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Women's Murramarang 4-Day South Coast Hike // 15th - 18th June 2024

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Summary

Guide Monique at Start Point Pretty Beach

  • Enjoy captivating coastal hikes with picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and diverse trails.
  • Experience the best of coastal exploration with walks along the shoreline and relaxing camp evenings with delicious meals.
  • Reconnect with nature and like-minded women in a serene, beachside hiking adventure.
  • Learn about the area's natural and cultural heritage, focusing on Aboriginal tribes and their connection to the south coast.
  • Gain insight into the Aboriginal area's deep cultural significance, managed to preserve its importance.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Murramarang South Coast Walk, where you will experience the breathtaking beauty of the South Coast of New South Wales.

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From the moment you start at Pretty Beach, just south of Ulladulla, the trail will take you on a scenic journey along the stunning coastline, passing through Depot Beach, Durras Beach, and concluding at Maloneys Beach near Batemans Bay. Throughout the walk, you will connect with the charming coastal villages of Pretty Beach, Kioloa, Depot Beach, Durras, and Maloney Beach, creating a truly immersive experience.

As you traverse the trail (with day packs only), prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring natural landscapes, encounter a diverse array of wildlife, and marvel at ancient rock formations that paint the backdrop of your journey.

After a day of exploration, unwind in the evenings at the stunning beachside campsite locations and bask in the beauty of the beach. Indulge in a delightful platter of nibbles while your guides skillfully prepare a delicious dinner just for you.

Immerse yourself in nature, gain a deeper appreciation for the region's cultural heritage, and create cherished memories in this remarkable coastal landscape that will stay with you long after your journey ends.

  • Destination: Murramarang National Park // Yuin Country 
  • Days: 4
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Starting point: Pretty Beach
  • Ending point: Maloneys Beach, transfer back to Pretty Beach by private bus
  • Max distance: 34 km
  • Total days hiking: 3
  • Hiking per day: 5-8 hours
  • Grade: Moderate (Grade 4)

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

Guide Monique at Pretty Beach

After meeting your guides at Pretty Beach Campground at 3 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to settle into your surroundings and unpack your belongings into your tent. The team will have these set up for your arrival. Once everyone has arrived, we'll gather for a group briefing, likely by the beach owing to its stunning location. We’ll then embark on a short afternoon walk along the Snapper Point Walking Track, where your guides will discuss the upcoming days of hiking and camping. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views stretching far south along the incredible coastline. Enjoy afternoon tea and nibbles as the sun sets.

In the evening, relax around your first campfire of the trip, mingling with the other women.

  • Accommodation: Campground at Pretty Beach (please ensure you go to the correct campground)
  • Walk: 1 km return, 1.5 hours (easy)
  • Meals: Afternoon tea, nibbles, and dinner

Walking over the rocks

Today, you’ll wake up to fresh coffee and a cooked breakfast. After packing up your tent, we’ll place our overnight items in the transport vehicle, which we won’t need for the day, and carry only our day packs for our hike from Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach.

As we set off, we will head south towards Depot Beach, traversing a captivating blend of sandy shores, sturdy boardwalks, scenic trails, and breathtaking coastline. Along the way, prepare to immerse yourself in stunning secluded bays, where we will break for a delightful morning tea, all while taking in the views and possibly spotting a few whales as they journey up the coast.

Continuing our hike, we will head south to Pebby Beach for lunch, and perhaps a swim! After lunch, your guides will assist in setting up your tents. Take this time to unwind and rejuvenate, whether by simply relaxing in the serene ambiance of the campsite, taking a leisurely stroll along the beach, or enjoying a refreshing swim in the company of grazing kangaroos.

In the afternoon, there will be an option to hike up Mount Durras.

  • Accommodation: Camping at Pretty Beach
  • Hiking Distance: 8 km, plus an optional afternoon hike up Durras Mountain (3km return)
  • Meals: Breakast, Monring tea, Lunch, Dinner

Oaky Beach campground

Today we begin early, ensuring we make the most of the sunlight for our longest day of walking. After a nourishing breakfast, we'll leave camp and embark on a 1km trek across a captivating rock platform leading south to Depot Beach. This leg requires agility, as it involves navigating over ocean rocks, traversing uneven terrains with large pebbles and slippery rock platforms.

Our path from Depot Beach ascends through a beautiful forest, with the ocean's expanse as our backdrop. The spotted gums creates a scenic corridor, guiding us towards South Durras. To get to South Durras, expect a 3km stretche of beach walking.

Before departing the southern reaches of the beach, we'll pause for a break near at the NRMA Beachfront Holiday Resort. Here, we'll refuel with a lunch, replenish our water bottles, and enjoy a moment of relaxation. While we provide hot coffee throughout the journey, the option to purchase one here remains a tempting indulgence!

Post-lunch, our trail to Oaky Beach Campground winds along cliffs and dips into secluded beaches. Today's effort is rewarded with an overnight stay at Okay Beach, a secluded campground, accessible only by 4WD, nestled away from urban distractions.

Surrounded by towering gums that offer a natural shelter, the campsite is a stone's throw from the beach, perfect for a refreshing swim. With only pit toilets and no showers, this rustic setting enhances the sense of exclusivity, making the day's journey worthwhile. It transforms into our private gum forest retreat. Our team will transport water and essentials, preparing a hearty dinner around the campfire.

  • Accommodation: Camping at Oaky Beach campground
  • Hiking Distance: 18 km, 8-9hrs hiking (long day)
  • Meals: Breakast, Monring Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Starting with breakfast and perhaps a refreshing dip to invigorate ourselves, we'll pack up our tents and head south to North Head Lookout, offering spectacular views over Honeysuckle Bay.

We'll continue towards Yellow Rock and ascend to the headland near North Head Campsite for morning tea and a hot cuppa. This spot is excellent for whale watching.

After our break, we head down the headland and take some steps closer towards Maloneys Beach and the grassy foreshore. It's here that our journey comes to an end. We'll wait for a private bus to collect the group and take us back to Pretty Beach, where cars will be parked. Expect to return to Pretty Beach and onwards to your home destination by about 2:30 pm.

  • Hiking Distance: 8 km, 3-4hrs 
  • Meals: Breakast, Monring Tea, Lunch

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Two qualified and knowledgeable WWA Guides. Meet our team here
  • Tents 
  • Waterproof pack liners
  • All meals
  • Snacks, tea, and coffee
  • All eating utensils
  • Cooking gear and pots
  • Camp lights
  • Group tarp
  • Emergency communications
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet gear
  • Accommodation on nights 1 & 2 (camping)
  • Transfers back to starting point
  • Meals from Morning tea day 1 to afternoon tea day 3
  • Glass of wine at camp each night
  • National Park licensing fees
  • NSW National Park Eco Pass Licensing and permits
  • Photos of your trip posted in a private Facebook Page
EXCLUDED:
  • Transport to the meeting location at Pretty Beach
  • All flights, airport arrival and departure taxes to and from Australia
  • Travel Insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Visa, passport charges if travelling from OS
  • Pre/post hike accommodation (we can assist you with recommendations)
  • Sleeping mats
  • Sleeping bags
  • Day packs

Grading

Grading: Moderate

This trip is graded as moderate. The hiking days are manageable in length, but we will be walking on a variety of different surfaces, including some rock scrambling along the coastline, across uneven pebbles, dirt single tracks, and up and down hills. The trip is also designed for outdoor camping, providing an authentic experience in nature. It’s perfect for women who are eager to escape to the outdoors, enjoy jumping into the ocean for a shower (though there are some hot showers available along the way). The trip is suitable for women who are regular walkers, in good health, and have good mobility. If you’re a regular walker and stay active at home at least 3-4 days per week, this trip would be a good fit for you. This journey also requires carrying a day pack, as we will transport your additional (small) overnight bag to the next camping location.

Please contact us if you’re unsure about your fitness or experience.

FAQ

85% women turn up individually, typically in their 30’s to late 60’s.  Most women turn up individually to our trips to connect with others and make friends with like-minded women who enjoy getting outdoors and going hiking/camping. Almost all who attend usually don't know eachother unless they have booked together. 

Provided we are advised in advance we are able to cater for vegetarian diets, and can assist with food intolerances. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us at least a month prior to your trip to determine whether we can cater for your dietary needs. We do not cater for FODMAP on this trip. 

You're most welcome to bring your own tent. However, as we have limited space, we ask that it be no larger than a 2-person tent. Space is limited for the amount of gear we transfer from one campsite to the next, so if you bring a tent, just check with us beforehand.

We provide single tents for everyone. If you wish to share a tent and booking with a friend, please inform us on your booking form.

At Pretty Beach Campground, there are flushing toilets available, along with hot showers for a coin donation. The other campsites at Pebbly Beach and Oakey Beach are equipped with pit toilets.

We will organise a parking location in Kiola where daily parking fees are waived. This will require a brief car shuffle with other group members upon your trip's arrival. Rest assured, we will provide all necessary instructions upon your arrival.

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