Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions apply
Travellers need to keep up-to-date with where they can travel and which areas have been declared COVID-19 hotspots, as the COVID-19 situation in Australia is continually evolving.
The Jervis Bay Territory including Booderee National Park is subject to the Public Health Directions currently in place for the Australian Capital Territory. Please consult this list before travelling to Booderee National Park.
Booderee National Park is presently only open for day visitors
We want you to have a fantastic visit to Booderee National Park that’s memorable for all the right reasons. Here are our tips to help you stay safe, particularly near waterways!
If you want a more challenging walk with some of the park’s most rewarding scenery, head to Steamers Beach. Learn more about Steamers Beach by downloading our podcast here.
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, moderate to difficult
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 loop) or extend your walk with the many smaller marked trails along the way.
Allow approximately 4 hours to visit all the main visitor sites along the trail.
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
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