Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 10.4km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Pretty Beach Camping Access Rd, Cockwhy

  • End: Pretty Beach Camping Access Rd, Cockwhy

  • Location: Murramarang National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 267 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -35.56746969

  • Longitude: 150.3664038

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Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track is a 10.4km, grade 5 return hike, located in the Murramarang National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

If you're well-prepared, Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track is an adventurous hike that traces the rocky coastline and beaches of northern Murramarang National Park.
Heading south from Pretty Beach, the unmarked route scrambles over slippery rock shelves that are normally underwater, and along remote pebble beaches. Make sure to check tides, swells and weather conditions before you set out as the journey requires extreme caution and is inaccessible from mid to high tide. It should not be attempted during poor weather or big ocean swells.
At Snake Bay, cool off with a swim in the clear ocean before tucking into a beachside picnic, to time your return with the next low tide. If you're feeling energetic, you can connect with the well-signposted Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay walking track.
A popular option is to loop back to Pretty Beach via Durras Mountain. Continue south of Snake Bay, then around 75m from Clear Point you'll meet the junction with the Mount Durras track. This track combines the steep but rewarding Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain and Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain tracks. Allow 4-5 hours if you're planning to walk the full 12km loop in either direction. Take a virtual tour of Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Spanning 44km of dramatic coastline, Murramarang National Park is the ultimate spot to soak up some sun and explore the cliffs, headlands and pristine beaches of the NSW south coast. Be sure to pack your swimmers to hit the surf, binoculars for spotting peregrine falcons and sea eagles soaring high above the cliffs, and your fishing rod to catch dinner.

This is one of the rare spots in Australia where the spotted gums grow right down to the ocean, offering plenty of shade in the warmer months and a stunning backdrop for a nature escape all year round. When you're ready to take a break from the stunning beaches you can opt to canoe or walk around Durras lake instead. The Durras lake discovery trail is perfect for kids.

Getting there

To Pebbly Beach carpark. Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track is in the northern precinct of Murramarang National Park. To get there:Enter the park off the Princes Highway at TermeilTake the Bawley Point/Kioloa turn offDrive past Kioloa and follow the signs to Pretty Beach Park entry points Pebbly Beach carpark See on map Pretty Beach carpark See on map Pretty Beach carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at Pretty Beach picnic area.


Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track requires extreme caution. It can only be walked at low tide and in calm weather. Please read our safety information before planning your trip.
Check the tide, swell or wave size, and weather conditions before you set out. Surf conditions can change quickly, stay alert at all times.
The track can be indistinct or unmarked, and is hard to follow, slippery and dangerous in places.
This is part of a marine park - please check restrictions.

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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