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Surrounded by the Murramarang National Park, Depot Beach is a small village on the coast amongst the spotted gum forests of the region.|
Depot has a beautiful, protected beach, extensive rock shelves, magnificent views to the north and beautiful spotted gum and burrawang forests all around. But Depot is more than these ...
People who visit Depot are captured by the special feeling that it creates. It is partly the discovery of beaches which are unnamed and untouched... the vistas that show no human imprint ... the forests that have not suffered at the axemans hand. It is the crystal clear waters; the absence of 'civilisation'; the simple fibro cottages; tank water; a closer harmony with a benign and unspoiled environment. You can't really describe it, but those who have visited for a time understand.
It begins when you turn off the Princes Highway and strike the dirt road that you need to travel to reach the village. This is an important part of the journey. The dirt road represents the recapture of these basic values. The dirt road is where you forget the pressures of the new world, where you begin to anticipate the simple but profound pleasures that await and where, in the forest, the overwhelming majesty of nature begins to assert itself.
Eight kilometers on, as you descend through Lovells Pass, your journey is over and the transformation is complete - you have arrived.
Depot comprises mostly small privately owned beach houses (some of which - home 1 or home 2 are available for rental), a small National Parks campsite and a few cottages (recently renovated) for rent.
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday, a romantic weekend or when the surf is up, a surfing experience. Walking reveals Depot's treasures... along the cliffs, through the rainforest or along the beaches. And yet it is only 25 minutes to Batemans Bay where the clubs and shops can remind you of the real world.
Depot is a haven for wildlife with a resident population of Eastern Grey kangaroos, vast range of birdlife and all sorts of Australian fauna - most of which are only too happy to exploit the generosity of the visitor. Of course, in such an environment, dogs are not suited so you will have to leave your pets at home.
With the recent announcement of the extension of the Murramarang National Park and an entry fee to the park, we hope that those who fully appreciate the magic of Depot will be able to continue to experience it by saving its forests, its beaches and its all-important dirt road.
To read more about the region and the nearby towns, please take the following links:
Durras Discovery Trail
South Coast NSW