Sunday, March 23, 2008

Booderee National Park

Booderee National Park and Botanic GardensWelcome to BoodereeBooderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens are the names chosen by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community for the former Commonwealth Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens.

Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning 'bay of plenty' or 'plenty of fish'.

The White-bellied Sea Eagle is one of the many birds you can see around the park. This large white and grey eagle is the guardian of the Aboriginal people of Wreck Bay, and is represented in the park logo.

The National Park and Botanic Gardens were handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. The Community and the Australian Government, through the Director of National Parks, now jointly manage the Park and the Botanic Gardens.
Everyone benefits from proper management of the Park, especially the visitors. Park use fees contribute to the cost of protecting the values of the Park and at the same time also help with maintaining visitor services and facilities.

In recognition of its heritage value, the Park and Botanic Gardens are on the Register of the National Estate.
There are a number of permits required for activities in Australia's National Parks.

Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens offer a broad range of recreational opportunities within a magnificent natural setting. The Park is approximately three hours drive from Sydney or Canberra, located on the South Coast of New South Wales between Nowra and Ulladulla.
For ideas on activities and places to visit within the Park, see our suggested itineraries.
School Holiday ActivitiesThere are a number of fun activities in the park during the school holiday period.

Camping in Booderee National Park - Booderee offers three camping areas located within the Park supported by various levels of amenities. Bookings are essential and may be made up to four months in advance.

Weekend sites at Green Patch and Bristol Point are generally fully booked up to a month in advance during the warmer months from October through to May. Sites at Cave Beach are more readily available, but do require you to leave your car and walk to the campsites located 300 metres from the parking area. Campsites at Green Patch and Bristol Point are allocated on a ballot system for the Christmas school holidays.
To make a camping booking or to obtain further information, contact the Booderee Visitor Centre:

The Visitor CentreBooderee National ParkJervis Bay 2540
Phone: 02 4443 0977Fax: 02 4443 8302

To find out what the weather is like on the South Coast go to the Bureau of Meteorology web site.

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