Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang National Park, NSW

Snapper Point is a headland with impressive cliffs and rock platforms. We then returned to Merry Beach and set off up Durras Mountain for partial views over the coast.

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

We originally intended to do the Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach circuit, but set off from the wrong beach (Merry Beach), and came across the rather impressive headland called Snapper Point. This has tall striated cliffs and large rock platforms, and is worth a visit. You can’t continue around the headland though, so we returned to Merry Beach and climbed Durras Mountain to the large water tank at the summit. Although somewhat obscured by rejuvenating native vegetation, there are still partial views of the coast. 

Track Notes

You can walk to the cliffs on Snapper Point from Merry Beach, although not sure if this is possible at high tide so best check. You can then return to Merry Beach and walk to the start of the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain Track near Pretty Beach Campground.

The Scenery

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
An early start. On Merry Beach walking south towards Snapper Point.

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Snapper Point framing a quintessentially cloudless Australian sky. You can just see my wife down below for a bit of scale.

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Lots of spray.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
I liked these striated cliffs.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Sparkly.

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Tall forest on Durras Mountain.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
The views from Durras Mountain, which used to be farmland, are now mostly obscured by vegetation.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Looking north east.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
Pretty Beach, where we meant to start.

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
A viewing platform shows the route south that we did about 6 months later.
Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang NP
I think in the late afternoon we walked down the coast a bit to check it out. This is probably the view back up towards Pretty Beach and Snapper Point.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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