Suggested itineraries

  • Half day itinerary one | all ages

    A quick glimpse of all Booderee has to offer for the whole family - from swimming, to whale and wildlife watching, Booderee has it all.
    • START: Visitors Centre
      The Booderee Visitor Centre has enthusiastic staff ready to provide helpful information on things to do and see in the Park.

      DRIVE: from Visitors Centre to Murrays Beach Car Park (5 minutes)

      WALK: from the car park to Governor Head (20 minutes, 1.1km, Easy)
      Governor Head will give you views over the headland and towards Bowen Island. During June-July and September-November (the whale migration season) you may be lucky enough to see a whale.

      WALK: from Governor Head to Murrays Beach (20 minutes, 1km, Easy)
      This will give you a chance to cool off and relax on the beach. There is a large variety of marine life off Murrays Beach. This gives you a great opportunity to swim or snorkel and discover the diversity of marine life found in the waters of Booderee.

      DRIVE: from Murrays Beach to Green Patch (5 minutes)
      Green Patch has amenities and free BBQs. It is a  great place for a picnic and a great place to swim!
      A five minute walk from the car park is Green Patch beach where you will enjoy scenic views over Jervis Bay.
      There is a large variety of birdlife at Green Path including the rainbow lorikeet. (Please don't feed the birds - you are not permitted to feed any wildlife at Booderee, as animals can become sick and dependent on people for food).
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  • Half day itinerary two | all ages

    Ideal for plant and history buffs - explore our beautiful Botanic Gardens before ending up at the historic Cape St George Lighthouse.
    • START: Visitors Centre
      The Booderee Visitor Centre has enthusiastic staff ready to provide helpful information on things to do and see in the park.

      DRIVE: from Visitors Centre to the Botanic Gardens Car Park (5 minutes)
      Take a walk in the Botanic Gardens (45-60 minutes, 1.3km, easy)
      Clearly marked paths allow you to explore the Gardens at your leisure. The cultivated areas of the Gardens showcase the beauty of south eastern Australia's native plants. Specialised displays feature botanically related plants such as wattles and plants that grow in similar habitats such as rainforests. Don't miss the trail around Lake McKenzie, a natural freshwater wetland.

      DRIVE: from the Botanic Gardens to Green Patch (5 minutes)
      Green Patch is a great place for a picnic with free BBQs and amenities. Green Patch beach is a fantastic place to swim and offers scenic views over Jervis Bay.
      This is a great place to catch some of Booderee's wildlife - wallabies, marine life and birds such as the rainbow lorikeet.

      WALK: take the loop walk from Green Patch to Bristol Point, returning to Green Patch (1 hour, medium)
      It is best to attempt this walk when the tide is low - access it via a small bridge at the bottom of Green Patch camping area. The walk will take you to a small secluded beach and then through to Bristol Point.
      You can then return to Green Patch by taking the walk through the blackbutt forest.
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  • Day itinerary one | all ages

    Take a bit more time to savour your day out. Learn more about our plants and wildlife, take a family bike ride around Green Patch park and beach.
    • START: Visitors Centre
      The Booderee Visitor Centre has enthusiastic staff ready to provide helpful information on things to do and see in the park.

      DRIVE: from Visitors Centre to the Booderee Botanic Gardens (10 minutes)
      Take a walk in the Botanic Gardens (45-60 minutes, 1.3km, easy)
      This easy walk will take you around the Botanic Gardens, showcasing the beauty of Australian plants.
      On this short walk you can see the heart of the Gardens' landscape - Lake McKenzie. You will pass by areas rich in ferns and the former site of the Bherwerre Farm. The walk will then take you across the lower lawn and into the delights of the rainforest boardwalk.

      DRIVE: from the Booderee Botanic Gardens to Green Patch (10 Minutes)
      Green Patch has amenities and free electric BBQs. A great place for a picnic lunch! A five minute walk from the day car park is Green Patch beach where you can swim and enjoy scenic views over Jervis Bay.
      Green Patch is a great place for bird watching with crimson rosellas, kookaburras, king parrots and wood ducks all regular visitors.
      Paths allow kids to ride their bikes around the Green Patch park and down to the beach.

      DRIVE: from Green Patch to the Cape St George Lighthouse (15 minutes)
      The Cape St George Lighthouse was built in 1860 - tragically, in the wrong place.
      A new lighthouse was built in 1889 at Point Perpendicular. However the two lighthouses confused ships travelling in the day time and so Cape St George was demolished by the Australian Navy in 1922.
      Many people believe the lighthouse is cursed because of the ship wrecks it caused and because tragic incidents struck some families who lived there.
      The Cape St George Lighthouse can be viewed from a platform, accessed by a short walking trail. This site also offers excellent views of the coastal cliffs to Bowen Island.
      The lighthouse is also the best place for whale watching. More than 2000 humpback and southern right whales migrate north from June to July and make their way back to Antarctic waters from September to November.
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  • Day itinerary two | something for adventure seekers

    For those who like to hike, swim and snorkel, this itinerary is tailor-made for you.
    • START: Visitors Centre
      The Booderee Visitor Centre has enthusiastic staff ready to provide helpful information on things to do and see in the Park.

      DRIVE: from Visitors Centre to Steamers Beach Car Park (15 minutes)

      WALK: Steamers Beach walking trail (3 hrs return, 4.6 km, hard)
      Steamers Beach is a magnificent, isolated beach flanked by high cliffs and backed by steep sand dunes thought to have been created there by a tsunami.
      From Steamers Beach car park the trail takes you through tall eucalypt forest and tea tree towards the coast. It finishes with a steep flight of stairs.

      DRIVE: from Steamers Beach to Iluka (15 minutes)
      Iluka is a great place for a picnic lunch with free BBQs provided.
      Walk along the beach to Green Patch and discover the varied marine and bird life within Booderee National Park.

      DRIVE: from Iluka to Murrays Beach (5 minutes)
      Murrays Beach offers visitors a variety of activities. Crystal clear blue water and white sand offers a great place to swim or just relax. Off the rock platform is a great place to snorkel and discover the large variety of marine life Booderee is home to.
      Walk on to Governor's Head lookout for magnificent views and the chance of seeing a whale in the migration seasons.
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