Murrays Beach - Booderee National Park
Murrays Beach is a jewel in the Booderee National Park. It is a world class beach with beautiful white sand and perfect for swimming. The bay has pristine clear water also good for snorkeling. To experience the real beauty of the beach avoid the Christmas summer holidays and weekends as well.
- Midday until afternoon - perfect light on a sunny day.
- At sunrise, Bowen Island gets illuminated.
- A short walk from Murrays Beach car park to the "Hole in the Wall" at low tide only 1 km one way.
Spotting Penguins; September until December one hour before dusk wait at Murrays Beach and you may spot groups of penguins swimming back to Bowen Island for feeding. The island is a successful breeding colony with roughly 5.000 breeding pairs.
Weather and Crowds
Expect more visitors during summer from December until February and during weekends. It's perfect for swimming and snorkeling. March is a pleasant month; it is warm, less crowded and swimming is refreshing. Water temperature of more than 20°C from December to April. Most precipitation during summer; winter is much drier. Temps in summer on average around 25°C but can be hot as well. In the winter the day temps are below 20°C and one digit temps during the night.
Boodeere declared as a Nature Reserve in 1971 and established as National Park in 1992. The name originates from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community and means bay of plenty or plenty of fish. Booderee is well known for its spectacular beaches and hikes. The park is popular for camping, especially during summer. Booking the campground is essential and possible up to four months in advance. There is much to do like fishing, diving, boating, birding, swimming, hiking or wander inside the botanic garden. Schedule enough time for this stunning place.
From Murrays Beach leads a trail to the Governor Head lookout. Here you can find information about Bowen Island and the penguin colony. It is just a short walk from the car park to the beach.
Don't miss Steamers Beach also part of the Booderee National Park.