5 July 2021

Canberra Day Trips: Discover Durras

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South Durras. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Durras North and Durras South are two separate but equally delightful coastal locations on the fringe of Murramarang National Park. If you’re keen to soak up some sun, explore pristine beaches or throw a line in the water, this is the place for you. And you’ll be able to do it with a backdrop of spectacular cliffs and headlands, pristine beaches and magnificent gum forests. And as a bonus, the area also features flora and fauna that have been largely undisturbed. You won’t find any big apartment blocks or busy shopping centres in this neck of the woods.

South Durras has breathtaking natural beauty that’s surrounded by nature and makes it easy for visitors to get up close and personal with the best of what nature has to offer.

North Durras is also teeming with local fauna and the best of nature, and is home to the pristine Durras Lake.

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Why you’ll love it

Durras Lake. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

  • The area has rich Aboriginal cultural heritage to learn more about.
  • The area is a haven for bushwalkers. Don’t miss the Durras Lake Discovery Trail and the steep Durras Mountain climb. Depot Beach Rainforest walk is a little further alone from North Durras and promises is an easy path through lush rainforest.
  • If you prefer a gentler stroll, there’s plenty for walkers to discover. Keep an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red-necked wallabies, parrots, finches, honeyeaters, eagles, hawks, terns, thrushes, parrots, oyster catchers, wrens, muttonbirds, albatrosses and fantails.
  • If you enjoy canoeing, kayaking, beachcombing, cycling or watching pods of dolphins swim offshore, this is the place for you.
  • There are numerous places to get the board out and enjoy a surf.
  • We have it on reliable authority that if you’re into nude swimming, Myrtle Beach is the place to go.

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Getting there

From Canberra, take the Kings Highway to Batemans Bay until it intersects with the Princes Highway. Head north along Princes Highway and keep an eye out for signs to South Durras and a little further, the turnoff to North Durras.

Spring is a perfect time for exploring the tracks around Durras on foot. Summer is the best time for water-based activities. If you’re into birdwatching, there’s plenty to see in winter, ad we’re told the fishing is great year-round.

Key details

  • Duration: allow 2 hours to drive to the area from Canberra
  • Distance from Canberra: around 160km
  • Recommended for: nature lovers, bushwalkers, birdwatchers, photographers, people interested in geology or Aboriginal culture and anyone who enjoys a back-to-basics beach experience without the hustle and bustle of other areas of the coast.

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