Booderee National Park

We have put together two suggested itineraries for your full day at Booderee: they will help you to truly experience what Booderee has to offer during your short stay with us, whether you’re looking for a day for of the whole family, or something a little more adventurous!

If you have any questions during your visit, don’t forget to call or drop in to the Visitor Centre: our friendly staff know all there is to know about the park and will be able to help you plan your trip.

Full-day itinerary 1 – all ages


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.

Full-day itinerary 2 – 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 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.