Jervis Bay National Park, Jervis Bay

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens, formerly Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens, are located in the Jervis Bay Territory of Australia. The reserve is composed of two sections:

the Bherwerre Peninsula, on the southern foreshore of Jervis Bay, Bowen Island and the waters of the south of the bay

lands bordered by Wreck Bay to the south, St Georges Basin to the north and Sussex Inlet to the westWhat is now a national park was declared as a nature reserve in 1971. In 1992, Jervis Bay National Park was declared. Although the local Aboriginal community was offered two seats on the park's Board of Management, the offer was declined as part of a protest over land rights issues.

In 1995, the park was transferred to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. At this time, the name of the park was changed to "Booderee". The name, meaning "bay of plenty" or "plenty of fish" in the Dhurga language, was chosen by the local Aboriginal community. It is now co-managed with Parks Australia.

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  • Why is Greenpatch not an option to review on Trip Advisor? This place is amazing. As a child I came here throughout the 70's and the fact it does not appear on trip advisor suggests it is still an...  more »
  • This is a gem of an area along the NSW south coast. Many beaches and well defined trails through coastal bushland. All mostly free to enter. Includes rocky outcrops, sandy beaches, picnic areas...  more »
  • Very beautiful National Park with some stunning beaches. A few of the more accessible beaches were a little crowded, but with not much effort you can find a secluded patch of white sand to call your own. The Cape St George lighthouse ruins are worth a visit too.
  • Good to be able to see an Aboriginal designated area. Pity the botanical gardens did not have more information on what the native species plants were used for. That aside the area is well worth the visit and the small entry fee for up to 48 hours is not a real issue as it helps to safeguard the Aboranigal natural heritage.
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