Why You Should Escape to South Durras
About ten kilometers north of Batemans Bay, a dilapidated old barn sits on the corner of the Princes Highway. For me, this has become the visual landmark for the road to heaven.
Long stretches of thick, white sand encase your ankles like cake batter. Crisp, salty water laps at your toes. The fragrance of eucalyptus trees intoxicates your senses while Lorikeets gossip amongst themselves, as if you weren’t there.
THIS IS SOUTH DURRAS
Surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and Bateman’s Bay Marine Park, South Durras is an off the beaten path oasis, with about 330-fulltime dwellers. At the height of summer, the population grows only to about one thousand. There are holiday houses in South Durras, along with two holiday parks. Two small shops provide basic supplies, but come prepared if you visit during low season. They too, are in low season and don’t stock for many customers. Conveniently, larger Bateman’s Bay just down the road a bit provides the necessities should you require anything the local shops cannot provide.
Here, every element is in place for a relaxing getaway. Whether it’s surfing, walking on the beach, fishing, shell collecting, Frisbee throwing or catching up over a nice glass of wine that takes your fancy, it’s all here. This is the kind of place we all need to escape from the madness of our busy lives.
If you need a break from the sand, or just want to see what else the area has to offer, take a short drive south of Bateman’s Bay to the township of Mogo. Discover art stores, quirky gift shops, a used bookstore, a gold mining village, an old fashioned lolly shop, and even a zoo. It’s a great side trip for lunch. Or, grab a coffee or ice cream while you wander around town.
Where to Stay:
For the budget minded, the Big 4 Holiday Park, on the left as you arrive in South Durras, provides easy access to the beach, along with all of the basic amenities. You can camp or rent a villa. It has washing facilities, as well as convenient BBQs around the park. An indoor kitchen is available for anyone to use that also has a communal fridge, relieving the need to constantly stock ice in the esky. Ice is available for purchase from the main office if you get desperate.
For those wanting to spend a little more on accommodations, or simply prefer a holiday house, the Durras TreeHouse is great for convenience and comfort. The Tree House is a five-minute stroll to the beach and is a renovated two storey, three-bedroom house that sleeps seven comfortably. As the name suggests, it’s nestled amongst eucalyptus trees.
Where to Eat: Durras does not provide any eateries per se, but Batemans Bay offers great seafood. There are plenty of options, but the Starfish Deli is a good option for lunch.
If you are looking for a budget option but camping doesn’t thrill you, check out the villas at the Big 4. They are comfortable and provide everything you need. All you need are your clothes, beach towels and groceries.
Check out the Big 4 website for camping and villa options.
If Holiday housing is more your thing, the best site for rentals in this area is Stayz.com.au
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