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What to do in Murramarang

with kids

On the magical NSW South Coast, Andrew Mevissen discovers the spectacular scenery and warm hospitality of Murramarang.

Waking sleeping teenagers is never safe and likely to be met with emotive words not fit for this family magazine, but in this case, I just had to.
It was dawn at our weekend beachfront retreat and although it sounds cliché, dolphins really were frolicking in the crystalline waters right in front of our villa.

Only one of the two teens – the nature-lover – rose from the dead and, although unaccustomed to light before midday, she was thrilled to see the pod playing in the shallows as the sun rose from the sea. She promptly retreated to bed, but it was a magic moment the two of us shared at an equally magic seaside location on the NSW South Coast.

Bays and beaches
The NRMA’s multi-award-winning Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Park is perfectly cradled by the calm waters of Beagle Bay and the forested hills of Murramarang National Park at South Durras, 18 kilometres north of Batemans Bay. Murramarang ranks as one of NSW’s finest holiday parks with its absolute beachfront location, three-and-a-half hours from Sydney and two from Canberra.

Guarded by a stately row of Norfolk Island pines, this park is perfect for families and far enough away from the city to feel like somewhere special. The safe, calm water in the sheltered bay and the golden sands of Mill Beach are the ultimate backdrop to a mob of eastern grey kangaroos that graze on the beachfront to the delight of children.

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Fun in the sun
There’s a lot more for fun-seeking clans to enjoy, too. Bikes, boogie boards and go karts are available for hire, while the swimming pool and playground are perpetual favourites. There are also easy bushwalks to hidden beaches in the national park – including one to the second tallest tree in NSW – and a kids’ club that operates in school holidays and on weekends. Murramarang offers a range of well-equipped one- and two-bedroom villas accommodating up to seven people as well as camping and caravan sites. My pick is the absolute beachfront ocean-view villas, where you can gaze upon the sea from your bed and outdoor terrace.

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Free Foxtel and Wi-Fi will keep the kids entertained when they’re not making sand castles or walking the length of the sweeping, pristine bay with you.

Nature’s charms
A stay at Murramarang is all about nature, slowing down and chilling out far away from the stresses of domestic life. The scenery is captivating and many families don’t want to leave after such an idyllic break, booking their next stay right away so they know a dose of Murramarang magic is on the horizon. Normally glued to electronic devices, our teens, 15 and 18, rock-hopped around the headland, patted the kangaroos and strolled along the sand while actually talking to each other, face to face!

This little slice of paradise is a tonic for frayed families in need of a reboot. Its charms managed to get my teen out of bed before noon – if only temporarily – so who knows what Murramarang’s magic can do for your family!

Image credit:Andrew Mevissen

Image credit:Andrew Mevissen

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