South Durras to Murramarang National Park
Take in spectacular coastal and lake views and feel the majesty and peace of the magical spotted gums as you ride through these forests, with only the sweet calls of the native birds to keep you company. Along the Old Coast Road it's common to see lyrebirds. To find one of the best whale-viewing platforms in the area once at North Head go through the camp ground to the walking track.
ROUTE: Dur 1 - Spotted Gum Trail
DISTANCE: 24 km
GRADE: easy at start then moderate
VERTICAL ASCENT: 360m
SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids
The 24km ride has an easy section at the start and becomes hilly in the middle section. The start is at the Durras Sports Ground. The route heads north through the village streets to the Durras Lake boat ramp, then along the lake foreshore along a track in front of the caravan park. It then heads back through the village streets to the ocean boat ramp. Next is a journey through the forest to North Head with its great views of the Tollgate Islands and Batemans Bay beyond.
The return follows a similar route back to the village.
Ride STARTS at the Sports Ground, Durras Road South Durras with entrance opposite Durras Lake Road - a car park is located there. Note: bush obscures the entrance.
Leave the Sports Ground and cross Durras Dr into Durras Lake Rd heading north.
Turn left into Lakeside Dr
Pass Boomerang Ave on right
Stop at Boat Ramp to view the Lake. This is a pristine waterway, surrounded by National Park, that is generally closed to the ocean.
Turn left up First St.
Turn right into Canberra Ave
Turn left into Lakeside Dr
Turn right into Durras Lake Dr
Turn left into Durras Rd
Turn left into the headland reserve for good views north and south
Exit reserve and turn left along Dilkera St
Pass Allambee St on right. Follow Dilkera St down the hill
Turn left into Banyandah St
Pass Corilla St on right. The General Store with coffee shop and takeaway is in that street
Turn left down boat ramp access road, with Murramarang Resort on your right
Cycle on to beach for view north of Beagle Bay. Then retrace route back to Banyandah St
Turn left into Banyandah St proceed past Murramarang Resort entrance and take left fork, at the start of the gravel roads, out to Wasp Head.
Go straight ahead passed gravel road on left.
At car park at Wasp Headland follow Wasp Head walking trail sign through the trees to the North East.
There are great views north and south from Wasp Headland. Retrace route to Car Park.
At car park retrace route back to Old Coast Rd intersection
Take sharp turn left into Old Coast Rd
There are tracks to beaches and headlands along this next section of the ride that can be enjoyed as a diversion. Otherwise stay on the Old Coast Rd and follow signs to North Head
Richmond Beach Car Park on left, follow the sign to Nth Head up the hill
Oakey Beach Car Park straight ahead. Follow road to the right
Turn left to go to Nth Head. It is mainly downhill to Nth Head from here which means you have to climb back up again on the return. This is therefore a possible turn around point if you are feeling tired and return via the same route as the outward journey. Look at Cue Sheet below from the 17.85km point
Follow the road to the left to Nth Head Camping Area. Road on the right is signposted as No Through Rd
North Head Car Park and Camping area (up to the East). Toilet in Camping area. Viewing platform at southern end of car park. Great view of the entrance to Batemans Bay and the Tollgates. Return from this point back up Nth Head Rd
Bear left at intersection with gravel road on right.
Turn right at top of hill to return to Sth Durras Village by the same route as your outward journey. Murramarang Resort is a good place for coffee.
Turn left into Corilla St past the General Store, another coffee opportunity
Turn right into Village Rd
At right hand bend proceed straight ahead on to shared pathway through reserve and over timber bridge.