Booderee National Park and Botanic
Gardens are located in the Jervis Bay Territory of Australia.
reserve is composed of two sections:
Bherwerre Peninsula, on the southern foreshore of Jervis Bay, Bowen Island and the waters of the south of the
- lands bordered by Wreck Bay to the south, St Georges Basin to
the north and Sussex Inlet to the west
What is now the 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, which leases the area back to the Australian Department of the
Environment and Heritage
. 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
chosen by the local Aboriginal community.
unspoiled beaches and abundant flora and fauna, the park, located
just three hours from the cities of Sydney and Canberra, is
extremely popular with tourists.
Cape St. George Lighthouse ruin is considered the most significant European heritage site in the park and was listed on
the Register of the
National Estate in 1981.
The beach at Greenpatch
is a popular
destination, and is said to have the whitest sand in the world. In
addition there are abundant surf breaks on the ocean sides of the
Park, most notably South Coast
Although not accessible to the public, a Little Penguin
rookery exists on Bowen Island