Murrays Beach Walk / Munyunga Waraga Dhugan
Where: Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay
The Murrays Beach Walk is a well-maintained fire trail that is 5.4 kilometres long. This walk will take around 2 ½ hours to complete so it is suited to school-aged kids. There are 14 interpretive signs along the trail providing information about settlement history in the area, Koori culture and natural fauna and flora.
Start the trail leading to the right of the first interpretive sign (the walk is a loop so either will take you back to the starting point). A steady uphill will start you off through knobbly old Scribbly gum and banksia forest, and there are some interesting trees along the trail that have been burnt out which are big enough for kids to stand inside. Finding the next sign can be a great incentive to keep the kids interested in moving in a forward direction as well as a great learning experience for them – the trail was originally used by children at the old lighthouse to access the school near Murray’s Beach in the 1800’s!
Half way along the trail you will come to a marked junction. Follow the trail to the left and the vegetation changes into heathland and wildflowers (best seen in early spring). As the trail follows the rugged coastal cliff line there are opportunities to look out for the rare bristlebird, sea eagles, and wallabies – all interesting creatures for the kids to spot! From here the walk gets even better – you will be rewarded for your efforts with sweeping views of the wild coastline’s epic vertical cliffs and a view stretching between Cape St George ruined light house and Point Perpendicular lighthouse. Whale watching and seal spotting is also a possibility from this point but use caution as there are exposed cliffs and it is important to stay on the trail!
Continuing along the trail you will come to another junction which will give you an opportunity to extend the walk to Governor Head, there is a fenced lookout overlooking Bowen Island which is home to our local Fairy Penguin (little penguin) population. Follow the signs for the last stretch to Murray’s beach and cool off with a swim or stroll along the beach. What a perfect way to reward the kids for their mighty efforts!
No visit to Murrays Beach is complete without a walk around the boat ramp to spot marine life swimming in the protected harbour, and a lookout for the resident whistling kite family (birds of prey) that nest there!
Access the trail at Murrays Beach car park in Booderee National park Jervis Bay. Park fees apply $11 for 48 hours or $44 for yearly pass.
A huge thank you to our guest blogger Sky from @3kidsandabackpack for this post! Follow Sky’s wonderful expeditions on Instagram!
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