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Explore Eurobodalla

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Wild About Whales
Date:
06/11/2013
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Eastern grey kangaroos at Pretty Beach, Murramarang National Park. Photo: M.Jarman/OEH

So much to do in such a relatively small area. This is the way it is along the Eurobodalla Coast – the area stretching south from Batemans Bay to Narooma on the South Coast of NSW. And some of the best things to see and do in this part of the world are in some very unique locations and stunning national parks that hug the often rugged coastline.

Some of the best parks with loads to do include Murramarang National Park and Eurobodalla National Park, and of course Montague Island Nature Reserve which truly is a wildlife wonderland. Yes, you're primed to spot humpback and southern right whales during their southern migration along this coastline, but wait...there's more:

Wildlife Wonderland

When we say this, we mean it. The Montague Island Nature Reserve is located off the South Coast, just 9km off Narooma, and it offers the chance to experience an abundance of wildlife including hundreds of seals lazing on the rocks from late winter to early December. More than 90 bird species have also been seen on the island including a little penguin colony and of course, there's the whales.

The Montague Island Walking Track is a great way to see the island with a knowledgeable guide, or you can discover a fascinating piece of Australia's past with a tour of the Montague Island Lighthouse. You can make a day trip or even stay overnight in either of the two lighthouse keepers cottages, restored from 1881. You can only reach Montague Island by boat with one of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife contracted tour operators.

Great views

Head up to Holmes Lookout in the Clyde River National Park near Nelligen. This lookout, high up on the ridge line offers spectacular scenic views looking out over the Clyde River as it winds its way towards the ocean. It's the best way to see Batemans Bay from up high and you'll catch glimpses of the Budawang Ranges to the northwest.

Walks

In Murramarang National Park get a taste of rainforest meets the sea on the Depot Beach Rainforest Walk. Depot Beach is a beautiful white sand beach backed by a towering green rainforest that marks the beginning of this short walk which starts from the Depot Beach Picnic Area. It's a great walk for kids who love jumping across the stepping stones and balancing along the many logs that line the path.

And still in Murramarang, the Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay Walking Track is great if you're keen to get off the beaten track and explore some spectacular unspoilt coastline.

For some different scenery at both low and high tide, the Mangrove Walk in the Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve takes you over raised boardwalks that thread through the marine park sanctuary zone of Cullendulla Creek. It's a great place for bird watching and spotting soldier crabs on their march.

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