BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK
Occupying the Southern end of Jervis Bay the Booderee National Park is easy to reach and locations within are very accessible on quality roads (sealed and unsealed).
The National Park supports more than 725 species of native plants occupying areas that range from coastal heathland, woodland and forests (including littoral rainforest in deeper gully areas).
The great beauty of the Park is the way the vegetation meets the water both on the Bay as well as on the southern side of the peninsula facing the open ocean. This is most spectacular at Murrays Beach where the heavy wooded hill meets the back of the beach creating a beautiful backdrop to what we consider the best beach in the bay.
There are many well-constructed walking trails within the National park. The Governor’s Head walk is an easy 4.2 km (best walked anti-clockwise) and takes you through peaceful Banksia and Scribbly Gum forest before opening into coastal heathlands. The St Georges Head Walk (13km) is hilly and requires good fitness but offers a broad variety of views, differing vegetation and passes beautiful hidden bays along the way.
The Park also contains an annex of the Australian Botanical Gardens. Focussed on Australian native species the gardens offer a range of micro-climates and navigation is easy on mostly sealed paths. There are good information displays at a variety of points through the gardens.
On the Jervis Bay side visit beautiful calm beaches at Murrays, Hole in the Wall, Greenpatch and Iluka. Steamers Beach and Cave Beach face the ocean and offer surfing options. The beaches are unpatrolled and can have dangerous rips so please take care if swimming.
One of the greatest features of the park is that it is relatively compact. If you have limited time you can still visit a number of great sights in just an afternoon, but if you have a few days to spare the many walks and beaches provide opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature.
More information about the area can be found at www.jervisbaytourism.com.au