Walking at Booderee
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.
Cave Beach is listed by Australian Geographic as one of the best secluded camping areas in Australia – and rightly so! 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 also approached from 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 there is a trail that leads around Ryans Swamp to Bherwerre Beach.
Ryans Swamp attracts many waterbirds such as swamp hens, egrets and ducks and is also home to numerous frogs, snakes and turtles.
600 m one way, 10 min
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 which 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 min
Green Patch is one of the most popular beaches in the park and offers some easy, enjoyable walks 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 from the eastern side of the Green Patch picnic area via a small bridge and follow the signs. Once on the rock platform, continue until you come to a small secluded beach. After the beach, scramble back on to the rocks and follow the track through the forest until you reach Bristol Point picnic area. A return walk back to Green Patch can be taken through tall blackbutt forest.
The rock platform contains plants and animals that have specially adapted to survive in this salty, weather-beaten environment. The return walk through the blackbutt forest is great after dark when nocturnal animals can be seen. These animals are shy – so don’t get too close and remember to keep quiet so as not to scare them away.
Green Patch Beach to Bristol Point: 400 m, 10 min
Green Patch via rock platform: 500 m, 30 min
Telegraph Creek nature trail
This circular walk is easy, with 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.
Crossing serene, fern-lined creeks and swamps you may see freshwater crayfish foraging. The trail continues through woodland and heath. In spring delightful wildflower displays attract a wide variety of birds.
Seats are provided along the way. 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.
2.4 km loop, 1 hr
A beautiful beach that looks out to Bowen Island, where our local little penguin colony lives and breeds.
If you come down here in the evening you’ll see the penguins coming past, yapping to one another as they head back out towards their homes on Bowen 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, from Governor Head check out the park’s sea birds, penguins, seals, dolphins and whales. If you start early in the morning you might catch a glimpse of the endangered eastern bristlebird.
Keep your ears open for a variety of our other wildlife – birds, frogs and animals. Please stay on the marked trail. Moderate grade.
5.4 km loop, 2.5 hr
Upon completing the Munyunga waraga dhugan loop walk relax and cool off at Murrays Beach.
Directly behind Murrays Beach a trail leads to the Governor Head lookout – where you’ll find information about Bowen Island and its thriving penguin population.
Return to car park the same way.
Murrays Beach car park to Murrays Beach: 300 m, 5 min
Murrays Beach car park to Governor Head: 1.1 km, 20 min
Low tide walks
Exploring 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: all life 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 min
Murrays Beach car park to Green Patch: 5.5 km, 2.5 hr
Murrays Beach car park to Murrays Beach (via rock platform): 500 m, 30 min
If you want to go on 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 itself as there are severe tows and large sharks around due to a nearby seal colony.
But, if you take the headland walking trail, there are opportunities to 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 that are an unusual colour for Booderee and are thought to have been dumped there by a tsunami (a giant tidal wave).
From Steamers Beach car park the trail takes you through tall eucalypt forest and tea-tree towards the coast, then finishes with a steep flight of stairs.
2.3 km (one way), 1 hr
Headland walking trails
These trails offer a full day exploring the St Georges Headland.
You may take the Circuit Trail from Steamers Beach car park (11.4 km return), or extend your walk by using the many smaller marked trails along the way (in total about 20 km).
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 leading 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 set off with plenty of water, drink, stop for rests and refreshments, and stay on the marked tracks.
Steamers Beach to Brooks Lookout: 1.4 km, 30 min
Brooks Lookout to St Georges Head: 4.9 km, 2.5 hr
St Georges Head to Blacks Waterhole: 4.1 km, 2 hr
Blacks Waterhole to Steamers Beach car park: 3 km, 1.5 hr