSW Great Walk puts the South Coast on every bushwalker's bucket list, with this new 3-day, 3-night experience delivering the best of the bush and the beach, with spotted-gum forests, secluded beaches and dramatic headlands.

"This multi-day walk is one of 13 Great Walks being delivered by the NSW Government as part of the largest investment in national parks history of $450 million for more than 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the state."

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is now taking bookings for a 3-day, 3-night package that includes transfers, a welcome tour, and camping or accommodation from April.

Starting just north of Batemans Bay at Pretty Beach, the walk has overnight stops at a choice of 5 beachside campgrounds within Murramarang National Park.

Or for those who prefer not to camp, there are fantastic NPWS-owned beach side cabins at Pretty, Pebbly and Depot Beaches, as well as local accommodation options in coastal villages along the route.

Visitors can also do self-guided walks of the entire route, or tackle shorter sections of track in any direction.

The recently announced 13 NSW Great Walks cover more than 630 kilometres, from the coast, to alpine summits and ancient rainforests millions of years in the making.

NSW national parks contribute about $18 billion and 74,000 jobs to the NSW economy every year, and tourism to regional and rural national parks supports economic recovery, helping communities that have endured drought, bushfires and flooding.

Visiting national parks is one of the top three things visitors do when travelling to a rural or regional destination, and more than 90% of people in New South Wales are interested in walking in national parks.

NSW national parks welcomed more than 60 million visitors annually prior to the pandemic, and visitation levels continue to grow.

The $3.64 million Murramarang South Coast Walk project was funded through Restart NSW's Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund, which aims to increase overnight tourist visitation to regional NSW and create jobs.

For further information on the Murramarang South Coast Walk, visit Murramarang South Coast Walk