Surrounded by one of Eurobodalla’s most popular national parks, South Durras is renowned for its forests, secluded beaches, imposing ancient headlands and varied native wildlife.
Things to do in South Durras
Just 18kms north of Batemans Bay, South Durras is perfectly positioned between a sparkling lake, ocean beaches and rich forests. South Durras is a little paradise hidden within Murramarang National Park .
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 Murramarang National Park, native animals such as wallabies, goannas, parrots and cockatoos are never far away.
Fishing on lake Durras is productive with bream, whiting and flathead regular catches. Launch at one of the two boat ramps.
If you prefer observing to catching, there is plenty of selfie to spy in the multitude of rock pools that are dotted along the rocky outcrops of the beaches around South Durras and across the lake entrance at North Durras.
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 native forest obscures several isolated beaches, headlands and tracks 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 snapshot of the south 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 rock pools 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.
Explore the waterways
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.
Places to stay in South Durras
BIG4 South Durras Holiday Park
The Park’s range of modern, fully self-contained accommodation is fitted out with quality bedding, furnishings, appliances, crockery and cutlery.
Enjoy the first class facilities for caravanners and campers with ensuite sites, powered slab sites, powered and unpowered camp sites.
Lakesea Holiday Park
Lakesea Park offers a wide variety of accommodation and is situated in magical South Durras. Cabin accommodation is available to suit all budgets and surrounded by natural coastal bush.
NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort
The resort has got it all with a huge resort pool and kids splash pad surrounded by a modern bar and outdoor seating. Skippy’s Takeaway is perfect for quick meals and great coffee while the Beach Bistro serves up delicious meals accompanied by a huge selection of wines and tap beers.
The huge range of self-contained accommodation is perfectly positioned to take in the spectacular views over Beagle Bay, with many villas just metres from the sand. A spacious campground with amenities caters for caravanning and camping.
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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 & ...