Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, NSW
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:11 November 2016
A mere 200km from the urban hub of Sydney and Canberra lie vast stretches of unspoiled natural magnificence, popularly known as the Booderee National Park.
Average Winter Temp: 17°C
Average Summer Temp: 23.9°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Koori people
This beautifully preserved nature reserve has a persona of its own. Expect to come across the whitest sand in the world, the highest sea cliffs in New South Wales, species of flora and fauna you’ve never heard of before, and architectural remnants of a rather dramatic past.
The Booderee National Park derives its name from the Dhurga expression for ‘bay of plenty’. And in true fashion, it transports the city-dweller to a world where nature thrives in the way that it deserves to. About 180 different species of fish inhabit the crystal clear waters around the Park, and over 200 species of birds circle its skies. The lands that lie in between are home to an abundance of native wildlife and vegetation. Their history of human habitation also dates back to over 20,000 years.
For your next getaway, choose the Booderee National Park for a pure sampling of the true essence of nature. A delight for the senses at any time of the year, the Park is also a fantastic practical choice if you’re caravanning with the family, thanks to its proximity to numerous prominent cities, and its well-managed, tourist-friendly infrastructure. If you’re travelling with kids, the Park also offers edutainment programmes for school children during the holiday season.
Attractions & Activities:
- Bird Watching
- Bush Walking
- Nature Trails
- Whale Watching
- Botanical Gardens
- Cape St. George Lighthouse
- Murrays Beach
- Bowen Island
- Green Patch Beach
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Green Patch Campsite
Booderee National Park, NSW
One of the 3 camping grounds within the premises of the Booderee National Park, the Green Patch campsite is the only one that can accommodate caravans (the others being tent-only sites). The discrete location and beautiful surroundings of the campsite make it ideal for couples or small groups of campers. Green Patch offers unpowered sites of varying sizes, along with facilities including toilets, hot-water showers, dishwashing and recycling units, and both wood and electric barbecues. Bookings are made on first-come-first-served basis, and can be difficult to get during the run-up to Christmas.
$22/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5 per child; peak season rates
$14/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $4 per child; shoulder season rates
$10/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $3 per child; off-peak season rates
Riverside Caravan Park
Sussex Inlet, NSW
For tourists who haven’t managed to secure a booking at Booderee National Park’s packed in-house camping grounds, the Riverside Caravan Park serves as a good alternative. Located about an hour’s drive from the western boundary of the Park, the premises offer tourists a variety of accommodation options ranging from cabins to powered and unpowered caravan parking sites. In addition to a newly renovated toilet block with handicap facilities, a covered kitchen and barbecue area, and washing, drying and ironing facilities, the caravan park also welcomes pets (at powered and unpowered sites only, not in the cabins).
$30/night - $45/night (season-dependent) for 2 persons, powered sites
$28/night - $43/night (season-dependent) for 2 persons, unpowered sites
($12 per extra adult; $6 per child; hot showers, washing machines, dryers, linen hires separately chargeable)
Palm Beach Caravan Park
Sanctuary Point, NSW
A small but well-appointed facility located 10km away from the Booderee Natonal Park, the Palm Beach Caravan Park has 3 powered sites for campervans and tent-vehicle combinations. Caravans are not recommended on the site on account of a slight slope and space restrictions. Travellers who do manage to secure a spot here can enjoy a stay with just the right balance of adventure and luxury. On-site facilities include a solar heated salt-water pool, kayaks for hire, a camp kitchen, hot water showers and a laundry block. As an added perk, the premises are pet-friendly.
$35/night - $60/night (season dependent) for 2 persons, powered sites; $12 per child
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Caravan parks in and around the Booderee National Park are typically affordable, though bookings should be made well in advance. For travellers looking for free camping grounds on their way to the Park, RTA rest areas can be located and accessed via the NSW Roads & Maritime Services interactive map.