North Durras Forest, Lake and Beach

Sunday 1 October 2017

Photos by Erika & Philip

Starting from the carpark above Depot Beach picnic area we walked a short distance up Depot Beach Road before turning onto a bush track and heading uphill. The track was surrounded by spotted gums and about half way up we took in the view across the tree ferns and flowering palms to beautiful Depot Beach below.

Upon reaching the top of the hill we turned onto North Durras Road and walked downhill until we met and turned onto Lake Road, which led us down to the Durras Lake Discovery Trail. After walking the loop of the Discovery Trail we continued down to Durras Lake and walked along the shore line to the back of the North Durras caravan parks. Skirting around the back of the caravan parks we turned onto a looping bush track that after couple of kilometres returned us to the back of the caravan parks. From there we made the short walk to Durras North Beach.

At the beach, near the mouth of the lake, we stopped for lunch. After lunch we walked to the far end of the beach where we came to the start of the Burrawang Walking Track, which winds through the largest preserved stand of spotted gums in coastal NSW. Climbing the steep track to the top of Depot Beach Headland we took the side track out to Point Upright for great views of the coast line, Durras Lake and the Tasman Sea with migrating whales in the distance. Then it was back to the main track and down to Depot Beach village, stopping now and then to admire the towering spotted gums with their pale mottled trunks contrasting starkly with the dark green understory of burrawangs.

From the back of Depot Beach village we walked around to Beach Road, and after a stop at the boardwalk and lookouts, continued on back to our starting point at the carpark.

Erika & Philip