BIG4 Racecourse Beach Tourist Park is surrounded by beautiful national parks. Just walk directly out onto the beach and you can join the coastal trek through the Murramarang National Park, a unique coastal area that boasts the beautiful Spotted Gum Trees which grow right to the foreshores. Walk from Kioloa across to Pebbly Beach where you will see the many “surfing kangaroos”, a huge kangaroo population that are usually happy to pose for photos. Hike across the headland to Pretty Beach, (as beautiful as it sounds) and the perfect place to have an afternoon picnic in the sunshine and let the kids play in the sheltered bay.
There are plenty of other walking options in the Murramarang National Park including the following:
Easy walks for the whole family
Durras Lake Discovery Trail: An easy 1.5km walk through the centre of the Murramarang National Park. There are some great displays that take you through the history of the forest and early logging which has left much of the rainforest here endangered. There are stepping stones, a lookout tower and log walk, as well as plenty of wildlife including red-necked wallabies, kangaroos, Crimson Rosellas and New Holland Honey Eaters. Grade 3, 1.5km loop. Time suggested: 30min - 1hr 30min. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Depot Beach Rainforest Walk: A lovely walk through lush rainforest, with beautiful places for a swim, surf, snorkel or a paddle at Depot Beach when you return. Grade 3, 0.4km loop, Time suggested: 15 - 45min. Gentle Slopes. No experience necessary.
Dark Beach Walking Track: A secluded beach and unique rock formations await you at the end of this gorgeous walk, perfect for fishing, swimming or snorkelling. Grade 3, 0.5km return. Time suggested: 15 - 30min. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Myrtle Beach Walking Track: This short walk takes you through the “enchanted forest”; an incredible display of stunted spotted gum forest that have been warped and twisted by the salt air and coastal winds. The walk ends on the stunning shores of isolated Myrtle Beach, surrounded by high cliffs. Perfect for a picnic, fishing, snorkelling, and swimming. You may even see a kangaroo on the beach! Grade 3. 0.6km return. Time suggested: 15 - 30min. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Wasp Head Walk: A short walk that leads to a stunning view of Wasp Island and passes through Aboriginal sites. Grade 3. 2km return. Time suggested: 30min - 1hr 30min. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Honeysuckle Beach Walking Trail offers everything – beaches for swimming and fishing, forests, scenic ocean views and birdwatching. Grade 3. 2.5km return, Time suggested: 1 - 2hrs. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Pretty Beach to Snapper Point Walking Track: Perfect for the whole family, this track follows the headland and has stunning coastline views. You can head down to Merry Beach at the end if you feel like a longer walk. Grade 3. 1km return. Time suggested: 30min - 1hr. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Acheron Ledge Walking Trail. This walk starts further down the coast, closer to Batemans Bay and offers forest and beach, with opportunities for fishing, swimming and snorkelling in a remote and rustic location away from the crowds. Grade 3: 1.5km return. Time suggested: 30min - 1hr. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Oaky Beach Walking Track: If you want to walk through gum trees and rainforest to a secluded beach, this is the track for you. Grade 3: 2.4km return. Time suggested- 1hr - 1hr 30min. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay Walking Track: Off the beaten track with spectacular unspoilt coastline and remote beaches. Grade 3. 5.6km return : Time suggested: 1 - 2hrs. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Lake Walking Track: If you are looking for a longer walk through towering gums and kangaroo, wallaby and goanna sightings, this is an easy and beautiful lake walk for all the family. It’s also a wonderful walk for birdwatchers with lyrebirds, wonga pigeons and eastern whipbird to be seen. Grade 3. 8km return. Time suggested: 2 - 4hrs. Gentle slopes. No experience necessary.
Bushwalking experience recommended
Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain Walking Track: If you are looking for a great day out, this 3-5 hour walk is stunning, incorporating golden beaches, coastal forest and stunning view-points, with the highlight being the view from the top of Durras Mountain. In May to October you may even see migrating humpback whales. You can make this a longer walk if combined with Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay Track. Grade 4 walk, 6.6km return, Time suggested: 3 - 5hrs. Some parts very steep. Some bushwalking experience recommended.
Burrawang Walking Track: This stunning walk takes you through the largest preserves of spotted gums in coastal NSW and takes in Depot Beach Headland, ending at North Durras Beach. You may even see lyrebirds and wallabies along the way. Grade 4. 2km return. Time suggested: 1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min. Some parts very steep. Some bushwalking experience recommended.
Did you know that the Shoalhaven region is now home to over 15 of Australia’s newest wineries? The region is the perfect climate for wine growing and now you can explore our local gems either on your own or through local tour operators (Wine Knot Tours or Winescape Tours) who are happy to take you for a guided tour and, even better, do the driving for you.
Meet the growers and sample some of the region’s best local varietals including Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and newer varietals such as Arneis, Viognier, and Tempranillo.
Close by BIG4 Racecourse Beach Tourist Park is Bawley Vale Estate Winery - an eight minute drive away or a gentle 23 minute cycle! Its stylish tasting room opens October to March to welcome you in to try their fabulous selection of wines.
A bit further afield is Cupitt's Estate, a family run boutique winery, cellar door, restaurant, microbrewery and fromagerie in a beautiful countryside setting between Ulladulla and Milton. The estate has gorgeous views across the vineyard, to Burrill Lake and Pigeon House Mountain.
Timbertops riding stables have a range of horses to cater for all levels of experience. It’s an 11 min drive from BIG 4 Racecourse Beach Tourist Park and they offer one and two hour trail rides which take you through the beautiful state forest bushland. A perfect activity for the whole family.
For the young at heart, a visit to the Mogo Wildlife Park is a must!
Mogo Wildlife Park provides the opportunity to see many of the rare and exotic animals of the world, including the White Lions - the only ones in Australia.
While at Mogo, explore the charming historic village or just simply enjoy a picnic by the lake.
After, why not go for a walk down the high street and have lunch in one of the many cafes. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Mogo Lolly Shop to choose some treats from their fabulous selection.