BEST Aussie Beaches 2022 #8: Depot Beach, South Coast, New South Wales

Depot Beach, South Coast, New South Wales - Image Kate Gilmore
Depot Beach, South Coast, New South Wales - Image Kate Gilmore

Don’t you love it when a campground is right beside the beach? Depot Beach just north of Batemans Bay, on the south NSW coast is a family favourite.

Our daughter said it was quiet and pretty. They had a lovely picnic on the beach. She said you walked just over a hill and road – a hundred metres or so from the campground to the beach.

Facilities include toilets, showers, electric power, BBQs picnic tables, drinking water. BYO firewood and coins for the shower. The sites are suitable for tents, swags, camper trailers or caravans.

Murramarang National Park is known for having one of the biggest continuous stands of spotted gums and its indigenous history. Evidence of the past include shell middens, tool manufacturing sites and indications of a specialised industry producing bone points and fishing hooks.

Depot Beach, South Coast, New South Wales - Image Kate Gilmore
Depot Beach, South Coast, New South Wales - Image Kate Gilmore

What to do here?

  • Swim
  • Snorkel
  • Fish
  • Spot local wildlife including dolphins and eastern grey kangaroos
  • Walks from this beach include Rock Platform walk and Depot Beach Rainforest walk. There is Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain walk for spectacular views of the coast and ranges in the national park.
  • Birdwatch – including lyrebirds

There is a sealed road for 2WD vehicles. You need to book online before you come – park fees are not included in the camping fees.

  • Check in 12pm, check out 11am. Fees may apply for late checkouts.
  • A maximum of 2 sites can be booked in one customer name.
  • You must check in to the on-site office to confirm your site number. Please check the whiteboard if the office is unattended.

Images by Kate Gilmore

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