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 return of the area to its Aboriginal traditional owners.
The extensive Koori knowledge of the land and waters around Jervis Bay 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 seasonal and climatic change.
Booderee Botanic Gardens are the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia and are known as a centre for interpreting Aboriginal plant uses.