Horse Head Rock is one of the most unique and stunning rock formations found along the coast of NSW. It is located near Bermagui along the Sapphire Coast and is known to be one of the oldest rock formations in NSW, being around 500 million years old. The distinctive resemblance to that of a horses head is what attracts so many photographers and nature lovers.
How to get to Horse Head Rock
There are two different ways to view Horse Head Rock but both are accessed from Camel Rock Beach carpark. To view the rock from above, take the walking track from the carpark to Murunna Point. The other way to reach Horse Head Rock is to walk along the rocks from Camel Rock Beach.
Horse Head Rock tides
Be aware if you’re setting out along the rocks from Camel Rock Beach as it is only accessible during low tide. It is also best to only take this route if the water is calm as some people may have difficulty scrambling along the rocks. To check the tides, click here.
Murunna Point Walking Track
The Murunna Point Walking track is one of the most popular ways to view Horse Head Rock. It’s a 1.5 kilometre elevated bush walking track that will take roughly 1 hour return, however you don’t have to do the whole track. There are plenty of viewing platforms along the way that each offer stunning views of the coastline. The path is pretty easy to follow but can get a little narrow and slippery at times so take caution. Murunna Point Walking track is the most common way to view Horse Head Rock so it can get fairly busy during the day. The carpark also fills up pretty quickly so it is best to arrive in the morning or afternoon to avoid peak times.
The views from above were spectacular and the rocky coastline reminded us of Bali and Nusa Penida. For the ultimate experience, be sure to get here for sunrise or sunset. You’ll be able to witness the sunlight peak over the rock formations and unique coastline.
What to Expect at Horse Head Rock
For those more adventurous, taking the path along the rocks will get you up close and personal with Horse Head Rock. It’s also the less common path taken so you’ll have the incredible view all to yourself. From Camel Beach, the path along the rocks will take about 10-15 minutes. The rocks are jagged so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and not just thongs.
Once you reach Horse Head Rock, you’ll be rewarded with picture perfect scenery and your very own private rock pool! The rock pool was our favourite part and we spent most of our time relaxing in the water. The beach is also full of beautiful shells to spend some time admiring. Plenty of photographers flock to this beach to capture the incredible scenery and we can definitely see why. The rock formation is almost identical to a horses head and is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in NSW. When heading back, be sure to do so when the tide is still low. The last thing you’d want is to walk back along the rocks in water.
Where to stay
Bermagui is the closest town with a few accommodation options to choose from. There are also two holiday parks right next to Horse Head Rock along Wallaga Lake if you are looking to stay somewhere very close. Bermagui is a small, charming seaside town with a range of attractions such as events, arts and music.
Anchorage Apartments – Luxury: The Anchorage is located at the quiet end of town and offers stunning river views. There is an outdoor swimming pool and bbq area. The modern apartments are super clean, spacious and comfortable, making it the perfect place to unwind. It’s only a short walk along the marina to the town centre. There are great bars and restaurants to indulge in also.
Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake – Midrange: This holiday park is great value for many as it offers plenty of facilities. The park is located right by the lake which is perfect for soaking up some peace and quiet. The villas are spacious, clean and have everything you need. The property is a short walk to Camel Rock Beach where you can check out the unique rock formations.
Bermagui Beach Hotel – Budget: The hotel offers rooms with private balconies and is located across the road from the beach. Each room has all the basic ammenities and there is a pub downstairs that does great food.
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