Camping in Murramarang National Park

Murramarang National Park is a patch of paradise stretching from South Durras to Kioloa – 13 kilometres of pristine coastline and forests.

Coastal and forest walks will take you through historic Aboriginal sites, along golden beaches, singing stones, rock pools teaming with life, unique rock formations, and out to spectacular look outs where you can take in the lay of the land. Some paths meander through towering stands of spotted gums with their smooth mottled trunks (the largest preserved stand in NSW) to secluded beaches protected from the wind where you can enjoy a lazy day by the water’s edge beneath the shade of an overhanging tree.

Murramarang National Park. Photo: JustinRJonesy
Murramarang coastal walk. Photo: JustinRJonesy

Murramarang is a wildlife lover’s and bird watcher’s heaven. Picnic by the beach with the kangaroos, swamp wallabies, and goannas. Watch the whales migrate in winter, and pods of dolphins playing in the surf. There are wonga pigeons, lyrebirds, gannets, oyster catchers, sea eagles, peregrine falcons, indeed 90 species of birds; far too many to mention here.

Murramarrang National Park. Photo: fr_k_a
Camp visitor. Photo: Fr_k_a

Whether you love fishing, surfing, swimming, hiking, cycling, canoeing, picnicking, snorkeling and scuba diving, you’ll get plenty of it at Murramarang National Park.

There are camper van friendly campgrounds in South Durras, Durras North, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach and Pretty Beach near Kioloa. All of them pass muster for the following reasons;

  • They are camper van friendly
  • They are in a place of beauty
  • If they are on Trip Advisor, they score more than 4 stars

Read on for more details about each.

Lake Conjola, NSW, Australia
Lake Conjola on the NSW south coast

1. Pretty Beach Campground 

What makes it special?

This campsite is nestled within the beautiful Murramarang National Park and is a short stroll to Pretty Beach, which lives up to its name.

Nearby walking tracks include Pebbly Beach, Snapper Point Lookout, and Durras Mountain.

You can get phone reception at the beachfront benches and the closest towns have supermarkets, restaurants and shops.

Facilities

  • Flush toilets
  • Coin-operated showers
  • Gas BBQs
  • Laundry facilities
  • Rainwater for drinking
  • A kitchen sink with hot water for your dishes
  • Picnic area.

Rates: $20-$28 plus $7 entry to the National Park or get an annual entry to all national parks for $22 (as of July 2015).

Pretty Beach Campground, Murramarang National Park
Pretty Beach Campground, Murramarang National Park
Pretty Beach, Murramarang National Park.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walking trail. Photo: National Parks NSW.

2. Pebbly Beach Campground

What makes it special?

It is tucked behind the forest along the coastline. Though facilities are limited but adequate, the price is low and the setting is beautiful. It has a

Facilities

  • Flush toilets
  • Cold showers
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic area
  • Free gas BBQ and under cover picnic table
  • Unpowered sites only

Rates: $20 plus $7 entry to the National Park or get an annual entry to all national parks for $22 (as of July 2015).

Pebbly Beach Campground
Pebbly Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW
pebbly beach campground
Pebbly Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW
Pebbly Beach Campground
Pebbly Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW

3. Depot Beach Campground

What makes it special?

This campground is right on the beach under the shade of majestic spotted gums. Nearby walking trails include Burrawang to North Durras, Rock Platform, and the Rainforest Walk.

Facilities

  • Flush toilets
  • Hot showers (coin operated)
  • Drinking water
  • BBQs
  • Fire rings
  • Pizza ovens
  • Laundry (coin operated)
  • A picnic area at the edge of the beach
  • Firewood and ice
  • Public phone

Rates: $20 plus $7 entry to the National Park or get an annual entry to all national parks for $22 (as of July 2015).

Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.
Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.
Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.
Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.
Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.
Depot Beach Campground. Photo: National Parks and Wildlife NSW.

4. Durras Lake North Caravan Park

What  makes it special?

It is nestled between Durras Beach and pristine Durras Lake. The lake is great for kayaking and the beach is good for swimming, surfing and fishing. The sites are well spaced and planted around with shrubs for privacy.  Each site has its own campfire so you can end the day sitting round those mesmerizing flames under a star-studded sky and toast a few marshmallows. They are also pet friendly.

Nearby walks include Burrawang at the far end of the beach, Durras Lake Discovery Trail and Durras Lake walk.

Facilities:

  • Toilets
  • Hot showers (coin operated)
  • Laundry (coin operated)
  • Dishwashing stations
  • Shop selling supplies, LPG gas, bait and tackle
  • Kayak, surfboard, and surfoplane hire
  • Camp fires at each site
  • Electric BBQs (coin operated)

Rates: $25-$35

Durras Lake North campsite, NSW, Australia
Durras Lake North Holiday Park campsites
durrasLakeNorth
Video of Durras Lake North near Batemans Bay

5. NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort

What makes it special?

All the creature comforts, plenty for the kids to do, right on the beach surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and close to several beautiful walks – Wasp Head, Dark Beach, Myrtle Beach, Richmond Beach, Oaky Beach, Honeysuckle Beach and Acheron Ledge. Nearby Mills Beach is protected by an offshore reef which makes it calm and great for swimming.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Hot showers (coin operated)
  • Laundry (coin operated)
  • WiFi
  • Free kids club on weekends and public holidays
  • Family entertainment
  • Board games
  • Fishing rods
  • Boat ramp
  • Shady powered and unpowered sites
  • A licensed restaurant
  • Pool
  • Poolside cocktail bar
  • Children’s playground
  • Kiosk with camping essentials
  • Bicycle and go-kart hire.

Rates: $26-$36

kangaroos at Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort, NSW, Australia
NRMA Murramarang Beachfront holiday resort
Beachfront camping at Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort near Narooma, NSW, Australia
NRMA Murramarang Beachfront holiday resort, on the beach

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