Booderee National Park

We want you to have a memorable holiday for all the right reasons.

Please follow these safety recommendations when using the park:

  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat, loose clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses. Stay in the shade when possible.
  • Carry drinking water with you at all times.
  • 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.
  • Exercise extreme caution near cliffs.
  • When on rock platforms, watch what the waves are doing and never turn your back to the sea.
  • Spear guns, hand spears and firearms are prohibited.

Emergency phone numbers

Python, Booderee National Park

  • Life threatening emergency: 000
  • Police: 02 4442 1008
  • Medical clinic: 02 4443 0955

There is a public telephone located at the Jervis Bay Village shop.

Fire

Fire Danger and how to stay safe, at Booderee National Park

Wildfires have devastating consequences, killing native animals, destroying property 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.

In the event of a total fire ban:

  • Fire signs in the park will indicate extreme fire danger and/or total fire ban.
  • All walking trails will be closed except for Murrays Beach, Cave Beach, Bristol Point, Green Patch, Cape St George 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.

During a total fire ban, gas barbecues, stoves and trangias can only be used:

  • 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

The electric barbecues at Green Patch day use and camping areas and Booderee Botanic Gardens can be used during a fire ban.

Reporting a fire

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

Evacuations

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

Please do not feed the animals

Green Patch Picnic area, Booderee National Park

Feeding animals has damaging consequences for the area’s ecosystem.

Feeding attracts crimson rosellas, currawongs and ravens, black feral rats, 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 young animals may be preyed on.

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

Sharks

Shark in waters around Booderee National Park

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

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

Beaches in the park are not patrolled or netted. The Aerial Patrol flies over 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.

Here is what 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.
  • Always swim with other people.
  • Don’t swim in murky waters or in estuaries like Sussex Inlet. Dangerous bull sharks favour these types of waters.
  • Sharks feed on fish, seals, and seabirds. Avoid seal colonies and large schools of bait fish, which are often indicated by activity on the surface and seabirds 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.