Walking at Booderee
We have a wide range of walks on offer at Booderee. Take a gentle stroll through the shaded paths of the botanic gardens or fill your backpack with food, water and a camera for a full-day hike around Steamers Head.
Cave Beach is listed by Australian Geographic as one of the best secluded camping areas in Australia. It is a great surfing spot and is just a few minutes along the main trail from the Cave Beach car park.
Bherwerre Beach is a long, south-facing ocean beach that is also approached from the Cave Beach car park.
Cave Beach camping area to Bherwerre Beach
Take the main trail from the car park to the camping area. On the western side of the camp area is a trail that leads around Ryans Swamp to Bherwerre Beach.
Ryans Swamp attracts many waterbirds such as swamp hens, egrets and ducks. It is also home to numerous frogs, snakes and turtles.
600 m one way, 10 minutes
Cave Beach car park to Bherwerre Beach via fire trail
To complete a circuit, walk to Bherwerre Beach via Ryans Swamp, then take the fire trail back to Cave Beach Road from Bherwerre Beach.
The fire trail leads you across sand dunes that were revegetated with bitou bush in the late 1960s. Since then, this plant has become a major weed and is a threat to all of the NSW coast. In the deeper soils tall blackbutt forest replaces the dune vegetation.
1.9 km return, 45 minutes
Green Patch is one of the most popular beaches in the park and offers some easy walks that are suitable for the whole family.
Green Patch to Bristol Point
Best attempted when the tide is low, this walk is a scenic ramble along the rocky shore and through the nearby forest.
Access the rock platform via a small bridge at the eastern side of the Green Patch picnic area and follow the signs. Once on the rock platform, continue until you come to a small secluded beach. The rock platform contains plants and animals that have adapted to survive in this salty, weather-beaten environment.
After the beach, scramble back onto the rocks and follow the track through the forest until you reach Bristol Point picnic area.
Return to Green Patch through tall blackbutt forest. This part of the walk is great after dark when nocturnal animals can be seen. These animals are shy, so don’t get too close and keep quiet to avoid scaring them away.
Green Patch Beach to Bristol Point: 400 m, 10 minutes
Green Patch via rock platform: 500 m, 30 minutes
Telegraph Creek nature trail
This easy circular walk has signs describing interesting aspects of the vegetation along the way. It passes through tall eucalypt forest where the older trees provide hollows for birds and possums.
Cross serene, fern-lined creeks and swamps where you may see freshwater crayfish foraging.
The trail continues through woodland and heath where wildflowers attract a wide variety of birds in spring.
The trail begins at the northern end of the Green Patch car park or where it is signposted along Jervis Bay Road near the Green Patch turn-off.
Seats are provided along the way.
2.4 km loop, 1 hour
This beautiful beach looks out to Bowen Island, where our local little penguin colony lives and breeds.
If you come here in the evening you’ll see the penguins coming past, yapping to one another as they head home after feeding in the park’s waters during the day.
Munyunga waraga dhugan “White-bellied sea eagle’s home camp”
The Munyunga waraga dhugan loop walk is an ideal introduction to Booderee. ‘Munyunga waraga dhugan’ means ‘white-bellied sea eagle’s home camp’ in the Dhurga language of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal people.
The walk is a self-guided tour of Booderee’s plants, animals, culture and history told through the 14 signs you’ll discover along the way.
Take in panoramic views of Jervis Bay and check out the park’s sea birds, penguins, seals, dolphins and whales from Governor Head. If you start early in the morning you might catch a glimpse of the endangered eastern bristlebird.
Please stay on the marked trail. Moderate grade.
5.4 km loop, 2.5 hours
Upon completing the Munyunga waraga dhugan loop you can relax and cool off at Murrays Beach.
Directly behind Murrays Beach is a trail that leads to the Governor Head lookout. Here you’ll find information about Bowen Island and its thriving penguin population.
Return to the car park the same way.
Murrays Beach car park to Murrays Beach: 300 m, 5 minutes
Murrays Beach car park to Governor Head: 1.1 km, 20 minutes
Low tide walks
Explore the shoreline at low tide to discover some fascinating marine life.
From Murrays car park, walk to the boat ramp, towards Bowen Island, over the rock platform and onto Murrays Beach.
From here you can return via a forest trail. If you turn left at the boat ramp you will reach Hole in the Wall and Green Patch.
Please remember that all plants and animals on the rock platforms (including shellfish, seaweed, octopus and crabs) are protected and must not be taken or disturbed.
Murrays Beach car park to Hole in the Wall: 1.1 km, 30 minutes
Murrays Beach car park to Green Patch: 5.5 km, 2.5 hours
Murrays Beach car park to Murrays Beach (via rock platform): 500 m, 30 minutes
If you want a more challenging walk with some of the park’s most rewarding scenery, head to Steamers Beach.
While it offers fantastic views, we don’t recommend swimming at Steamers Beach as there are severe tows and large sharks around.
However, if you take the headland walking trail you can swim at some of the smaller, safer and more sheltered beaches along the way. Try Kittys Beach or Whiting Beach.
Steamers Beach car park to Steamers Beach
This is a magnificent isolated beach flanked by high cliffs and backed by steep sand dunes. The dunes are an unusual colour for Booderee and are thought to have been dumped 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.
2.3 km (one way), 1 hour
Headland walking trails
These trails offer a full day exploring the St Georges Headland.
You can take the Circuit Trail from Steamers Beach car park (11.4 km return) or extend your walk with the many smaller marked trails along the way (about 20 km in total).
Walk to Brooks Lookout for expansive views of the coastline. If you follow the Circuit Trail southwest and take the short trails to St Georges Head, Corangamite and Kittys Point you will arrive at rocky cliffs and outcrops emerging from the ocean. You can view the Cape St George Lighthouse from a platform.
The Circuit Trail continues with short trails to beautiful spots such as Kittys Beach, Blacks Harbour and Whiting Beach. Follow the Circuit Trail back to the car park via Blacks Waterhole.
Remember to bring plenty of water and food and always stay on the marked tracks.
Steamers Beach to Brooks Lookout: 1.4 km, 30 minutes
Brooks Lookout to St Georges Head: 4.9 km, 2.5 hours
St Georges Head to Blacks Waterhole: 4.1 km, 2 hours
Blacks Waterhole to Steamers Beach car park: 3 km, 1.5 hours