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Murrays Beach and Boat Ramp

South Coast NSW

Booderee National Park


Distance (kms):

1.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

30 m

Max. elevation (m):

30 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A picturesque beach in a protected bay, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and paddling, as well as a nearby boat ramp that is popular among photographers at sunset.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the car park located at the end of Jervis Bay Road in Jervis Bay.

A short 300m walk from the eastern side of the car park takes you to stunning Murrays Beach, which looks out to Bowen Island, where a local little penguin colony lives and breeds, as well as panoramic views of Jervis Bay.

The beach, while being on the precipice of the mouth of Jervis Bay, is a protected bay, with the stunning white sand beach fringed by forest. 

The beach is the perfect place for a day of relaxing and swimming, and a great spot for a paddle or snorkel, with the rocks at the eastern end of the beach being an underwater haven.

Remember that all plants and animals on the rock platforms and in the water (including shellfish, seaweed, octopus and crabs) are protected and must not be taken or disturbed.

Note that the beach is not supervised by lifeguards, so caution is required when entering the water, and children should be supervised at all times. Be sure to protect the natural beauty of the location and take all rubbish with you.

To return to the carpark, simply retrace your steps.

There are also options to extend this walk to make it a half-day, moderate 5.4 km trek around the headland, taking in sights such as Governor Head Lookout, Ocean Cave Lookout and Devil’s Elbow, as well as walking onwards to the Hole-in-the-Wall.

While walking, keep an eye out for abundant wildlife in the area, including white-bellied sea eagles and other birds, or from the lookouts, try and spot passing seals, dolphins and whales. 

From the western end of the car park, it is a short stroll to the boat ramp, a popular spot for photographers at sunset, and a great location to look for fish, passing dolphins and rays.

This is a great walk to add to a day-trip of the area, including Cave Beach, Hole-in-the-Wall, the Cape St George Lighthouse and White Sands Walk.

Track: The trail to the beach involves graded, well-maintained paths, and is relatively flat. The trail to the boat ramp is concrete paths. Both tracks are well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it easy and suitable for all fitness levels. The boat ramp is wheelchair accessible. The beach is not supervised by lifeguards, so caution is required when entering the water, and children should be supervised at all times. 

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The walk is located at the car park at the end of Jervis Bay Road in Jervis Bay, 3 hours drive south of Sydney. 

The car park is ample but can become extremely busy during peak periods.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

Note that there are park fees associated with entering Booderee National Park. Check the Parks Australia website for more information.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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