Wildlife

We guarantee you will see plenty of wildlife during your stay at Durras North. Being surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and Batemans Marine Park means a wide variety of habitats for Australian animals. A major reason for many to visit this area.

Most popular is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. We actually offer the worlds only International Kangaroo Guarantee. Durras North is one of the only villages in Australia where the kangaroos actually do hop down the main street. These kangaroos also often visit Durras, Depot and Pebbly Beach. Makes for a great photograph.

Small Swamp Wallabies are often seen darting off into the bushland. They are generally shorter, more squat and have longer tails than the kangaroos. They are quite shy in this area.

During the evening, many Brushtail Possums visit the campsites. Not a good idea to feed them or leave any food out during the evening as they won’t hesitate to help themselves. Though seemingly cute, they can end up a bit of a pest.

Other nocturnal animals include the Long Nosed Bandicoots and Bush Rats. We often spot the bandicoots digging small holes throughout the park.

Yellow Bellied Gliders and Sugar Gliders are often spotted just after dusk. These small gliding possums glide between the trees. The larger Greater Glider can reach the size of a small cat. A popular activity is using a very bright torch to “spotlight” these nocturnal animals.

Reptiles are also commonly seen during the hotter summer periods. Large Goannas roam throughout the park. Their normal diet is small insects, frogs and the like, but they also like to forage through campers rubbish. Our largest Goanna has been measured at 1.88cm.

Echidnas are often seen during spring. These monotremes (egg laying mammals) are covered in spikes and feed on termites, ants and other insects.

Snakes are generally shy and most visitors may not encounter them. Those that are common in the area are the Diamond Python and the Red Bellied Black snake. The Python is relatively harmless whilst the Red Bellied Black Snake is not aggressive. Whilst venomous, there is no record of any humans having died from a bite.

Birdlife is also prolific with over 207 species identified in the Murramarang National Park. With Durras Lake, the beach, rock platforms and the bushland, the variety of birds match the variety of available habitats.

King Parrots, Rosellas, Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Lyrebirds, Pelicans, Sea Eagles, Kingfishers, Lorikeets, Plovers, Bowerbirds, Owls and many more. To help you identify the birds you may encounter, we have available for our guests, binoculars, a Bird Field Guide and a checklist of the common birds in the area.

Apart from the wildlife in the Murramarang National Park (which covers 1970 hectares and 44 kms of coastline), you can also get up close to native and exotic animals at Mogo Zoo, just a short drive from Durras North. Or travel a little further south to Montague Island off Narooma and swim with Seals. Go whale watching in a sea kayak out of Batemans Bay.

Whatever you choose, the South Coast of NSW offers a diverse range of wildlife watching opportunities. Durras North is ideally situated in the heart of Batemans Marine Park and Murramarang National Park. Durras Lake and Beach are right here as well, so this is the perfect place for your wildlife watching adventures.