Enclosed within Murramarang National Park, South Durrras is renowned for its forests, secluded beaches, imposing ancient headlands and varied native wildlife.
Perfectly positioned between a sparkling lake, ocean beaches and rich forests, South Durras is a little paradise.
Best known for its iconic images of kangaroos on sandy beaches, the camera-happy macropods are never hard to find, and more often than not will be sharing the grounds of your accommodation or picnic area with you. With the town surrounded by Murrumarang National Park, native animals such as wallabies, goannas, parrots and cockatoos are never far away.
Things to See and Do
Murramarang National Park
The national park is stunning to explore, and makes South Durras the perfect place for an escape into a natural landscape. There are very few areas on Australia’s east coast where oceanside forests still stand. Here, beautiful spotted gums run right down to the sea and offer the chance to walk the landscape as it has stood for millennia. The park includes secluded beaches, headlands and forests in all directions. Those to the south are most easily accessed. One of the highlights is Wasp Head, with an excellent walk providing ocean views, golden beaches, hidden bays and ancient cliffs.
An ancient coast
The beautifully weathered sandstone of this spectacular coastline marks the edge of the 280-million-year-old Sydney Basin. The Eurobodalla coastline is a world-class geological gallery with amazing formations and folds of sandstone, siltstone, shale, granite, basalt and fossils dating back as far as 510 million years. The deep rockpools at North Head represent millions of years of wave erosion. Accessible via a beach walk from the North Head camping ground, the pools offer snorkelling in clean clear water full of colour and life.
Away from the ocean beaches, Durras Lake provides calm flat waters perfect for swimming, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Regarded as one of the purest estuaries on the east coast, Durras Lake is protected by an untouched forest catchment. Fishing for table fish such as bream, whiting and flathead is as simple as casting from the shore. The lake is ideal for kayaks and small boats.
Durras Lake is excellent for safe exploring on a kayak with many tributaries, small exposed areas and shallow bays. As you paddle up the lake you will leave the villages behind and become immersed in the wilderness of the spotted gum forest.
South Durras is also a popular area for ocean kayaking. A 17km ocean paddle to Batemans Bay is an excellent way to explore on a calm day. Take a tour with an experienced guide to safely navigate the waters and to fully appreciate the magnificent coastline.
Murramarang National Park has plenty of great walks on offer. At South Durras the Wasp Head and Ancient Headlands walks are popular and lead you to some of the most picturesque beaches and vistas in the southern end of the park.
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Meet Bay & Beyond Sea Kayak Tours
Sharing a love of adventure and a background in sailing and outdoor education, Carolyn Morey and Phil MacDonnell were not destined for desk jobs. After Aussie Carolyn and Canadian Phil met while working in Central America, the couple gravitated to South Durras – the holiday playground of Carolyn’s youth – where they launched Bay & ...