Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit, Murramurang NP, NSW

This longish circuit in Murramarang National Park takes in an attractive stretch of the NSW South Coast, and also climbs to the top of the forested Durras Mountain.

Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit

This longish circuit walk in Murramarang National Park near Ulladulla  takes in a very pleasant section of the NSW South Coast, and also rises up about 525m to the top of Durras Mountain. The mountain is forested and doesn’t provide much in the way of views, but it’s a nice enough section and contains lots of cycads, which I don’t see much of. On the coastal stretch there are lots of sandy beaches, rock platforms, bays and headlands. Track notes at the end. There are some good cliffs on Snapper Point near Pretty Beach, (although accessed from Merry Beach), that we visited a few months earlier: I’ll post on that short walk soon.

The Scenery

Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Don’t see cycads much but they were all over the slopes of Mt Durras.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
North Pebbly Beach. Pebbly Beach was not in fact pebbly. Duh.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Pebbly Beach. No pebbles.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
One of a few small bays along the way.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Snake Bay
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Lots of fissures in the rock.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Lots of small bays and beaches.
Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Succulents hanging in there.

Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit

Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Circuit
Pretty Beach

Track Notes

We used track notes in either Take a Walk in Southern NSW & the ACT or Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of The Shoalhaven, and there’s info online at the NSW NPWS website. (The NPWS consider the loop a combination of four walks. The link above is for the walk from Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay, but there’s also links in there for the sections from Pretty Beach and Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain, and for Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay). You have to time the coastal stretch with low tide, and to do this we first walked south from Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach over Durras Mountain, which is a moderate climb; then back up the coast from Pebbly Beach to Pretty Beach.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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