Booderee National Park

Our culture

Booderee is home to the people of Wreck Bay who have cared for the land and waters of the Jervis Bay area for many generations. They are proud of this association – passing on their special knowledge and ancestral and creation stories to their families.

Booderee, in the Dhurga language of the region, means ‘bay of plenty’. It is the name chosen by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community following the handback of the area to the Aboriginal traditional owners.

The extensive Koori knowledge of the land and waters around the Jervis Bay area continues to expand. Wreck Bay people use the bush as a natural classroom for younger people. The bush is also for collecting foods and medicines, learning stories and indicating of seasonal and climatic change.

Booderee Botanic Gardens are the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia and are known as a centre for interpreting plant uses by local Aboriginal people.

Learn about bush medicines and tools with Bernie McLeod.