Things To See and Do at Joalah Holiday Park
Joalah Holiday Park is the perfect base for your holiday, whether you are looking to be active and explore, or simply sit, relax and watch the world go by.
Durras Lake is a tidal lake, nestled away in the National Park. Its lovely, clean waters offer good breeding grounds for many species of fish and it also provides good catches of crabs and prawns for those who wish to experience the novelty and excitement of these activities.
Durras Lake is tidal. Its lovely, clean waters offer good breeding grounds for fish, with good catches of dusky flathead, bream, blackfish and garfish, as well as good catches of crabs and prawns. Durras Beach fishes well, with good whiting and bream in season, sand flathead, salmon and. There are also a wealth of rock ledges nearby where bream, leatherjacket, drummer, blackfish, salmon, tailor and snapper can be found.
Spend some time on pristine Durras Lake and take in the abundant activity both under and above the water. Sea eagles sore high looking for prey while other (and sometimes rare) bird species go about their day feeding on the waters edge. You can hire a canoe from Joalah Holiday Park for a half or full day. Life jackets are provided.
When the days are a little cooler or you have exhausted the beach and lake, Joalah Holiday Park has a modern tennis court for your enjoyment. Between points and sets take in the panoramic ocean views from the court side. Racquets and balls for hire.
The Murramarang National Park provides a wealth of riches for those who observe birds for pleasure. Birdwatchers can enjoy an enormous variety of sea, shore, estuary, lake and forest bird species, some of which are very rare. You may see albatross, shearwater, gannet, pied and sooty oyster catcher, rare hooded plover, osprey, kingfisher, spoon-billed heron, egret, bittern, powerful owl, top knot pigeon, lyrebird, various robins and finches, the bronze cuckoo and gang gangs.
From Joalah Holiday Park you can discover an enormous range of landscapes and natural treasures. Discover the secluded little beaches, explore the rugged rock platforms, experience the serenity of Durras Lake and observe the beauty of the forest. The flora of the forest changes in an instant, from stately gum trees with a ground covering of Burrawangs and a variety of vines to the beautiful rain forests dominated by the majestic cabbage palms.
The bushwalking and coastal walking tracks within the Murramarang National Park vary in length from around 30 minutes to 3 hours. Many of the walks are flat and easy, while others involve some steep climbs; the views out to sea and through the lush Australian rainforest environment are well worth the effort though! Joalah Holiday Park has compiled extensive directions and maps for the available walks which are available in the cabins or from the office. The walks along the beaches can be affected by tides and sea conditions so please check at the office before starting out.
Disclaimer: The bushwalks are neither controlled or managed by Joalah Holiday Park. We accept no responsibility for any injury, however caused, resulting from the use of any of the bushwalks by any person.
**Please note not all bushwalks have reopened yet following the recent bush fires.
A refreshing swim is a must when staying at Joalah Holiday Park; between Durras Beach and Durras Lake there is a swimming spot for everyone! The northern end of the beach is appropriately known as 'calm corner'. This area is generally sheltered from the winds and swell, giving it a calm bath-like feel. Halfway up the beach there is a couple of caves (worth a look as you walk past!) and the water here is great for surfing and swimming in the waves. Durras Lake is directly in front of Joalah Holiday Park and is excellent for young children or those wanting a quick paddle in shallow waters. It is also great for canoeing and stand up paddle boards. Our Waterfront cabins look directly over this area, allowing you to relax on your balcony with the kids in full view.
You may also wish to rock hop the nearby headlands and explore the life forms in the rock pools, crevices and under ledges, or snorkel through the protected, clean and pristine waters.
MURRAMARANG NATIONAL PARK AND WILDLIFE
The shores of Durras Lake and the North Durras village are bordered by the Murramarang National Park. The National Park extends west from the sea to the catchment areas of the Durras Lake. The National Park is the home of many exotic plants and animals. Common are the majestic coastal palms, burrawangs and bush orchids. You can also see kangaroos, possums, bandicoots, echidnas, goannas and a vast variety of birdlife.
Within Joalah Holiday Park native kangaroos are regular visitors, grazing without concern for the Park's occupants. On arrival, you will be greeted by the calls of the local birdlife, predominantly the friendly rosellas, the inquisitive king parrots and the very social rainbow lorikeets. At night the birds will be replaced by the possums venturing from the forest in search of a meal, or the timid bandicoot who can be seen darting in and out of the shadows as it forages for food. The friendly, (sometimes too friendly), goannas pay us an occasional visit, looking for scraps and casually browsing the area before it makes its way up a tree for a nap or back to the forest.