Pebbly Beach or “kangaroo beach” in Murramarang National Park is well known for the friendly kangaroos that graze on the grassy areas above the beach, and sometimes even enter the water. (There is even a myth about surfing kangaroos, which resulted from a photo of a kangaroo in the low surf.)
The beach itself is a nice surf beach, although there isn’t much shade. Parking is fairly limited and the carpark can get full in the summer holidays as it’s one of the most popular beaches in this area. Despite these challenges (get here as early to secure a park), this beach is well worth a visit.
At the northern end of the beach is a rock platform, which is often frequented by people fishing and is fun to explore at low tide. At the end of the headland are some sea caves – low tide is essential if yo are visiting these.
Behind the beach are some picnic areas, a campground (bookings essential) and cabins.
Getting to Pebbly Beach
Pretty Beach is about 10min drive (8.2km) from the Princes Highway via the unsealed Mount Agony Road, north of Batemans Bay. It’s about a 3.5-4 hour drive south of Sydney. You can walk to Littles Pebbles Beach via a signposted walking track, and then continue to Pretty Beach either along the coast, or via Durras Mountain.
Staying near Pebbly Beach
There is limited accommodation at Pretty Beach, as it’s within a national park:
- National Parks (NPWS) – Pebbly Beach camping
- National Parks (NPWS) – Pebbly Beach shacks
The nearest towns are the very small beachside suburb of Depot Beach and the slightly larger North Durras; both offer holiday accommodation. Slightly further away is South Durras, a larger town which has a few more accommodation options.
- Beachsafe – Pebbly