Shoalhaven News

Coast 48km eco-walk to boost winter tourism

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The Murramarang Coastal Walk, which stretches 48 kilometres from Batemans Bay to Bawley Point has received a $3.2 million injection of funds so formalisation of the walk can continue.

Also known as the Five Village Walk, the walk begins at Maloneys Beach, winding its way along cliff tops, foreshore and through bushland via Durras, Depot Beach, Pebbly and Merry Beaches, before finishing up at Kiola and Bawley Point and is set to become a major eco-tourism drawcard for the south coast.

Colin Bailie from Pebbly Beach Escape says the walk through Murramarang National Park, will bring visitors to the area during the quieter winter months.

“The walk is really important to our area,” he said.

“A lot of locals already use the coves and bays, but to bring international guests here that are going to spend money in our eateries and accommodation, it’s really solid.

“It’s the holy grail for the south coast – it’s bringing our winter months up to speed with spring and summer.

“If the walk can help do that, it will be a great thing for the area.”

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says the walk will deliver an outstanding immersive visitor experience in one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in NSW.

The natural landscapes, vegetation and wildlife combines with ancient rock formations and ocean vistas to create many memorable moments for walkers.

The combination of nature and existing overnight accommodation within Murramarang National Park and the coastal villages, presents a very exciting opportunity to create a new multi-day walking experience on the South Coast.

The walk can be completed over four or five easy days, that can be undertaken as self-guided or via commercial tour operators. 

There will be a choice of luxury accommodation in resort villas, affordable beach shacks or cabins, or camp in one of the parks' camping areas. The walk is also suited to be undertaken as separate day walks.

Inspired by local bushwalkers, the walk will promote the culture and heritage of the region. Rock pools and secluded beaches with a backdrop of forested hills and spotted gum forest floors smothered in Burrawang palms, are some of the delights visitors can expect to discover. 

Photo Katrina Condie