Murray's Beach Circuit Bird Walk (the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan trail)
Grade and Distance: - 5.5km circuit (2.5hrs) - easy grade, undulating sandy tracks, interpretive signs, little shade
Vegetation Types - coastal heath, beaches, woodland, sandstone cliffs
What to look for:
This walk offers amazing views across Jervis Bay and along the coast. Look for Little Penguins in the waters as there is a colony on Bowen Island just north of Governor Head. A range of honeyeaters can be seen as you pass through eucalypt and casuarina forest and the heathland. White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Whistling Kites are also seen regularly. There is usually a variety of thornbill species in the carpark area, including the Brown, Striated and Yellow Thornbill. Eastern Bristlebirds are regularly seen on the tracks through the heathland with possible sightings of Ground Parrots. Australasian Gannets and albatrosses are regularly sighted from the clifftops.
The Aboriginal name for the Murray's Beach Circuit is Munyunga Waraga Dhugan, which means "Home camp of the White-bellied Sea-Eagle". The walk starts at the Murrays Beach carpark at the end of Jervis Bay Road. Entry fees apply in Booderee NP.
This walk can also be found in the Shoalhaven Bird Walks brochure.
Links to all the self-guided Shoalhaven bird walks: