Amazing facts

You're sure to learn something new from these amazing facts about Booderee.

  • What do you know about the history of Cape St George lighthouse?

    The Cape St George Lighthouse has a fascinating but grisly history with many tales of death and disaster. Seven people are known to have died there and 26 ships have been wrecked nearby.

  • How vulnerable are humpback whales?

    Humpback whales were nearly hunted to extinction. The last whaling station in New South Wales, at Byron Bay, closed in 1962 because so few whales could be found. Today, safe from hunting and protected by environmental law, their numbers are slowly increasing.

  • How many types of animals is Booderee home to?

    Booderee is home to over 200 species of birds, over 30 different native mammals including 10 species of bats, 37 reptiles, 17 amphibians and at least 180 species of fish.

  • Can you tell a Southern right whale from its blow?

    The southern right whale has two blow holes which produce a distinctive v-shaped cloud of vapour when the whale surfaces to breathe.

  • How did the Koori people use the bush around them for tools?

    The plants and objects of Booderee had many traditional uses. Our ranger is demonstrating just one of the uses of this lily - a high-pitched whistle used to scare off snakes. Its bright blue berry juice can also be used as a dye and its leaves as string. People boiled the leaves to create a tea-like drink, a medicine for colds. The fibre in the leaves helped make waistbands, sandals, nets, traps and baskets.

  • How big is the majestic white-bellied sea-eagle?

    The white-bellied sea-eagle has an awe-inspiring wingspan of up to 2.2 metres. The white bellied sea-eagle is a particularly special bird at Booderee as it is the guardian of the Aboriginal people of Wreck Bay and features on the Booderee National Park logo.

  • How long have people been living at Booderee?

    Aboriginal people existed in this region long before the sea rose to its current level and the present Bherwerre Peninsula was created. The oldest archaeological evidence of Aboriginal occupation in the region includes a site at Burrill Lake, about 30 kilometres south of Jervis Bay, dating to more than 20,000 years ago.

  • What do you know about the little penguin?

    The little penguin is the smallest species of penguin, growing to just 30 centimetres in height. While the little penguin is found around the southern coasts of Australia, Bowen Island is one of the most successful breeding colonies with around 5,000 breeding pairs.

  • Can you recognise a satin bowerbird's bower?

    The male satin bowerbird builds a small avenue of twigs, the 'bower', and decorates it with bright blue coloured objects such as parrot feathers, flowers, bottle tops, wrappers and drinking straws.

  • Which plant is a natural insect repellent?

    The Koori people used the properties of the umbrella bracken fern as an insect repellent. Juice from inside the stem of the gymea lily is used to alleviate the pain from bluebottle stings.