If you’ve found your way through Durras to the Cookies Beach southern carpark, then you’re also in the carpark for Mill Beach. Unless of course you’re staying at the Murramarang Resort – possibly one of the most popular eco-tourist destinations in the Eurobodalla.

The fully-equipped resort is discreetly hidden from view and is contained within the borders of theMurramarang National Park. In 1986 the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) leased the area for the resort for a period of 45 years.

Mill Beach

The southern end of Mill Beach has visible signs of its past – from the 1870s to 1929 a timber mill was located on the headland. Timber was felled  from surrounding forests and pulled by horse teams or ferried on punts to the mill.

A steam winch pulled the timber to the Wasp Head Mill where it was cut and then hauled out to ships in the bay. The steam boiler is about all that remains of this bygone era.

From the small, steeply inclined beach all this activity is long forgotten, replaced by families escaping the city to the peace and tranquility of the Murramarang National Park. Indeed the park surrounding Mill Beach has a lot to offer.

Walk around the rather flat southern rock platform to get a good view of xe “Wasp Island”Wasp Island, an important nesting sight for little penguins, white-faced storm petrels, and shearwaters.
The headland is a good place to throw in a line, but watch the tides and the occasional large wave that can catch you off guard.

For the energetic, another walking track, one leading around Wobbegong Bay to Wasp Head and another towards Emily Miller Beach, can be picked up from just behind the Murramarang Resort.

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Mill Beach Accommodation

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