Staying safe

We want you to have a memorable holiday - for all the right reasons! Please follow the safety recommendations when using the park.


  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and loose clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses. Stay in the shade when possible
  • Carry drinking water with you at all times
  • During your visit, please always follow directions from park rangers - their directions are for your safety
  • Stay on marked tracks and in designated visitor areas
  • Be aware of your own limitations and supervise children
  • Be aware that spiders, snakes and ticks are around
  • When near cliffs exercise extreme caution
  • When on rock platforms watch what the waves are doing and never turn your back to the sea
  • Spearguns, hand spears and firearms are prohibited

  • Emergency phone numbers

    Some contact numbers in case of an emergency situation. There is a public telephone located at the Jervis Bay Village shop.

    Life threatening emergency: 000

    Police: 02 4442 1008

    Medical clinic: 02 4443 0955

  • Fire

    Wildfires have devastating consequences, killing native animals, destroying property and endangering and taking lives. Total fire bans will be declared in the park when a ban is in place for the Shoalhaven district, or at other times as determined by the park manager.

    • Fire bans

      In the event of a total fire ban walking trails will be closed - with the exception of Murrays Beach, Cave Beach, Bristol Point, Green Patch, Cape St George Lighthouse access points and some walking trails in the Botanic Gardens.

      • Fire signs in the park will indicate extreme fire danger and/or total fire ban
      • Walking trails will be closed, with the exception of Murrays Beach, Caves, Bristol Point, Green Patch, Ruined Lighthouse access points and some walking trails in the Botanic Gardens
      • No fires are allowed for any purpose
      • Heat beads and any form of solid fuel may not be used
      • Gas barbecues, stoves or trangias may be used:
        • only in or within 5 m of provided fireplaces, where there is an immediate and continuous supply of water (they may not be used on campsites)
        • under the direct control of an adult
      • Electric barbecues at Green Patch day use and camping areas and Botanic Gardens may be used
    • Reporting a fire

      If you see a fire report it on 000, Shoalhaven Fire Control on 02 4421 5022 or the Visitor Centre on 02 4443 0977.

    • Evacuations

      If evacuation is necessary, follow the directions of police or park staff. Campground evacuation points are the nearest beach, unless directed otherwise.

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  • Please do not feed the animals

    Enjoy your food at picnics and barbecues! Feeding animals is very tempting but has damaging consequences for the area's ecosystem.

    • Feeding attracts crimson rosellas, currawongs and ravens, black feral rats, sick, diseased animals, and other creatures that compete with local wildlife. As a result many animals are forced out of nesting hollows, disease is spread and in some instances young animals are preyed on.

      Feeding also makes animals aggressive and a nuisance around campsites. In winter, animals can starve as they have lost the ability to find their own food. It also makes them sick.

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  • Sharks

    Sharks are common off beaches in and around Booderee National Park and a number of species are potentially dangerous.

    • There have been no recorded shark attacks in the region but there is a small risk, particularly between December and March when shark numbers are highest.

      No beaches in the park are patrolled or netted. The Aerial Patrol currently overflies beaches from Stanwell Park to Batemans Bay which includes Jervis Bay on weekends and public holidays in summer. The light aircraft will alert swimmers of sharks by sounding a siren. Park rangers and Police will alert swimmers if dangerous sharks have been reported near swimming beaches.

      There are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of a shark attack:

      • Don't go swimming or wading in the sea between dusk and dawn. Many shark and ray species are more likely to be active and feeding at that time.
      • Swim with other people.
      • Don't swim in murky waters or in estuaries like Sussex Inlet. Dangerous bull sharks favour those types of waters.
      • Sharks feed on fish, seals, and seabirds. Avoid seal colonies and large schools of bait fish - often noticeable by activity on the surface and sea birds diving into the water.
      • Don't swim near wharves and boat ramps where people clean fish and discard carcasses as sharks are attracted to blood.
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