Booderee National Park

Suggested itineraries

We have a wide range of walks on offer for you at Booderee. Take a gentle stroll through the shaded paths of the botanic gardens, or fill your backpack with some food, water and a camera for a full day hike around Steamers Head

Half-day itinerary 1 – all ages

Pelicans at Booderee National Park

A quick glimpse of all Booderee has to offer. 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 the Visitors Centre to Murrays Beach car park (5 minutes)

Walk: from the car park to Governor Head (20 minutes, 1.1 km, easy). Governor Head will give you views over the headland and towards Bowen Island. During June–July or September–November you may be lucky enough to see migrating whales.

Walk: from Governor Head to Murrays Beach (20 minutes, 1 km, easy). This will give you a chance to cool off and relax on the beach. Go for a swim or snorkel to 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 swim. A five minute walk from the car park is Green Patch beach where you can enjoy scenic views over Jervis Bay. There is a large variety of birdlife here including the rainbow lorikeet.

Half day itinerary 2 – all ages

Green Patch Bridge at Booderee National Park

Ideal for plant and nature buffs, this itinerary lets you explore our beautiful botanic gardens before ending up at Green Patch 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 the Visitors Centre to the botanic gardens car park (5 minutes). Take a walk in the botanic gardens (45–60 minutes, 1.3 km, 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. 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: from Green Patch to Bristol Point, returning to Green Patch (1 hour, medium). You can access this walk via a small bridge at the bottom of the Green Patch camping area. The walk will take you to a small secluded beach and then through to Bristol Point (it is best to attempt this walk when the tide is low). You can then return to Green Patch through the blackbutt forest.

Full-day itinerary 1 – all ages

Cape St George lighthouse, Booderee National Park

Take a bit more time to savour your day. Learn more about our plants and wildlife and visit a ruined 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 the Visitors Centre to the Booderee Botanic Gardens (10 minutes) to take a walk in the botanic gardens (45-60 minutes, 1.3 km, easy).

This easy walk will take you around the botanic gardens and showcase the beauty of Australian plants. See the heart of the gardens’ landscape – Lake McKenzie – and pass by areas rich in ferns as well as the former site of the Bherwerre Farm. Continue across the lower lawn and into the rainforest boardwalk.

Drive: from the Booderee Botanic Gardens to Green Patch (10 minutes).

Green Patch has amenities and free electric BBQs, making it a great place for a picnic lunch. A five minute walk from the car park is Green Patch beach, where you can swim and enjoy scenic views over Jervis Bay.

Green Patch is a great place for birdwatching, 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. The two lighthouses confused ships travelling during the day and so Cape St George was demolished by the Australian Navy in 1922.

Many people believe the lighthouse is cursed because of the shipwrecks it caused and because tragic incidents struck some families who lived there.

The Cape St George Lighthouse can be viewed from a platform that is accessed by a short walking trail. This site also offers excellent views of the coastal cliffs to Bowen Island and is the best place for whale watching.

Day itinerary 2 – something for adventure seekers

Kookaburra at Booderee National Park

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 the Visitors Centre to Steamers Beach car park (15 minutes).

Walk: Steamers Beach walking trail (3 hours return, 4.6 km, hard).

Steamers Beach is a magnificent, isolated beach flanked by high cliffs and backed by steep sand dunes. 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 of Booderee National Park.

Drive: from Iluka to Murrays Beach (5 minutes).

Murrays Beach offers a variety of activities. Crystal-clear blue water and white sand makes it a beautiful place to swim or just relax. Near the rock platform is a great place to snorkel and discover Booderee’s large variety of marine life. Walk on to Governor’s Head lookout for magnificent views and the chance of seeing a whale during the migration seasons.