6 November 2017
Named after the Aboriginal Dhurga word for ‘Bay of Plenty’, Booderee National Park sits just behind the white shores of Jervis Bay. Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a school holiday trip with the kids, the area is filled with stunning natural attractions, gorgeous native wildlife, and fun activities for all ages. Check out some amazing things to do in Booderee National Park and get inspired for your next weekend break.
With such scenic surrounds, Jervis Bay is a fantastic place to go beach camping. Green Patch campground is excellently positioned close to crystal clear waters, interesting bushwalks and coastal walks. Take the Green Patch walk to discover scenic ocean views and rock platforms, or embark on the gentle Telegraph Creek nature trail to explore eucalyptus forests, wildflowers, creeks and swamps. Share your space with friendly kangaroos, over 200 species of colourful birds, and lots of other native wildlife.
Explore the ruins of Cape St. George Lighthouse, a relic of early European settlement in the area. Constructed in 1860, this heritage-listed lighthouse is known for having a treacherous past. The lighthouse has seen many disasters, with 26 ships being wrecked around the rocks. Now, the ruins are a fantastic vantage point for whale watching, offering scenic ocean views as well as insight into Australia’s early colonial history.
Take a break from the beach and while away the afternoon strolling through lush botanic gardens. The Booderee Botanic Gardens are the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia. As such, they present unique opportunities to learn about the rich history of the Koori people and their connection with the land, as well as medicinal plant uses, botanical bush tucker, and interesting native flora.
Murrays Beach is a destination famous for its pure shores, Aboriginal history and striking coastal walks. Sheltered by Bowen Island, the bay is home to penguin colonies, dolphins and majestic whales. Take on the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan walking trail to discover a place of deep significance to the Koori people, look out for exciting native marine life and explore the shoreline and rugged rock platforms at low tide for unrivalled ocean views.
Explore the vibrant underwater world around Jervis Bay on an unforgettable diving or snorkelling trip. There are lots of great areas to explore in Booderee National Park, with a plethora of native marine life and at least 180 species of fish calling the area home. Discover amazing snorkelling spots at Scottish Rocks Beach or Murrays Beach to get up close and personal with colourful coral, seal colonies, tropical fish, turtles and more.
Find out more about the Indigenous history of the Jervis Bay area on a guided tour around the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy bushwalking in beautiful surrounds and discover fascinating facts about life in ancient times. Visitors can also enjoy weaving workshops, dreamtime stories and campfire yarns. It’s worth noting that December and January are the peak season for Indigenous guided tours, and spots can be hard to find during this time. Regardless of when you visit, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Please note, Booderee National Park is a Commonwealth National Park and federal park fees apply. Please check the Booderee National Park website for details.